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Beto O'Rourke
The Democrat primary field is expanding and morphing at a pace rivaling that of the Blob in the eponymous 1958 Steve McQueen sci-fi movie, with Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke about to be the latest Democrat to be absorbed into its formless bulk.

A principle-free media creation, the skateboarding fake Hispanic, convicted drunk driver, married to the daughter of a billionaire former Texas Congressman seems to be an excellent representative of the new Far Left Democrat party.

But, like Bernie Sanders, let’s not sell Mr. O'Rourke short.

Beto is the perfect candidate to appeal to Leftwing millennials, now a key demographic in Democrat primary elections; he skateboards, he is for universal healthcare, for free higher education for all, for open borders, for amnesty for illegal aliens and for gun bans.

And as the son of a onetime Republican county judge and a longtime furniture store owner, the one-time Democratic congressman from El Paso married into the family of one of his hometown’s most prominent developers and has assembled real estate investments worth millions reported the AP’s Will Weissert.

Congress is rife with rich people, but O’Rourke had a 2015 net worth of about $9 million, ranking 51st out of 435 House members, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

So, since he’s got his, he has no problem taking yours.

O'Rourke was a vocal opponent of the GOP tax reform bill:

The conference tax bill that was rushed to a vote today is even worse than the House version that passed last month. It repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. This will cause 13 million more Americans to lose the ability to see a doctor. One million in Texas alone, the least insured state in the union. Those Texans lucky enough to still be insured will see their premiums go up by an average of $1,730 a year. So we’ve got to ask, is there really a tax break if families have to pay more for their healthcare and their children’s well-being?

The conference bill also disproportionately benefits the wealthiest. 83% of the tax breaks in this bill flow straight to the top 1% of Americans. It will cause inequality to grow and hurt the very people we should be helping. The gap between the very rich and everyone else is currently larger than at any point since the 1920s, and is greater here than any other developed country. But this tax bill further grows that gap.

As a Member of Congress O’Rourke had a long and troubling record of supporting new and higher taxes:

Voted against the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which doubled the child tax credit, provided rate cuts for individual taxpayers in all brackets and repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate.

Voted against repealing the Death Tax.

Voted against child Tax Credit Expansion.

However, Alexi McCammond, writing for Axios, explained why none of that matters for Democrats.

McCammond reports a December poll from the progressive group MoveOn suggests that O'Rourke is poised to blow up the 2020 Democratic primary. That's a sign that it doesn't matter who the parties want anymore, because it's up to the voters.

The MoveOn poll found that O'Rourke has emerged as the most popular Democratic candidate, even beating Vice President Joe Biden. (Nearly 3 out of 10 said they didn't know who they'd support or wanted other choices.)

Democratic strategists say it's only one poll and it's too early to know how much it means. But it is a sign that Democrats don't have a clear frontrunner yet, and the next presidential election will be all about who's got the talent to catch fire.

O’Rourke showed some of that talent when he caught President Trump’s eye with his comments about tearing down the existing walls on our southern border.

“I hear the Democrats want to take down all of the walls along the southern border, and if they do that, you’re going to have a very different country,” Trump told a White House press gaggle. “But they’re not going to do that. . . . First of all, they won’t do it because they know it’s wrong. They know walls are necessary — maybe more than we do. But they’re playing sort of a game, and the new game is, ‘Let’s take down all the walls.'”

“I saw where Beto wanted to take down walls,” Trump continued according to Amber Athey of the Daily Caller News Foundation. “They asked me, ‘What do you think,’ I said, well, ‘That’s probably the end of his political career.'”

While the President and conservatives saw O’Rourke’s comments as a political deathblow, the Far Left cheered his chutzpa for actually saying what they all really want to do: Open America’s borders.

As we explained yesterday, Bernie Sanders’ $6 million opening day haul was a bucket of ice water in the faces of the other Democrat presidential aspirants, but the buzz around Robert Francis O’Rourke shows that the Democrats have no inclination to find a centrist candidate.

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