On Nov. 1, 2019 one of the many democratic presidential candidates, Beto O’Rourke, announced the concession of his run in the 2020 race. With a countdown to the election now down to a year, it is inevitable for some of the candidates to drop their bids for the Democratic nomination and subsequently the presidency. Funding and enthusiasm from the country eventually dwindle for smaller, younger and inexperienced candidates if their momentum does not pick up. O’Rourke’s candidacy succumbed to these maladies. It is only a matter of time for many of the other candidates to do the same.
O’Rourke became a favorite in the 2018 election for Senate in Texas, his home state. However, he lost the election to the incumbent, Ted Cruz. Many of his supporters pushed him towards the presidency, with the hope that since he lost the senate, maybe he was supposed to win the presidency. O’Rourke went into it even though he did not have prior experience. He continued running on his passion and authenticity front that many of his supporters loved him for.
For the same intense passion and authenticity for the United States and its people, O’Rourke also had a lot of people who disagreed in where he placed his passion and ideas. He had lots of individuals who disliked him and knew it was only a matter of time before he dropped out of the race due to his vehement liberal views. O’Rourke was seen as more of a controversial candidate due to his radically left-leaning views.
To imagine the United States of America in a time where Beto O’Rourke is president would not be a bad life in a lot of American’s opinions though. The majority of Americans are not happy with the current presidency and it is probably safe to say that they would want almost anyone else. O’Rourke wanted to repair the divide the country is currently in and wanted to do it for everyone. In his “Thank you.” message from his announcement of dropping out of the race, O’Rourke says “I decided to run for President because I believed that I could help bring a divided country together in common cause to confront the greatest set of challenges we’ve ever faced…We knew the only way our country would live up to its promise is if everyone could stand up to be counted. We released the most ambitious voter registration and voting rights plan, one that would bring 55 million new voters into our democracy, and remove barriers for those who’ve been silenced because of their race, ethnicity or the fact that they live with a disability.” Unity was one of the biggest things that he preached, but it is something that is very tricky and hard to do when you are applying to a position to represent an entire (and very large) country when you are also very passionate about one side.
Even though O’Rourke appeared to have good intentions, to move the country forward, his ideas are not the medicine that the country is willing to swallow just yet. On the same note, O’Rourke probably is not ready to swallow the presidency yet either. In time and experience, the country and O’Rourke might be ready for a presidency, but not yet. The only thing right now that the majority of the people in O’Rourke and the country are ready for is someone new in the Oval Office.