Maybe it was because he was behind a lectern and not on a coffee shop counter somewhere in Iowa, 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke seemed a little subdued at Wednesday night’s debate, although he did steal the thunder of Corey Booker and Julian Castro by breaking into Spanish first.
Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri was watching the Vanity Fair cover star work his magic at the debate, and she managed to boil down just about every one of O’Rourke’s answers into just one tweet:
Q: do you support x?
Beto: i'll tell you a story. once I was walking down a lovely road, a camino, if you will. I met a very remarkable person. her name was gloria. she had a dream to one day be the example used in a State of the Union address, and I said I would do what I could
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) June 27, 2019
Pitch perfect. Sad to say.
— Lynn Sherr (@LynnSherr) June 27, 2019
So accurate https://t.co/lng0DqUSnY
— Valérie Beaudoin (@Val_Beaudoin) June 27, 2019
— Ben (@benduffie) June 27, 2019
— Skye ? Beare (@skyebeare) June 27, 2019
Nailed it https://t.co/KCvB2zthjz
— Harold Lutz (@wakeohsleeper) June 27, 2019
"And now in Spanish . . ."
— Dong Johnson (@froodude) June 27, 2019
— Tara Schoenherr (@TBombin) June 27, 2019
I call this the McConaughey approach. One word in Spanish, spell out a simple word and put your foot on a chair. "how about a cerveza for the Y O U" (stetting foot on chair) https://t.co/lLt5wUFrkL
— BD (@sewryzo) June 27, 2019
In this format, the candidates don't have time for folksy stories, and Beto's stories made him look particularly goofy and dim. https://t.co/gIEKFp9A3e
— Don Sloan (@doctordonuwl) June 27, 2019
I was going to tweet a joke about Beto being the Anecdoteotron 3000 but this is better ? https://t.co/2yyPCmUR5y
— ClinicEscort (@ClinicEscort) June 27, 2019
— Penelope Pit Stop? (@penelop06848466) June 27, 2019
99% of candidates: I have a family. In my family I have a dad/mom/son/daughter/uncle/etc. who had it tough but overcame adversity by doing something inspirational. So, you can trust me. I am of woman born- not a programmed political robot. https://t.co/A4J93pFqsF
— Oothoon (@oothoon) June 27, 2019
Let’s not forget Amy Klobuchar running all her gun control proposals past Uncle Dick in his tree stand to see if he’d be affected.
Growing up with a Texan part of a family, THEY ALL tell stories. I try not to hold it against them. To be honest. It annoys the fuq out of me, but….Texans.
— Alt Ghost Pepper (@Anootchka) June 27, 2019
— Big'un (@BVintheDro) June 27, 2019
Maybe Beto’s better suited to run story time at the library than sit in the Oval Office.
The look on Cory Booker’s face when Beto O’Rourke broke into Spanish is priceless https://t.co/QAmdXr08jw
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 27, 2019