From the look of the polls, Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke never had all that much chance of unseating Republican Ted Cruz in the November elections. O’Rourke was always a media creation, designed to make headlines, create a new “rising star” in the Democratic Party, and garner ratings and web hits for liberal news outlets. He was not designed to win this election, and he will not win this election – especially not after what he said Thursday.
Apparently forgetting that he’s running to represent a state that is in the solidly red category, O’Rourke told a CNN town hall audience that he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if the voters of Texas put him in the U.S. Senate. For a state that is still firmly behind the president, this should be the final nail in the coffin of Betomania.
Asked if he had reconsidered his call for Trump’s impeachment, which he made in the wake of the president’s Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin, O’Rourke said simply: “I haven’t.”
“There may be an open question as to whether the president, then the candidate, sought to collude with the Russian government in 2016,” O’Rourke said.
The Democrat went on to say that even if Trump wasn’t guilty of collusion, he was certainly guilty of obstructing the investigation.
“In broad daylight, on Twitter, he asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russia investigation,” he said. “I would say that’s obstruction of justice. The best course to get there so that every member has all the facts and that they are compelling enough to do the right thing is to allow the full independence and integrity of the Bob Mueller investigation.”
O’Rourke said he would be willing to support impeachment even if the facts did not present a clear case of either obstruction or collusion.
“I would liken impeachment to an indictment,” he said. “There is enough there to proceed with the trial for a full vetting of the facts and to make the best-informed decision in the interests of this country and our future.”
The most recent polls show that Cruz is up 9 points on the challenger. By the time this debacle of an impeachment answer disseminates through the Texas electorate, that number is likely to swell. When it’s all said and done with, Cruz will not only defeat O’Rourke, he will do so at least as handily as he won his first term in the Senate. O’Rourke has made himself into a national star with this campaign, but he ain’t gonna be a senator.