Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Beto, Beer, and Benster

Hey man, pull my Beto:
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s livestreamed New Year’s Eve chat — featuring the former Harvard prof cracking and swigging a beer — is being widely panned as inauthentic pandering, with some political operatives calling it a desperate effort to compete with young contenders.

“It’s called ‘pulling a Beto,'” Democratic consultant Scott Ferson chuckled, referring to up-and-coming progressive Beto O’Rourke, a possible 2020 rival of Warren.
When you're less authentic than the fraud from El Paso, that's saying something. There's more:
Ferson and others noted that the 69-year-old Warren has not been known for the down home, digital fireside chat approach, and it seemed contrived.

“She’s never really made this type of appeal,” GOP strategist Ryan Williams agreed. “She’s nervous about newer younger faces in the Democratic party. She’s making a pretty desperate attempt to make it look like she’s cool.”

“Elizabeth Warren seems more like a chardonnay senator than a beer senator,” quipped Tobe Berkovitz, a Boston University politics professor who was a longtime Democratic communications specialist. “It’s just sort of trying too hard … and people have pretty good radar for that sort of thing.”
Two years into the Trump administration, there's one thing he does that's consistently amazing -- he makes all his opponents look terrible. They denounce, they flail, they pretend to be something they're not. It's difficult to suss out how much of that is Trumpian bad juju and how much of it is simply people revealing themselves when the cameras arrive. But I have a suspicion.

A story: when Benster was young and playing Little League baseball, he didn't have a particularly strong arm, which limited his ability to progress much beyond that level. Because he didn't have a strong arm, his coaches generally didn't think to use him as a pitcher. As a result, Benster only got to pitch a few times, but when he did pitch he could be pretty effective. Why? Because he didn't have a strong arm, his pitches almost seemed like lobs to the kids he was pitching to. They would just about fall out of their shoes trying to kill the ball as it approached. He would strike out a few kids and most of the ones who did hit the ball tended to hit weak ground balls to the second baseman. Almost no kid he faced had the patience to wait on the pitch long enough to hit it hard, even though they would take ferocious swings. As long as Benster threw strikes, he'd get kids out.

As we watch the lineup of Democratic candidates come up to the plate in this cycle, watch what happens. I predict a lot of them will be taking ferocious swings, but won't make solid contact.

5 comments:

John said...

"As we watch the lineup of Democratic candidates come up to the plate in this cycle, watch what happens. I predict a lot of them will be taking ferocious swings, but won't make solid contact."

And we drop the first baseball analogy of the new year!

It is almost as if Trump is throwing spitballs and despite a clearly biased umpire crew they can't stop him.

Didn't Althouse say the NY Times has picked Kamala Harris as the one for 2020? Shouldn't that end the Democratic primary race?

R.A. Crankbait said...

I think it's a matter of Trump knowing his real audience, his supporters, and what they like. For the Democrats, trying to get a fix on what will attract a winning majority is like trying to hit a knuckleball in a hurricane. Too many constituencies, and mostly all they have in common is screaming.

Bike Bubba said...

Somehow it seems to me that Trump makes his opponents look bad because they are.

Mr. D said...

Somehow it seems to me that Trump makes his opponents look bad because they are.

Shaving with Occam's Razor again, I see. LOL.

Bike Bubba said...

Yup. But let's be honest; what do you say about a lady who probably disclosed a number of serious personal and governmental secrets to the Russians and Chinese? What do you say about a woman whose own daughter accuses her of being more or less a Mafia goon? What do you say about the guys that prevented any serious look at Obama administration misdeeds?

To point this out is not exactly rocket science!