For Democrats stuck in the basement of statewide Texas politics, Beto O’Rourke is fresh air.
That doesn’t mean the two-term El Paso congressman will beat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, but it does signal that the party out of power is doing a better job of fielding candidates.
O’Rourke, 44, is not some has-been, or a product of the nutty fringe. He has solid ideas and understands that America needs bipartisanship in order to end gridlock in Washington. His embrace of social media makes him ideal for younger voters. He’s a former singer, guitarist and punk rocker.