Zero to 60

Edward-Isaac Dovere, in The Atlantic, has an interesting profile of Beto O’Rourke and his will he or won’t he” run preamble to a possible announcement this week. The whole thing ends with thoughts on how to get the Beto Machine running if he announces a bid for the presidency.

Everybody’s waiting with bated breath,” says South Carolina Democratic Chairman Trav Robertson, acknowledging how much interest remains in O’Rourke. The 2020 race is just getting going in the state, he says, and the other campaigns are still all walking with baby steps here.”

But after all this buildup, Robertson says, O’Rourke will have to be able to make a lot happen, and quickly, with a team that for the most part will have only been working for him for a few days.

What kind of infrastructure do you have in place when you make the announcement?” Robertson says. Because you’re going to have to go from zero to 60 in two seconds.”

That’s the trick isn’t it? Right now I’d say Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have the infrastructure and really seem to be running to be President. Sure, Bernie Sanders has plenty of left-over infrastructure and name recognition, but I bet he doesn’t do particularly well in Iowa.

Of course, it is far, far too early to predict anything. Although, I bet if O’Rourke does make a run, but doesn’t quite snag the nomination he’s going to be a VP candidate.

March 11, 2019


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