Former punk rock band guitarist and current candidate for Texas governor Robert Francis O’Rourke, or ‘Beto’ to those he tries to get to vote for him, recently told reporters that he did not want Joe Biden to campaign for him. The stated reason? ‘Beto’ does not want any national politicians to come in and tell Texans what to do.
Focus groups and political advisors have indeed vetted this claim to play upon every Texan’s creed of “Don’t Mess With Texas,” but could there perhaps be another reason at play? Indeed it does not do with Biden’s current popularity cratering. Recent Reuters polling shows the President’s approval rating underwater and continues to trend downward. The poll also indicates that Americans judge the top issues like public health, the COVID crisis, and the economy.
Biden is struggling on both metrics. 50.1 percent currently disapproves of his handling of the COVID crisis, given the explosion of Omicron cases. On the economic front, another survey conducted by Morning Consult and Politico found that 62 percent of voters believe Biden is partially responsible for the supply chain issues impacting shelves across the nation. On the two most critical issues to the public, the President is failing.
A cynic might point to this data as an explanation of why Beto does not want the leader of the free world to leave the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, otherwise known as the fake oval office, to stump for him. Or could it be that the President does not want to attach himself to a candidate who has failed in not one, but two, highly well-funded campaigns (Senate 2018, President 2020)?
Determining which camp is responsible for keeping Biden hiding in the basement will not matter in the long term. The incumbent, Governor Abbott, is crushing Beto in the latest poll by 15 points. Robert Francis O’Rourke seems destined to go down in history as a perennial loser of campaigns regardless of who shows up to help him.