Beto O’Rourke seemed to be having a good run as he visited Iowa to campaign. A torrent of attention seemed to follow him wherever he went. But as his visit wound down, so did the enthusiasm.
With Democratic candidates coming out of the woodworks, O’Rourke isn’t the shining star that he began as initially. While he’s done well initially he seems to be reality seems to be hitting him hard.
He’s going to have to do the work,” Iowa Democratic National Committee member Scott Brennan shared. “And it isn’t all breathless, 300-person crowds.”
O’Rourke had great beginnings in fundraising, but he still hasn’t been able to surpass Bernie Sanders. Beto has found a niche of national attention, but recently that spotlight has shifted to Pete Buttigieg. It’s hard to say how O’Rourke will fair should Biden announce his candidacy as well.
Although O’Rourke is still holding his own, many aren’t feeling the fire that was present when he ran against Ted Cruz. If O’Rourke is going to start running out of steam already, he doesn’t stand much chance of lasting through the race.