Last month, former Democratic Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke (TX) was a media favorite among the crowded field of 2020 presidential candidates.
But that’s all over now. The mainstream media is leaving Beto for a “younger, hotter candidate,” Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced on Tuesday.
“Imagine how it must feel to be to be Beto O’Rourke right now. If you’re O’Rourke, you’re out there running for president really hard, or at least running for vice president. You are running anyway,” Carlson said in his opening monologue.
“You are giving speech after speech every day: ‘Children are our future. Today the first day of the rest of your life.’ Inspiring stuff like that, deep stuff like that,” he continued.
“And there is a physical component to the job, too. You’re riding your skateboard for the camera, taking God knows how many selfies for your fans on Snapchat and Instagram. It is not
Unfortunately for O’Rourke, it didn’t last.
The media’s newest crush
“Then one morning you wake up and discover that your one true love, the American news media, have called it off,” Carlson explained. “They’ve left you for a younger, hotter candidate.
Carlson proceeded to show clips of various media figures from CNN, MSNBC, and “The View” fawning over Buttigieg as if he was the second coming of former President Barack Obama, which is exactly how some billed him.
“Even by the naughty standards of the news media, this is a new level of political commitment,” Carlson said. “They don’t just want to vote for this guy, they want to consume him, like hearty stew.”
“Every last drop of Buttigieg. Yum. They’re all in,” he added. Carlson wondered what was so special about Buttigieg that had the media falling head over heels for him, but was unable to reach any sort of reasonable conclusion.
Carlson’s opener was as accurate as it was hilarious. O’Rourke’s time in the sun is over. Whether the media’s infatuation with Buttigieg lasts, however, is an entirely different question.