Kennedy ORourke and rising Dem stars of 18
As the Trump administration suffers from the political equivalent of a nervous breakdown and an earthquake election is approaching in November, it is appropriate to consider the Democratic stars who are emerging to take the limelight in what will be known as "post-Trump America," which may begin sooner than pundits think.
One of the leading lights for Democrats ready to seize the moment is Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who is emerging as an important national leader with a political future that knows no limits.
In Texas, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) is surging in his campaign to defeat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) and become the surprise Democratic superstar coming out of the midterm elections.
O’Rourke is one of the strongest Democratic candidates to run for statewide office in Texas since my former boss and mentor Lloyd Bentsen served brilliantly in the Senate and as secretary of the Treasury.
The odds that O’Rourke defeats Cruz are north of 40 percent and rising, in my view. The man known as Beto represents a politics of conviction for higher values and courage in refusing to bend to the lesser instincts of our times that have lowered the standards of far too many politicians in far too many places.
Beto O’Rourke and a sterling cast of Texas Democratic candidates running for the House in 2018 have the potential to turn Texas purple in November. The trends in early voting before the Texas primaries suggest a stunning advantage for Democrats.
With the rise of Kennedy and O’Rourke, it is possible to envision a Democratic future in which Massachusetts and Texas are united again on a Democratic presidential ticket, which worked out quite well in 1960!Read More...