One would expect, given the amount of time and attention Beto O’Rourke has spent on the evils of President Trump’s border wall, that he might have spent at least a small portion of that time thinking of more acceptable ways to address the crisis of illegal immigration. This is a guy who has blasted the idea of a border wall, even going so far as to film an ad insisting that a wall would shrink the territory of the United States and cut off American access to the Rio Grande. And besides, the ad argues, most of the illegal immigrants in our country are visa overstays, not border-hoppers.
But in an interview with the Washington Post, the best answer O’Rourke could come up with in response to the question of what to do about migrants who overstay their visas?
“I don’t know.”
Cool, let’s elect this guy president, shall we!
“That’s a problem when you’re like, ‘It will be a wall,’ or ‘It will be this,’ or ‘We can only do it with this,’” O’Rourke said when WashPost pressed him on his vague answers. “The genius is we can nonviolently resolve our differences, though I won’t get to my version of perfect or I, working with you, will get to something better than what we have today . . . It’s rare that someone’s ever been able to impose their will unilaterally in this country. We don’t want that.”
There’s something to be said for caution, but this is not that. This is a guy who has taken every swing in the box against Trump and his “evil” immigration policies that penalize illegals. And yet, when you ask him to improve upon the situation, he says, “Oh, let’s have a national dialogue.” Um, yeah. Say, Beto, where have you been for the last five years? We’ve been having that very dialogue. If you can’t come up with something meaningful to say about immigration in that time, you’re not too bright, are you?
But it’s clear that this has less to do with O’Rourke’s intelligence and more to do with following in the footsteps of his hero, Barack Obama. Obama was the ultimate empty vessel politician, riding his way to victory on a platform of promises so vague they could simply be boiled down to “hope and change.” If you wanted to believe that Obama would end the Iraq War, you could go ahead and believe that. If you wanted to believe that Obama would buy your family a new car, hey why not. He didn’t say he wouldn’t!
That’s the playbook the Texas Democrat seems set to roll out as he inevitably joins the crowd of thousands to run for the nomination in 2020. We’d like to think it will fail, but you have to admit: It worked like a charm last time.