March 28, 2019

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Beto O'Rourke is Genuinely Inauthentic (CHRISTIAN SCHNEIDER,  MARCH 28, 2019, The Bulwark)

The 1992 movie Singles is a Gen-X touchstone. In it, the character of Steve (played by Campbell Scott) approaches Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) at a loud, crowded bar. Steve tells Linda he would like to talk to her, but he doesn't "have an act." Linda responds that not only does he have an act, she tells him "not having an act is your act."

In last week's Vanity Fair launch profile of Beto O'Rourke, readers were told that the Generation X wunderkind lives by the code of realness ascribed to members of his generation.

"Beto O'Rourke is quintessentially Generation X, weaned on Star Wars and punk rock and priding himself on authenticity over showmanship and a healthy skepticism of the mainstream," Vanity Fair's Joe Hagan explained.

In Hagan's piece we learn, for instance, that every speech O'Rourke gives is, for him, a "mystical experience." Beto doesn't prepare speeches, he says. Instead, he is simply filled by them.

"Every word was pulled out of me," O'Rourke tells Hagan. "Like, by some greater force, which was just the people there. Everything that I said, I was, like, watching myself, being like, How am I saying this stuff? Where is this coming from?"

In short, not having an act is O'Rourke's act.

...that the Left/Right could never process was that his emptiness was no act.  Thus, the Left filled him with their absurd Socialist dreams and the Right with their racist/Islamohomophobic nightmares, while he governed as a moderate Republican.  It's best not to assume there's any more to Beto than the Kennedy cutout.

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