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Ellen K. Pao throws water on Beto O’Rourke’s presidential ambitions in one tweet

Ellen K. Pao throws water on Beto O’Rourke’s presidential ambitions in one tweet
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Last night, attractive dad and former ’90s rock band member Beto O’Rourke announced his intention to run for president. The Texan had spent the last few months hemming and hawing about his political future, but it was abundantly clear that he was most probably going to run.

O’Rourke tends to get stellar press: For example, he’s the next cover subject for Vanity Fair, with Annie Leibovitz photos to boot. He seems like a guy who knows how to say what his audience wants to hear. But one persistent criticism about O’Rourke’s presidential ambitions was tweeted last night by investor and Silicon Valley activist Ellen K. Pao:

It’s is a pretty concise thought: O’Rourke spends a lot of time discussing progressive ideals, and yet his very presence somewhat goes against what he’s saying. Other observers on Twitter noticed his (at best) obliviousness to gender politics:

Despite the fact that he certainly piqued the nation’s interest when he was running against fellow Texan Ted Cruz for Senator, it should be remembered O’Rourke still lost. It’s certainly interesting that he decided to go forward with national ambitions (despite a decidedly full playing field) when there are other more local campaigns he could take on.

These online observations are something to mull over while considering the many potential Democratic presidential nominees, though perhaps O’Rourke hasn’t thought about it from that perspective.

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