Dispatch 45 Beto’s Out – Interview with Politico’s David Siders

Congressman Beto O’Rourke entered the presidential race with much fanfare on March 14, 2019 and suddenly announced the endo fo his campaign on Friday, November 1, 2019.

There’s still 100 days until the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primaries, so a lot can happen. Which of the remaining 17 Democratic Party primary contenders do you think will or SHOULD win?

Plus my interview with Politico’s National Political Reporter, David Siders, who had been embedded with the Beto campaign, on what went wrong, what role the media played, and what comes next for Beto.

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4 Comments

  1. November 3, 2019
    Reply

    We heard a Political reporter state the fact that Beto did not talk enough to Reporters and give them what they wanted at the beginning, so that is why he had the less than stellar relationship with them. So Beto supporters are not wrong in stating that the Media expects people to meet their requirements. That is not what it should be like.

  2. Lori
    November 4, 2019
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    Omg new favorite podcast.

  3. Melissa
    November 4, 2019
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    Thank you for this. Very informative. Helped shed light on why his campaign may have faltered.

  4. Matt
    November 4, 2019
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    Great interview! I’m glad you pressed Siders on where exactly Beto went wrong with the press, because he doesn’t seem to have a good answer other than, “He didn’t return my phone calls.” He is quick to give the press the credit for Beto’s 2018 rise (all those hagiographies) and even quicker to absolve them of any responsibility for his fall, even though he immediately blamed it on the fact that Beto “alienated journalists.” He seems to confirm that Beto got burned just because journalists got their feelings hurt. The fact that he offers Buttigieg’s media promiscuity as an example of an opposite strategy certainly suggests as much. It’s very Mean Girls, isn’t it?

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