He is increasingly playing a very specific role: the human straw man, the embodiment of every seemingly irrational conservative fear about what the left ‘really’ wants.
…After adopting gun control as a marquee issue following the mass shooting in El Paso earlier this year, O’Rourke promised a mandatory gun buyback program for assault weapons, memorably telling a moderator, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
…[Beto’s] comments about churches and guns are especially remarkable, in that he’s essentially adopting unpopular stances that Democratic politicians have spent years claiming are unfair caricatures of their actual beliefs. He is turning himself into a walking straw man, the non-fringe guy Republicans can reliably point to when they want to say: “See, the libs really do want to take your guns and shut down your churches.”
…If O’Rourke really was only talking about specific instances of employment discrimination, perhaps it would have been smart to say so on stage.
…As for guns: It barely needs mentioning that the National Rifle Association’s entire fundraising and political strategy at this point consists of trying to convince its members that Democrats are coming to steal and melt down their rifles. The typical response from Democrats has been to say that, no, they just want some sensible regulations that will prevent needless deaths. As Hillary Clinton put it at the party’s national convention: “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns.”
Yup, dude’s off the rails, not thinking things through, throwing thousands if not millions of other people under the bus and basically just needs to sit down and STFU.