June 1, 2022

There appears to be a PR effort underway to excuse “Beto” O’Rourke’s shameless politicizing of the Texas Governor's Uvalde news conference as him being so inflamed with passion about gun violence that he couldn’t stop himself from speaking out. But (surprisingly) a CBS reporter has thrown cold water on that excuse.

Janet Shamlian was there, and she says she noticed that when “Beto” showed up, two alledged “seat holders” sitting across from her on the third row aisle immediately got up so that he could take their seats, which were unobtrusive but perfectly positioned for him to later storm to the front. She said, “So this seems something very clearly staged by ‘Beto’ O’Rourke and his campaign wanting to confront the Governor at this moment.”

I didn’t think it was possible to make that tasteless outburst seem any worse, but knowing that it wasn’t just his bad idea but that the people around him actually thought it up, discussed it, agreed that it sounded good, and planned it in advance without any second thoughts makes it even more imperative that they never be allowed without shouting distance of any levers of power.