March 19, 2019

"Beto O’Rourke’s Presidential Platform Is Actually a Restaurant Countertop/Dude, people need to eat food off of those!"

Headline at Eater.
The phenomenon has even spawned its own parody Twitter account, Beto Standing On Counters, with the tagline “Standing on Counters and other assorted furniture til ‘20.”
It's viral. Example:

60 comments:

W.B. Picklesworth said...

What I immediately notice is the comparison of a politician to an animal. That's problematic, right? Since Beto is Hispanic?

Nonapod said...

Between this and his herky jerky hand waving, he's certainly a little odd. The question is will most Dems find his affectations endearing, annoying, or off-putting?

Achilles said...

Just another pretty but empty cell that soap opera women can dump their deep thoughts into.

Robert Francis Orourke is running for veep.

He will likely be chosen because rich white wrinkled dowagers write him such large checks.

CWJ said...

White Hispanic. Very white Hispanic. As in not at all.

traditionalguy said...

Robert Francis was a practiced Skateboarder and a cybe-hacker extrodinaire before he went into pretense that he is a Presidential candidate. He uses his skills well. The hallucinogenic drugs are almost out of his system. So he can duel AOC for the Mellinials vote.

Achilles said...

Democrats are really pushing for illegals to legally vote.

They know they need a bit higher turnout from this key constituency because they are out in the open with their “no borders no wall no USA at all” platform.

Beto is pushing to tear down all walls on the border.

They can’t hide anymore.

Kevin said...

The first thing I thought of was Bobby Flay jumping up and standing on the food prep area in the early attempt to Americanize Iron Chef. It nearly destroyed his reputation for good. You just don't *do* that.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“The question is will most Dems find his affectations endearing, annoying, or off-putting?”

Sheesh! He needs to keep his dirty shoes of the tables and counter tops! I find his standing on tables annoying and off-putting. Elevating himself, too much.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Bob O'Rourke IS the media creation sensation. Are you doing "the counter top" dance too?
It's like that kid swinging his straight arms with a backpack. Feel the sensation.

wwww said...

LOL. This weekend I predicted a "Beto standing on Tables" and "Beto eating Food" twitter feed.

I put his chances at 1 in 5. Many of his small dollar donors were from TX. Will he widen his appeal to the midwest? Biden still has the edge for the nomination, as of now.

rehajm said...

When the cats get on the counter you squirt them with the squirt gun...

Get down, Beto!!!

JRoberts said...

I'm surprised I haven't seen more comparisons to Harold Hill - especially in Iowa.

wild chicken said...

He's being Brash! He's being Daring!

*yawn*

FullMoon said...

Yeah, reminds me of bar top dancing in Coyote Ugly. Mic drop when big ol' John Goodman gets up there to boogie. Bet a dollar Beto has seen that movie more than once

John Goodman inspires Beto

Carol said...

What a dork.

Beto O'Dorke. Heheh.

Is that a meme yet?

Lincolntf said...

For the time being, let's table the issue.

pacwest said...

We are in a governance by celebrity phase. I think I liked the governance by aristocracy better. Has governance by merit ever been a thing, or is it just hit or miss?

What I have seen from Beta so far looks more like he is out on a lark rather than a serious indication he is interested in solving problems.

Bob Boyd said...

He likes putting himself on a pedestal.

Bob Boyd said...

There was a sparrow on Bernie's platform. Beto has fried chicken.

Ralph L said...

I saw the left photo last night and thought it was photoshopped.

This might be a good place to link the funny Beto's Dog's twitter account, if it wasn't already. His dog looks much like the one on the table but sadder.

Tommy Duncan said...

Gravitas.

Kevin said...

Like, dudes and dudettes, we're just gonna, like, surf our way to the White House on a giant wave of national togetherness.

Obama wanted the oceans to stop rising.

Beto likes they do the uppy-downy thing.

Carter Wood said...

If he's nominated, Republicans will have to organize counter-protesters.

Sigivald said...

... I have never in my life eaten a meal off a restaurant counter.

Of of a plate that was on the counter, sure.

But, no, this is dumb.

They can wipe it off when he's done standing on it, just like they do after every customer.

FullMoon said...

Beto is the designated cool guy.
Which reminds me of a story about "Obama, Designated Hero."

An interesting example of using photoshop to change the situation entirely for the benefit of the authors subject.

This particular example has to do with the BP oil spill which was once the most important thing in the world.

Here is the story, with photoshopped pic.



Michael Fitzgerald said...

Looks like he's doing the Tequila Dance from Pee Wee's Big Adventure.... na-na na-na na-na na- Tequila!

Maillard Reactionary said...

Who does he think he is with the furniture action, Tom Cruise?

If he tries that in my house he'll get his ass kicked (and when my wife is done with him, I'll throw him out).

The Vault Dweller said...

I feel a little bad for Beto. When he was running against Ted Cruz, he had near universal love and adoration from the left all over the nation. But now that he is running for President and he is not one of the top preferred candidates for probably most of the Democratic base, he is getting a lot of cool welcomes ranging up to dislikes.

Reminds me of Cindy Sheehan, after she continued her anti-war protests into the Obama years.

Lincolntf said...

I question Beto's shelf-life.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Have you people forgotten Beto's punk rock past? He's sticking it to the man by jumping on a lunch-counter! In honor of the Greensboro lunch-counter sit in! Yeah!

Or something like that!

Whatever, man!

Lawrence Person said...

Not one, but two Althouse links made today's Betopalooza roundup.

walter said...

But can he pull off Pee Wee Herman's Tequila!?

David53 said...

Looks like he's about to leap off the counter and do some crowd surfing.

Darrell said...

There is an ad running on YouTube where a company has a meeting in the conference room and they have to call in the IT guy to fix some problem and a sloppy Brooklyn hipster type comes in a does a tap dance routine on the table top--poorly. I don't know what they're selling or how the commercial turns out because I skip the ending every time the "skip" button appears. Beto's shtick is just like that.

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

I remember way back when Beto was a Latino running against evil whitey Rafael Cruz. Now he's a white dude standing with his dirty shoes where folks just wanna eat.

bagoh20 said...

Maybe the nation isn't completely lost after all:

"Polls: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Less Popular Than Trump, Hillary"

https://freebeacon.com/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-not-so-hot-right-now/

Even Democrats and New Yorkers don't like her. Who the hell voted for the child?

Paul Zrimsek said...

Some people, maybe. I generally insist on a plate.

Ann Althouse said...

Rob said... "I think Beto is trying to show his youthful vitality in contrast to older candidates like Biden and Sanders, and ultimately Trump. It also has him looking like a flake, however. But he is a flake, so at least it’s authentic."

That was double posted and I was deleting one just as Rob was deleting the other.

I always delete the older one... in case you ever think you might be in that position.

JaimeRoberto said...

It's probably best not to think too much about what happens on countertops and tables at bars and restaurants, but because it is pretty gross when you think about it.

JaimeRoberto said...

Beto is the Olivia Jade of politics. Young and good looking according to some. No real accomplishments. Making his way thanks to wealthy benefactors. Both seem to be famous for being famous.

madAsHell said...

I truly wish I could take credit for this, but........

Looks like Bobby.
Drives like Teddy!!

Ralph L said...

Beto is the Olivia Jade of politics

Or the wite-in Paris Hilton for soap opera women.

gadfly said...

Robert Francis (you can call him "Beto", "Cisco" or Pancho" but I like Seesco) O'Rourke needs to pop over to the Althouse Amazon portal for a couple pairs of MyShoeCovers Premium Reusable Shoe and Boot Covers for Contractors - Pair | Black - X Large

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gadfly said...

Robert Francis (you can call him "Beto", "Cisco" or Pancho" but I like Seesco) O'Rourke needs to pop over to the Althouse Amazon portal for a couple pairs of MyShoeCovers Premium Reusable Shoe and Boot Covers for Contractors - Pair | Black - X Large

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RobinGoodfellow said...

Blogger W.B. Picklesworth said...
What I immediately notice is the comparison of a politician to an animal. That's problematic, right? Since Beto is Hispanic?


Well it’s certainly problematic for the dog, Mr Picklesworth!

RobinGoodfellow said...

Blogger Sigivald said...
... I have never in my life eaten a meal off a restaurant counter.


So, never once in your life picked a fork off a counter to eat said meal?

Never had a piece of food fall onto the counter and then pick it up and set it on the edge of the plate because you don’t want the waitress to think you’re a slob?

We expect the counter to be wiped down prior to use—but we also expect that the wiping is designed just to remove contamination due to other food, not mud from someone’s dirty shoes. I mean, I doubt this guy’s shoes have any crud one might associate with hard, dirty work, but still.

JaimeRoberto said...

I have to admit, I had to check out what he was doing with his hands. Trump's comment worked.

walter said...

Beto, gato
Tomayto, tomahto
Let's call the whole thing fluff

wildswan said...

He comes from the counter-culture and sometimes he needs to get his feet back on his linoleum roots.

Dad Bones said...

If he keeps at it he might earn a Trump nickname, something like Beto the bozo.

FullMoon said...


HaHa!

Katrina Pierson

@KatrinaPierson

Nancy Pelosi - “I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16.”

Beto O’Rourke at 16:

“Wax my ass,
Scrub my balls.
The Cow has risen,
Provide Milk.”

*Apologizes for immature state of mind*#ThinkAboutThat
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11:25 AM - Mar 19, 2019

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Beta is the "hold my beer" candidate.

Achilles said...

FullMoon said...

“Wax my ass,
Scrub my balls.
The Cow has risen,
Provide Milk.”

About this waxing ass thing.

Is this about hair removal or is there some joke?

Maybe it was an inside joke.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

William said...

That's got to be some kind of health code violation. If it isn't, that's only because no one else has ever tried it before. Maybe Fred Astaire as part of a dance routine, but in ordinary life people don't give speeches on restaurant countertops.......There's also the risk that some jokers will make it rain and start throwing dollar bills at him.

rcocean said...

I think R-Fork is really running for VP. He's the perfect fit for a woman VP or a POTUS candidate who was alive when we invaded Normandy. But i agree trying to be 'youthful' is a tough counter to surf on. Try to be too youthful and you come off a childish goof. JFK sold it in 1956, because he was War Hero and a 10 year Senate/Congressional veteran.

Bunkypotatohead said...

When is he gonna take of his shirt?
Show us those titties, Beto!

West Texas Intermediate Crude said...

Looks like Bobby.
Drives like Teddy!!

Votes like Fidel!!!

JAORE said...

I remember a pink shoe wearing woman who ran (for Governor?) in Texas a few years ago. Made a splash at first. Became a media darling. Lost. Faded fast.

Beto, the new meteor man.

JAORE said...

Brain kicks in... Wendy Davis, aka Abortion Barbie.

John Ray said...

I'ts O.K. that he was standing on the counter. Remember, after losing to Cruz, he went to N.M. and literally ate some holy dirt, so, if he walked in N.M. dirt, the bar's customers will get some and then not be required to go to confession. On the other hand, he might slip on spilled vodka and fall from the bar, a second blessing.