The Bizarre Candidacy of Beto O’Rourke

Former Texas politician Beto O’Rourke has announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president. He enters a field of candidates that now seems like a who’s who of the far-left including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kristen Gillibrand.

O’Rourke was the loser of the 2018 senate election to Republican Ted Cruz and brings a colorful past to his presidential campaign. That includes time spent in a punk band and membership in an early hacker collective called the ‘Cult of the Dead Cow.’

For a party that is obsessed with ‘inclusiveness,’ the very white O’Rourke presents a dichotomy for the politically correct far-left. The young Beto grew up in privileged surroundings which defies the current mantra of the ‘new’ Democratic hopefuls.

He is the 13th Democrat to enter the race.

With the national spotlight now shining on the arm-waving ‘Kennedyish’ young man, he will be forced to explain a somewhat bizarre past.

bizarre hand movement by Beto O'Rourke
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Beto O’Rourke The Violent Killer

For instance, his writings include his own chosen alias, “Psychedelic Warlord” where he describes some women as “Sluts” for having “violent boyfriends,” and suggesting ways to deal with this that include informing “Nazi Skins in your area” that they had “AIDS.”

The “Psychedelic Warlord” also wrote about a piece from the perspective of a narrator. That ‘person’ confronts a feeling of boredom and aimlessness that includes a killing spree by hitting children with a car. The piece, dated 1988, described the murders as an “act of love” provoking a feeling that was “simply ecstasy.”

“I had killed nearly 38 people by the time of my twenty-third birthday, and each one was more fulfilling than the last,” Psychedelic Warlord wrote.

The El Paso Times reported O’Rourke has acknowledged his membership in the ‘Cult of the Dead Cow,’ but O’Rourke “did not say whether he regrets his involvement.” As Beto dismissed it, “It was something that I was a part of when I was a teenager in El Paso a long, long time ago.”

Fuel For Negative Campaigns

Nevertheless, in a time of ultra-full disclosure, this sort of information must rattle many high-level Democratic lawmakers thinking about opposition TV commercials down the line in the election cycle. The various writings are dated between 1987 and 1989 when he was a mere 18-years-old, but it is still red meat should O’Rourke’s campaign catch fire.

The avalanche of media scrutiny is bound to widen in the ensuing months. Thus far Americans have been subjected to videos of O’Rourke’s punk past, his penchant for skateboarding and getting his teeth cleaned.

As well as his aimlessness spree killing piece, he wrote, “Wax my ass, Scrub my balls. The Cow has risen, provide milk.”

O’Rourke has stated his presidential campaign will be a focus on climate change, education, gun laws, health care and immigration. It appears none of that will be as important to potential voters as explaining away the writings of his youth.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.