WALSH: You Should Never Be A Fan Of A Politician. They Are Servants, Not Celebrities – By Matt Walsh (Dailywire) / March 20 2019
In one of the most embarrassing tweets ever to be published on the platform, a Twitter user posted a picture of a woman looking longingly at Beto O’Rourke while Beto has his arm around her. The caption reads: “I hope someday that my wife looks at me the way this woman is looking at Beto. BTW, this is my wife.”
This is the kind of cultish support Beto inspires, for reasons that remain mysterious to me. You can’t really call it “support” at all because support is conditional. Beto has fans, not supporters. He has shameless groupies who create things like “BetoSong,” along with all of the other Beto songs you can find online if you decide to go looking for them (I don’t recommend it). And this is why Beto will almost certainly be the Democratic nominee. He has no policy proposals, no discernable vision for America, no qualifications to speak of, but he makes people swoon and climb over each other for autographs. That’s all you need these days. It’s why Drake or Bradley Cooper or Ariana Grande or Tom Brady could all be president if they wanted to be. The only thing saving us from a Cardi B presidency is her age — and the fact that she can make a lot more money in rap.
It’s great for politicians if they can provoke this kind of reaction. But it’s terrible for America and deadly to democracy. No American should ever be a “fan” of a politician. Conditional, skeptical, critical support is the most these people should ever be able to get from us. Fandom is meant for sports and Hollywood, not politics. And I am not just applying this to Democrats.