Okay, so I thought I would take a moment to answer some questions people are throwing my way about coverage bias in the Reyes / O'Rourke race.
I wrote a few days ago that O'Rourke will be - scratch that, already has been - the recipient of some soft coverage in his bid to unseat the Congressman. Aside from literally portraying him as a superhero who is able to block walk 10 precincts in a single hour, they appear to be burying anything that's going to make the Congressman look good.
Like I said before, deal with it. Its the reality of the situation when you have someone in their 30's taking on someone in their 60's.
Case in point, the Congressman has an event that marks $1 billion he's brought to the El Paso area. A BILLION dollars. The El Paso Times has it in their "In Brief" section of the Borderland section, under a follow up to a story about a school board official in Tornillo.
Seriously, the Congressman got big-timed by a now ex-school board official in Tornillo! TV news ran a blurb about it last night, but mostly in that sweet spot between weather and sports!
And now...on to the video.
I wasn't going to write about it, but since David K did, well, monkey see, monkey do.
(The video first appeared on Paul Strelzin's message board last night)
If you haven't read David K's piece on this, you should. Its hilarious! You may not like him, but you gotta admit, he's good.
I agree with him on a few points. Mostly on the fact that this happened at The Tap and about rich white people hanging out at dive bars because they think its cool. He's right, its really annoying.
If they really want a dive bar for that authentic feel of hanging in the hood, check out The First Cocktail Lounge on Sunday night when Mike Guerrero plays there. That should cure them. (One look at the bouncer, La Loca, yes that's what she is called, and they'll see what a real dive bar looks like. But its great fun and you can't beat the music.)
But I think this is something that is really bad for O'Rourke. First of all, lets count all the bad decisions that took place here.
First of all, The Tap! Aside from the fact that I think they still have a trough with ice for a urinal in the men's room, what are they doing partying there of all places? Its owned by the Abraham's. They aren't know for being fans of O'Rourke.
Second, its not like people haven't tried to do this to them before. Remember the four of them have a bit of a goody two-shoes aura about them that any number of people in town would love to exploit. There were rumors about videos of other members of Team Shapleigh partying it up in previous elections. The videos never surfaced, but the point is they knew what a danger public spectacles can be.
Third...the timing. Its not like this was a few years ago or something. If that were the case he could use the classic line of "it was in the past, it was a mistake, blah, blah,..." This was this freakin' year. His last day on city council was late June. If you recall, he said he was not going to run last time because he wanted to spend time with his family.
Having Susie Byrd smack his ass while he's on the floor in a downtown bar shortly before he becomes a candidate for Congress doesn't exactly fit with the message.
Fourth...karaoke? Look, I don't know if he was drunk or not. I wasn't there. But falling on the floor and singing karaoke in a downtown bar screams of being drunk. Karaoke is almost synonymous with being drunk these days. Listen to your friends talk about how wasted they were at the last party they went to.
Homie #1: Man, I had such a good time last Saturday night, I was sooo wasted?
Homie #2: Really foo, how wasted were you?
Homie #1: I was so drunk foo, I did karaoke!
Homie #2: Daaammnn ese, I sure hope you didn't drive vato!
Homie #1: Nah, that's why I took my ol' lady.
See what I mean?
Personally, I don't have a problem with him being drunk. I enjoy a cold beer myself from time to time. But I don't ever recall being so hammered that I was on the floor having my booty slapped by another man's wife. I might do some dirty dancing or dance like a fool when I'm drunk...guilty. But falling on the floor...nope. I'd hope my pals would stop me before reaching to that point.
Although I'm fairly sure I was too drunk to walk a time or two when I was in the Army. Although that was in my early 20's and I wasn't thinking about running for Congress.
All joking aside, this is bad for O'Rourke. This is going to make it look like he doesn't have the maturity for Washington. He's already going to have a tough time with his legalization position, and when you put this video in the conversation, well you can see where this conversation goes.
I don't think this video just goes away. It looks like a campaign commercial waiting to happen. This video has a chance of overtaking the infamous Lesbian Gay Woman video of 2010.
People will question his judgement, which is bad for a candidate. Its not like I haven't seen any number of other elected officials and candidates hammered before. Hell, there's a former JP candidate that is pretty much the Norm of my watering hole and that guy is hammered every time I go to that place. But we live in an age where almost everyone has a smart phone that can take pictures, audio, and video and upload it to the internet while you're still waiting in line to use that trough.
If you are going to party like a rock star, do it at home where you are less likely to get it caught on tape.
But this is different. This is a guy running for Congress.
This is bad. And much like the infamous Lesbian Gay Woman video, its yet another self-inflicted wound.