Everything’s bigger in Texas — including, it seems, the number of people who get excluded from a Trump rally because there aren’t enough seats.
According to the Houston Chronicle, over 77,000 people have signed up for a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz hosted by the president in Houston as Cruz tries to put his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, behind him.
There’s a slight problem, however: The venue only holds 18,000 people.
The rally is scheduled for Monday at the Toyota Center, home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Chronicle his department is “fully mobilized” for the event — and that includes the possibility of an overflow crowd.
“Keep in mind that once the capacity is met, you won’t get in whether you have a ticket or not,” Acevedo said, according to the newspaper.
That’s pretty much a game-changer for Trump fans hoping to make it in at the last minute. If you want to get to the event, you’d best be lining up early.
The Chronicle also mentioned a rally for O’Rourke nearby “that could draw thousands more people.” Probably not 77,000, though.
“We will have many many officers out and about,” Acevedo told the Chronicle. “We will have officers on the high ground, low ground, in the air. We will have officers in plainclothes, we will have undercover officers, we will have react teams.”
In fact, O’Rourke seems to have been piggybacking off of Trump in a number of respects of late. He even decided to borrow Trump’s nickname for Cruz during the 2016 GOP presidential primary battle — “Lyin’ Ted” — during a debate last Wednesday.
While the rally will feature Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the chief draw is President Donald Trump, a man who, until recently, was not beloved of Cruz.
Then again, the silver medal winner in the 2016 primary contest is having a more difficult time against O’Rourke than he ordinarily would, although recent polls have shown Cruz pulling away.
The great irony here, however, is that for all of the fawning articles that the media has put out comparing O’Rourke to a new-age Kennedy (he certainly has the dangerous driving down, but that’s about it), the most excitement generated during the entire campaign in Texas seems to have come from the president alighting in the state.
I don’t think that Beto’s ever had to turn away nearly 60,000 people from an event. I don’t think that’s actually going to happen. There isn’t a Rolling Stone profile that’s pseudo-hip or obsequious enough to generate sufficient interest in Rep. O’Rourke.
Sure, liberals outside the state may love him. They’re not the ones who are going to be voting for him.
We’ll see just how factual the polls in Texas have been on election night. While the current average shows Cruz with a comfortable lead, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s even more comfortable on the night of Nov. 6.
As for the enthusiasm gap that Monday’s rally seems to indicate, Texas isn’t the only place we’re seeing it. Take Nevada, where President Trump was able to draw an exponentially bigger crowd in Elko than former Vice President Joe Biden was able to draw down in Las Vegas. Love him or hate him, that’s saying quite a bit, particularly given that Biden has been leading in the polls for the Democrat nomination in 2020, according to CNN.
While Democrats may be riled up in general about Donald Trump, they’re not exactly psyched about their individual candidates. If you’re a liberal, quick, name the candidate in Nevada that Biden was stumping for. I can almost guarantee most of you not in Nevada — and quite a few of you from there — couldn’t name Rep. Jacky Rosen without doing a Google search. Yet, liberals pretty much need to take Nevada if they have any hope of controlling the upper chamber.
In fact, of the Democrats trying to improve their lot in public office, Beto O’Rourke is probably the best-known of the bunch. And he’s probably going to lose. Perhaps you can still see a blue wave, but only if you overlook a whole heck of a lot.
Of course, this is contingent on conservatives keeping up the enthusiasm and getting out to vote. Remember — showing up at the voting booth is infinitely more important than showing up at a rally.
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