Politico: Right Before His Campaign Collapsed, Beto was at F**k ItNovember 4, 2019
What’s interesting about O’Rourke at this moment is not just that he’s saying “fuck” a whole bunch—he’s always dropped curse words on the stump—but that he’s entered more broadly a new phase of his 2020 bid, which supporters find inspiring and critics consider desperate to the point of pathetic. Up close, though, it feels pretty compelling.
Let’s go ahead and call it Beto’s “fuck-it phase.”
“That’s where I think he’s at now,” Moses Mercado, a Democratic lobbyist from Texas, told me. “He’s like, ‘OK, well, screw it.'”
“Eff it,” Austin,Texas-based Republican strategist Brendan Steinhauser said.
“He has no fucks to give,” added Jay Surdukowski, an attorney and activist who is one of O’Rourke’s most devoted backers in New Hampshire.