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Beto O’Rourke and the Limits of Charisma

In his attempt to unseat Ted Cruz, the Texas congressman earned the “rock star” label. It wasn’t enough.

Beto O’Rourke gives his concession speech in downtown El Paso. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

By Andrew Rice

Last January, before Beto O’Rourke’s campaign raised — and ultimately dashed — the hopes of Democrats around the nation, I flew down to Dallas to see him. We had first met some…

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