Christopher Hooks

Christopher Hooks is a freelance journalist in Austin, Texas. 

Recent Articles

Beto Versus The Barrio

The rock-star Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for president, once supported the bulldozing of a low-income neighborhood in his hometown of El Paso—a project spearheaded by his father-in-law.

This article is a preview of the Spring 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . EL PASO, Texas – Ever since his near-miss Senate defeat to Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke’s political project has been on hiatus. “ Have been stuck lately ,” O’Rourke wrote in a post on Medium somewhere between Kansas and New Mexico. “In and out of a funk.” But here he is , across the street from where President Donald Trump is rallying supporters, at a baseball field on a cool February evening, getting the band back together. Annie Leibovitz is on stage, shooting photography for a much-discussed Vanity Fair profile . Dave Eggers is in the crowd, writing for The Guardian . And so are a few thousand El Pasoans. The once and future candidate is on stage, waxing eloquent about “the best traditions and values of this country.” It’s the O’Rourke whom Democrats and the media fell in love with during the 2018 campaign: the...