Now, as then, O’Rourke stands tall. The eyes of the nation upon him. Wolves all around. Who will he be? Is he a sheep, following the safe centrist views that make him amenable to so many? Or will he follow the example of the songs he played, standing up in the face of institutions and individuals determined to harm his flock?

Now it is up to O’Rourke to show us that his intentions are true. That the wool is not being pulled over our country’s eyes. That all of his energy and dedication and optimism is more than a show.