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Booker enters the Democratic Party political presidential mosh pit.

Booker enters the Democratic Party political presidential mosh pit.
February 01
21:07 2019

The perceived vulnerability of President Trump in 2020 is resulting in more Democrat candidates and potential candidates than there will be suited-up football players on the field during the Super Bowl. Even if you eliminate the more what-are-you-thinking-of obscure types, the Democrats are still likely to have more candidates entering the first-in-the-nation Iowa primary that the Republicans fielded in 2016.
The latest of these is former Newark, New Jersey Mayor and current United States Senator Cory Booker. He chose to make his announcement on February 1st, the first day of Black History Month to underscore his black heritage.

Apparently, in anticipation of this move, Booker used his brief two years in the United States Senate to shed his more moderate views. Once a strong supporter of school choice – and a guy who has voted for border walls in the past – Booker is now talking more like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In that, he is not pushing the Democratic Party to the far left, but merely hoping to catch the tailwind of that trend – a trend actually led by the likes of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. Booker has joined the ranks of the Democrat talking dolls who spew the same talking points when their string is pulled.

The comparisons to President Obama are unavoidable. Booker is obviously black – something Harris is, although not by appearance or genetics. He is making his bid after only one-third of his first term in the Senate.

Booker has charisma. He is handsome man and one of the better orators, although not as good as Obama. His style seems more polished than sincere due to a propensity for exaggerated emphasis and hyperbolics. Remember his overly dramatic claim of experiencing a “Spartacus moment?”

Booker lacks the traditional presidential facet of being a good family man. He is not a bad family man, because he has never been married. But having a potential First Lady is a definite asset. He would be the first bachelor President since James Buchanan, who was gay – with Senator William Rufas King, of Alabama, as his roommate and paramour. (In the cloakrooms of the Capitol Building, the President and Senator were knowns as “Aunt Nancy” and “Miss Fancy.”)

There is zero evidence that Booker is gay – and as they would say on the old Seinfeld Show, “but there is nothing wrong with that.” But, you can damn well bet that the more venomous social media rumormongers will have a field day with the no marriage deal.

Of course, to stave off those rumors, Booker could remind voters of his admitted sexual assault on a young girl – who had been drinking — during his high school days – a confession he later made in a guest editorial in his Stanford University newspaper. According to Booker, made several attempts to fondle her breasts despite her efforts to push him away. “I finally reached my mark,” as he declared in his column.

A black running for President is far from new. There have a been a bunch of them. Frederick Douglass was the first to make the effort in 1848, 1872 and 1888. Other notable black candidates for the nation’s highest office were Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (1972), Walter Fauntroy (1972, 1976), Barbara Jordan (1976), Jesse Jackson (1984, 1988), Douglas Wilder (1992), Alan Keyes (1992, 1996, 2000, 2008), Al Sharpton (2004),Herman Cain (2012) and Ben Carson (2016). There were also scores of blacks nominated by third parties – including Worker, Communist, Socialist, Green, American Independent, Reform and many other titles that have come and gone.

Barack Obama was the first actually to gain a major nomination, and he went on to become the first declared black President – although that is not his dominant genetic make-up. It is just the way we do things in modern America.

Booker, like most all of the Democrats, got the uncritical positive promotion of the left-wing media. His announcement was the major news story of the day – garnering more air time than the issues of “the wall” and another possible shutdown, and the end of the SALT treaty with Russia. It was all praise from fawning reporters and panelists.

There is too much time and too many primaries between now and November of 2020 to even conjecture how well Booker may do. He will get the positive media coverage he needs to stay in contention. That is about the only thing of which we can be fairly certain.

So, there ‘tis.

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8 Comments

  1. No other name
    No other name February 02, 20:23

    Is Malania an asset to Mr Trump? You implied that me trumps vulnerabilities are perceived? Perceived? I’m quite sure they are real. All the things you think Senator Booker is short on me trump has none of—-good Golly. Oh, trump is married and Sn Booker is not. Senator Booker has only two years experience in Congress. He was Mayor of a city. What was trumps public service?????

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  2. Brendan Sexton
    Brendan Sexton February 02, 21:50

    The columnist glides by unaware of the racist mentality that leads to his repeated references to someone’s (always a person of color’s) ‘genetic makeup.’ Also unintentionally comic is his implication in each case: that the candidate is ‘not so very black’–or not ‘black enough. Comic because of the company he keeps in making these points–is he aware of this? Not that it matters; no one is listening to him.

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    • thinkr2
      thinkr2 February 12, 22:04

      But you are reading him. And it looks like a few other people are, too.

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    • thinkr2
      thinkr2 February 12, 22:06

      Uh, it’s the ‘liberals’ who make everything about race. Obama is as much white as he is black, but it’s the black that ‘counts’ with Democrats.

      Besides, the article is about the latest black (who isn’t very black) presidential candidate and the black presidential candidates who preceded him. Some of whom I voted for and would have been happy if they got elected.

      I don’t recall ever hearing about a politician (besides Elizabeth Warren) who is not “a person of color” making a selling point of their ‘genetic makeup.’ So why would genetic makeup of so-called ‘white’ people (actually pink might be more accurate) need mention, let alone “repeated references”?

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  3. Joz Lee
    Joz Lee February 02, 22:22

    Booker has charisma. He is handsome man and one of the better orators, although not as good as Obama. His style seems more polished than sincere due to a propensity for exaggerated emphasis and hyperbolics. Remember his overly dramatic claim of experiencing a “Spartacus moment?”

    Booker lacks the traditional presidential facet of being a good family man. He is not a bad family man, because he has never been married. But having a potential First Lady is a definite asset. He would be the first,
    bachelor President since James Buchanan, who was gay

    *** I don’t think he’s HANDSOME…at all… and how he acted during Judge Kavanaughs confirmation hearings….. made me want to ‘projectile’… LOL

    and for being single? hmmmmm Kamala could help him with her ”Mattress” wife @ White House needs.

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  4. kbhret
    kbhret February 03, 01:39

    The more the better.
    Such a quandary for the mostly white mainstream media…. WHICH MINORITY CANDIDATE DO WE SUPPORT??? LOL

    From Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy to today’s cast of democrat knuckleheads…… WOW!!!!!!!!

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  5. Doug C.
    Doug C. March 02, 06:23

    Zero evidence that Booker is gay? Zero buzz about it so far?

    LOL.

    The “gay thing” has been haunting him for years and might have cost him an election victory in the past.

    The rumors are heating up now, which is why Booker suddenly copped to trying to feel up a girl in his youth.

    The only people who have accused him of sexual harassment, however, are male.

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