I know that Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a friend of Rachel Maddow's, which ought to give him unimpeachable progressive cred, but I've always sensed a certain amount of creeping Harold Fordism to him. It's a difficult balancing act, trying to be business-friendly and a strong progressive at the same time, especially since businesses seem bound and determined to hold the country hostage, with threats to leave the US rather than pay one more penny in corporate taxes. Newark in particular needs to attract business in order for this long-troubled city to revive, so I can somewhat understand it. But Booker clearly has his eye on higher office, and he knows that speaking ill of the company that gave him over a half-million dollars during his first mayoral campaign can come back to bite him later on when he tries to attract money for a Senate or gubernatorial campaign.
Still, it was an uncomfortable experience watching Booker, with nervous flopsweat practically seeping through the TV screen, try to backpedal on having equated ads about Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital in terms of job creation with dragging out Jeremiah Wright for another flogging:
It never ceases to amaze me how even smart Democrats like Cory Booker, even after all this time, can still get hoodwinked by Republicans. When a high-profile Democrat calls ads for another Democrat's presidential campaign "disgusting", why is it a surprise that the GOP would do something like this:
I don't know what it's going to take for so-called Democrats to understand how the GOP plays -- or come out and admit that they are on the same side as the GOP and it's all kabuki theatre. After all, this is a party that sends out mailings depicting the Democrats as the Guardians of Social Security only weeks after Nancy Pelosi said she'd support Simpson-Bowles. Today's Democratic Party is either hopelessly stupid or hopelessly venal...and I think we're learning which one it is.
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