by Chris Stevenson
Campaign ads are back in the news. The same conservatives who hated on President Obama for taking credit for his planned and authorized hit on Osama bin Laden are now complaining about a series of infomercial-style attack ads against MA Governor Mitt Romney and his history with Bain Capital. Only this time they have help from an unexpected source; fellow democrat Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark NJ.
The timing for Booker to curry favor with the republicans couldn’t be better even if it were planned. Just over a month ago he was praised for saving a woman from a burning building in a community close to where he lives (Booker eschews fancy Mayoral suburban or college-areas and mansion preferring to live among those who voted for him in the hood). Obama on the other hand was back in the dog-house in the eyes of over half of America, the son of a Kenyan and an American Anthropologist, a lot of whites think his ultr-liberal white mother married one of her lab-specimen and one day out pops our President. Now a brotha turns on him, a superhero brother so it seems. Barack can’t get a break.
Everybody loves a superhero story, “The Avengers” earned over a billion dollars in record time, where does that leave Booker? He’s either Bull-Market Man or Bull S**t Man, a corporate democrat spinning BS faster than a speeding bullet. Many of your fathers saw a guy in shirt and tie change into Superman in a phone booth, Booker changes once he gets a call on his smart phone. You can safely assume someone from Bain needed him to rescue them from the President, it may even have been Romney himself. Faster than you can climb up a wall with a Bat-Rope, Booker was on “Meet the Press.”
Some people are even talking Booker to run for President. President of what I have no idea, but if they’re talking of sneaking him into the 2012 race as a Gubernatorial candidate then he’ll just be another vote-splitter, man.
It’s a shame on several levels, his heroic actions to save a woman from a burning building at the risk of his own life is being perverted into a launching-pad to make him a hose. Booker being asked to douse Obama’s 2012 Campaign by people who wouldn’t listen to him anymore than they listen to the current President were he to hypothetically win. I don’t really take issue with the things Booker was saying about Obama (which I hear he is now trying to retract) or pretend I have his knowledge of hedge-funds and investments. The Newark Mayor is a Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar, but someone needs to tell him this is the president, not Conan O’Brien whom he once fueded with.
The things Booker took issue with regarding Obama’s calling Romney a job destroyer, and how it made him feel “uncomfortable” and “nauseating” is a bit too much considering that mud-slinging has been going on in politics for thousands of years. The real question is what exactly makes Booker feel uncomfortable? If it’s Obama’s attacks on Bain on the left or Jeremiah Wright from the conservatives as he claims it is, then why did he wait until now? Enter politics’s greatest cliche; follow the money.
The Think Progress website reveals that Bain hooked Booker up way back in ’02 during his first run for Mayor. According to another site “They were among his earliest and most generous backers.” Contributions ran up to $115,000 and $565,000 overall. Money talks and so is Fire-Marshall Booker (for a small fee of over half-a-million that is). Don’t call it a backstab, call it returning a favor.
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