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  •  I agree. (10+ / 0-)

    Booker was dancing so fast on Maddow it was making me dizzy.

    I thought the declarations of his career being over may have been premature, but now, I'm starting to consider when the 2012 dust clears, he may have no friends left in the D party.

    Shitting where you eat can be a really bad move in politics. And I am not sure people whose help he'll need to keep rising in the party will soon forget this boneheaded move on his part.

    Wall Street and big money can't make a star all by themselves. Ask Harold Ford, or Carly Fiorina or Meg Whitman.

    "When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." ~ Oscar Wilde

    by Scott Wooledge on Tue May 22, 2012 at 08:31:39 AM PDT

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    •  I don't believe it was a 'boneheaded' move (6+ / 0-)

      I believe Booker's statements on MTP were quite deliberate.

      He was stating unequivocally, that he, Cory Booker, was solidly on the side of Wall Street and big money. He couldn't have made it any clearer that his ambitions hold precedence over any other consideration.

      The only reason Booker's scrambling now is because he realizes that his words will come back to hurt Cory Booker.

      President Obama's re-election campaign and the fate of his fellow Americans - not to mention the rest of the globe - if the Republicans retake the White House in 2012?

      Like I said, not even a consideration.

      Consign corporatism to the dankest crypt, and assign justice to the highest crag. For A More Perfect Union.

      by Alohilani on Tue May 22, 2012 at 09:46:46 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know. (3+ / 0-)
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        I don't know what Booker was thinking.

        I generally follow the rule of "don't assume malfeasance when incompetence will explain."

        A political gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. It appears to me Booker instinctively jumped to the defense of his many friends and benefactors in private equity. But, in fact, Obama's ads deconstruct Bain, not private equity, but apparently that is distinction lost on Booker, and now, apparently to viewers of MTP.

        As a surrogate he fails, in that he doesn't grasp, or isn't able to illuminate that distinction.

        Not that Democrats should be shy about taking on the larger issue of "private equity" in general, as this diary makes the case. It is the root of the economic evil that plagues this nation. But I imagine many of them recognize they're in a glass house on that account so better not to make that larger case.

        "When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." ~ Oscar Wilde

        by Scott Wooledge on Tue May 22, 2012 at 10:01:23 AM PDT

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        •  I tend to agree with you, Scott. (0+ / 0-)

          Booker's been spending too much time with the wrong crowd; it really can mess with your head.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:54:02 AM PDT

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