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View Diary: Cory Booker at WVU- Wow! (34 comments)

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  •  I trust you AFC (5+ / 0-)

    I know some people will see this diary and say "Oh, he's just drinking the Kool-Aid".  But I've seen enough of your comments to know you aren't some naive neophyte.

    I'm not sold on Booker yet, but no Democrat has won the White House as a straight up liberal since Lyndon Johnson, so the purity trolls won't win any points with me.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:47:04 PM PST

    •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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      I hope that the diary made it clear that I was more impressed by his delivery than his message. The message was OK, but as has been pointed out in other comments, he had certainly tailored his remarks to a college audience.

      I am closer to Jill Klein in political philosophy than any other major politician in the US. Despite that I remain a Democrat and happily voted for Bill Clinton and Obama. Booker is probably cut from the same cloth. He said he was more libertarian on social issues (he made a big deal about LGBT rights and trashed the War on Drugs). Some of that may have been for the audience but probably some is also generational.

      He may crash and burn due to hubris, but if not I expect that he will be a major player for a long time.

    •  Purity vs. Loyalty; priorities; tri-triangulation (3+ / 0-)

      Obama is more of a triangulator than a Progressive purist, especially towards the financial industry and education reformers.

      After Booker triangulated (which is the most charitable characterization of his "nausea" and false equivalence) against Obama's bet-the-election attacks on Romney's Bain Capital vulnerability,

      Is it "purity trolling" to regard Booker's triangulation of the triangulating President's re-election effort as a major problem in the area of loyalty and priorities?

      It is true that Bill Clinton dabbled in this position too, but then he turned around and became Obama's most effective (and very active) surrogate for the last few months of the campaign.

      In contrast, Booker ducked a Governorship challenge to Christie (which could have earned Booker some loyalty redemption and at least softened up the dangerous Christie), and instead has been pressuring Lautenberg to drop out of the Senate race.

      In light of this recent history, Booker needs to show much more than charisma and articulateness before he has a right to Progressive support in any primary.

      There are plenty of opportunities.  I would be impressed if he worked to promote an end to the private equity "carried interest" tax loophole, which could be done without any accompanying vilification of the type that he was "nauseated" by.  This would be a good way to demonstrate that the relevant "concern" is truly about tone, as claimed by Booker, Jamie Dimon and others (For more background, see:

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      by emorej a Hong Kong on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:34:39 AM PST

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