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This was bound to happen sooner or later. Cory Booker went on Meet The Press today to express how 'uncomfortable' he was with the Obama Campaign's attacks on Bain and Romney.

“I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker added. “If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses — to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable.”
He also stated:
It’s either gonna be a small campaign about this crap, or it’s gonna be a big campaign about the issues the American public cares about.”
Booker's statements come as no real surprise, to anyone who has followed his career. He was initially elected Mayor of Newark, NJ with the strong, though clandestine support of many Republican leaders in New Jersey. The Republicans were eager to dismantle the powerful Democratic political machine of Sharp James, the long-time mayor of Newark prior to Booker.


Booker lost his first election against James, but defeated him four years later. Booker ran as a Democratic reformer, which was a fair characterization. The Sharp machine was very corrupt. It was one of the last old-time urban Democratic machines in the US. I certainly supported Booker in his election bid, but there was always a nagging feeling that he would let us down one day.

Booker is very tight with Wall street and big money in general. Marc Zuckerberg's first big act of 'charity' was to put up $100 million dollars to reform Newark's school system. This money was used to buy-out teacher contracts. These teachers are unionized, of course, but the Booker Administration decided that Newark had too many teachers - funny how Newark must to the only school district in the country with a glut of teachers. Go figure!

What has bothered me most recently is the you-tube video with the despicable Governor Chris Christie. I think the video is hilarious, but why make a video which humanizes an asshole like Christie.

Booker has been a good Mayor in many ways. I like his hands-on approach to governing. He has shown courage and leadership. However, I am suspicious of his long-term political agenda and his attempt to defend Bain and Romney shows that he is not much of a Democrat - a Blue Dog at best - and we seem to have too many of this stripe to begin with.


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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:42:55 AM PDT

  •  misunderstood, as I expected. (2+ / 0-)
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    Booker's city needs the financial people who find it cheaper to be in Newark than in New York (Prudential, for example.) New Jersey benefits from many should be Wall Street companies with offices across the river.

    Moderates like Booker don't like having to attack the idea of making profit or having a successful company. He personally did not make his career on attacking people. That's one reason he's in the Christie video - they actually get along.

    Booker is one of a few politicians from either side that would rather not go negative.

    But honestly, he'd be verbally massacred if he was running for president himself. He had to get voters to believe and trust him just running for mayor of Newark. People who were used to BS.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:49:21 AM PDT

    •  I understand his need to attract back-office (19+ / 0-)

      jobs from wall Street. That isn't really that hard as the Street is eager to move jobs out of Manhattan. His big competition is downtown Brooklyn.

      I wouldn't mind him sucking up to Wall Street to help his constituents, but I draw the line at going on national TV to sandbag the President of his Party.

      Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

      by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:12:32 AM PDT

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      •  In the Watershed fight Booker lost (1+ / 0-)
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        Booker has alienated most of his Booker team council members.

        Some predict that within 2-3 yrs the entire Essex county
        Dem machine will be overturned.

        PArt of that has to do with NJ-11 in the new district, it losses Morris cnty towns and gains very democratic towns in Essex. SO the cnty comittee is faced with fighting Congressman Frelinghuysen, something the comittee has never had to do.

        FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Sun May 20, 2012 at 12:09:17 PM PDT

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      •  The way money is made on money is central (0+ / 0-)

        to the national debate. Booker is certainly smarter than this failure to make such distinctions would indicate. I doubt that he had a brain fart. So, what is he really up to?

        The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

        by Wolf10 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:37:42 PM PDT

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        •  He is doing what his puppet masters on Wall Street (1+ / 0-)
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          want him to do. He is very deliberately betraying the President and doing everything he can to undermine Obama's re-election.

          Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

          by OIL GUY on Mon May 21, 2012 at 04:05:48 PM PDT

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    •  The suggestion that to attack the practices (18+ / 0-)

      of Bain under Romney is to attack "the idea of making profit or having a successful company" is false. That's just another way of stating Romney's view that envy is the only reason people criticize his record at Bain. That's BS, and you know it, and so must Corey Booker.

      "The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles." Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan

      by psnyder on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:33:57 AM PDT

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    •  Rather not go negative? (3+ / 0-)
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      Like the fued with the NJ Devels owner?

      Like Bookers attacks in the City watershed fight, attacks vs Bookers own City COuncil, members of the so called Booker team. Booker has not had a sit down talk with Ron C Rice in over a year, Rice was the FIRST council canidate to side with Booker, when Booker lost to James, and Rice stuck with Booker, to Booker win 4 yrs later.

      Now in the primary to replace Payne Sr in Congress Booker cant be heard from, cause he doesnt want to make further enemies.

      Essex county Exec Joe Dee is tied to Christie and George Norcross, Booker fits right in with him... which is why in Essex county there is a cnty com revolution brewing, to unseat these so called democrats.

      It remains to be seen if Payne JR can beat Ron C Rice in the NJ-10 primary. IF Rice wins there will be some heads rolling within 2 years. Joe Dee, and Booker will be targeted.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sun May 20, 2012 at 12:05:22 PM PDT

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    •  So moderates are nice and liberals are mean? (0+ / 0-)

      That is idiotic.  Bloomberg and Giuliani are two of the biggest douche bags on the planet.

    •  He had no problem going negative on (0+ / 0-)

      Sharp James, his Democratic predecessor, during their campaign.

      He had no problem knifing President Obama in the back on Meet The Press, in what may be the biggest act of political betrayal in American history.

      I can't think of a scummier politician than Cory Booker.

      Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

      by OIL GUY on Mon May 21, 2012 at 04:03:58 PM PDT

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  •  about his discomfort (12+ / 0-)
    It’s either gonna be a small campaign about this crap, or it’s gonna be a big campaign about the issues the American public cares about.
    I, as a member of the American public, care about Bain capital, and have been uncomfortable with the mere presence of corporate raiders and liquidators large and small for decades. These are the guys who have left holes in communities hearts and souls and it's about damn time they were portrayed as they really are.

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:13:09 AM PDT

  •  Hey he is no different from a Democratic (8+ / 0-)

    politician from Kentucky or West Virginia, who dares not sh*t on the coal barons. But aside from that, Romney and the Vulture Capitalists need to be attacked! F**K Wall Street, hey Booker take a look at your buddy Harold Ford, and see how relevant he is, if you want to go there. As a matter of fact I hope you get your ass Mic-checked, at the State Democratic convention in Seattle in a few weeks.  

    One does not simply walk into Mordor! One invites a gas driller in, and one’s land becomes Mordor. Chris From Balloon Juice

    by Mr Stagger Lee on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:13:40 AM PDT

  •  He was always a questionable Dem (4+ / 0-)

    and some in the Black intelligentsia have long distrusted him for his stances on public employees and privitization.  He is no Barack Obama, who is no FDR....but he is smart and would still be preferable to a guy like Christie, who is, in truth, what the NJ Dem leadership aspires to become like. I'm looking at you, Steve Sweeney ( D-Norcross ).

    •  Nearly the entire city council (1+ / 0-)
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      has been alienated by Booker.

      The Watershed fight was really the last straw- last year.

      If Ron C Rice wins the NJ-10 primary Essex dems are in for some turnover. Joe Dee ( D-Norcross ) and the current cnty committee.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sun May 20, 2012 at 12:11:20 PM PDT

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  •  One nit-pick (5+ / 0-)
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    Booker lost his first election against James, but defeated him four years later.

    Sharpe James decided not to run for reelection in 2006. The candidate Booker defeated was Senator Ron Rice, who was James' choice to succeed him.  Rice was underfunded and, rightly or wrongly, too closely associated with James.

    I'd like Booker a lot more if he wasn't presiding over one of the most progressive cities around.  Places like that, I'd like to see strong progressives running.

  •  I thought he could have handled it much better. (10+ / 0-)

    Even Jim Kramer called Bain out for its EXCESS vulture capitalism!

  •  Extremely disappointed in Booker (14+ / 0-)

    Yeah, I know a lot of his constituency works in the financial industry, I get that.  But when you have a panel talking about the excesses of Wall Street and the voice of reason isn't a rising Democratic star but Jim Cramer - Jim Effin' Cramer, fer cryin' out loud - something's wrong.

    That being said, I'm now convinced that Stephen Colbert's character on "The Colbert Report" isn't so much a parody of O'Reilly as it is a dead-on impersonation of David Gregory.  You won't find a bigger tool in any home improvement big box outlet than Gregory is.

    "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

    by Theodoric of York Medieval Liberal on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:42:50 AM PDT

  •  He's missing the point, entirely (7+ / 0-)

    The point isn't whether Bain or other vulture capital firms haven't created some jobs. The point isn't even whether they've created more jobs than they've destroyed.

    The point is whether experience at such a vulture capital firm provides experience that directly translates into an ability to create jobs as president. Because, after all, we're not auditioning Mitt Romney for a job at another vulture capital firm; we're auditioning him for a government job, the top one.

    •  yes... (2+ / 0-)
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      absolutely...and I, for one, see absolutely no reason to think Romney has some magic potion just because he was in the business world for a while...

      and as noted above, extremely disappointed in Corey Booker...not the least of which is that he does not  understand this point...

  •  What an idiot Booker is. And to think (2+ / 0-)
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    I thought this guy had some sense in him. I guess he is positioning himself for higher office, thinking the whole lets not attack each other is the way to get there.

    The buffoon is in for a rude awakening.

  •  He can kiss 2013 & 2016 goodbye. Stupid statement (4+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Sun May 20, 2012 at 12:04:50 PM PDT

  •  Bain and Rev. Wright are not equivalent!!!! (11+ / 0-)

    The first rule of surrogacy is do not call your side's message "crap". When he compared the use of Rev. Wright with the questioning of Romney's claim to have been a
    job creator" while directing Bain, I felt so very sad.

    Jim Cramer (who also depends on Wall Street) did a terrific job of questioning the Romney campaign's economic message. Even the lady from the WSJ editorial board mentioned that Bain was a ripe subject for tax equity.

    If Mayor Booker cannot go out there and make the case, then he is a poor surrogate. If he believes people talking about losing their jobs while Romney made millions is "crap", then he isn't the guy I thought him to be.

    Hopefully this was just a one time mistake and he can redeem himself. I follow him on Twitter and I can't wait to check if he is catching some grief.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 12:38:43 PM PDT

    •  This. (10+ / 0-)

      The Romney campaign has been trying to create an equivalence between Wright attacks and Bain attacks, calling them both "character assassination."

      They are, of course, not equivalent at all. The equivalent to a Rev. Wright attack on Obama would be a Mormon attack on Romney. Both, I agree, are out of bounds.

      But Romney's whole campaign is based on his supposed record as a businessman. Why is it beyond the pale to examine what he actually did as a businessman? It's not, of course. Any more than it would be out of bounds to examine Obama's record as President.

      But Booker just validated the GOP's false equivalence between Wright and Bain, acting as if they are both examples of dirty campaigning that is not about "the issues". Nothing could be further from the truth but Booker just gave the media cover to see them as equal. What a freakin' idiot.

      I'm a dyslexic agnostic insomniac. I lie awake at night wondering if there's a dog.

      by rennert on Sun May 20, 2012 at 01:27:37 PM PDT

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  •  NJ Dems are controlled by Wall Street (0+ / 0-)

    See John Corzine.

    If you were Booker and you went to cocktail parties with Wall Street d-bags every weekend (which you know he does) you would develop at least some level of empathy for your Wall Street friends.

  •  So is it dirty pool for Romney to attack Obama's (5+ / 0-)

    record as President?

    If Romney is going to run on his record as a businessman, then that record is open to criticism.

    I'm sure this is coming from Booker getting complaints from his Wall Street friends that Obama is being too mean to their industry by attacking Romney's record.

  •  Corey Booker is pro-business and comes across this (4+ / 0-)
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    I had occasion to meet and talk with Corey.  The impact his dad had on him is very great.  His dad was one of the first African American executives at IBM.  He has a generally positive view of business (small and big) and market forces and sees having his city being an attractive place for business as essential for the success of his city and for the people who currently live there.

    Corey has been successful getting the support of Democrats from Silicon Valley and Wall Street business and finance mainly from their view that he is the best hope for turning around depressed cities - there is little or nothing that Corey can do today in return as a political favor.

    Many Democratic politicians come across to business people as being hostile to business.  Corey comes across as pro-business and sees working with business as the way to significantly improve his city.

    Corey cares more about what he thinks is good governing than what is good politics.  What he said today on MTP was fully in character.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Sun May 20, 2012 at 01:00:11 PM PDT

    •  except criticism of Bain is not the same thing (4+ / 0-)
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      as criticism of business or even just private equity in general.

      That is simply an absurd equivalence and Booker is too smart to actually believe that silly argument. This was a calculated decision. MTP got the headline and Booker got a grand stage to pander to donors and show his willingness to stab his own party in the back if the price is right.

      •  Corey Booker's "brand" is as a pro-business (0+ / 0-)

        Democrat and from talking with him, I think this belief is sincere and not just a way to get campaign contributions and business projects for his city.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Sun May 20, 2012 at 05:59:29 PM PDT

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        •  this has nothing to do with being "pro-business" (3+ / 0-)
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          it has to do with pushing BS political rhetoric for personal political gain.

          Again, criticism of Bain Capital is not the same thing as criticism of business or the idea of private equity firms. Equating the two is BS political rhetoric. Booker may very well be sincerely "pro-business," but evidently, this does not prevent him from dishonestly backstabbing his political allies in a cynical ploy for campaign contributions.

          •  Is there an objective jobs analysis of (0+ / 0-)

            Bain Capital that could be provided to electted Democrats who want to keep a pro-business brand?  With that as backup they would be better prepared to attack Bain Capital while keeping their brand.

            I am however am not aware of such studies.  Do you have a link to such studies that are objective and from an authoritative source?

            The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

            by nextstep on Sun May 20, 2012 at 07:28:30 PM PDT

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  •  I haven't followed him too closely (3+ / 0-)
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    but from this bit alone, I can only draw two conclusions.  Either he really isn't too bright (Bain and Rev Wright the same?) or he is far too beholden to his handlers.  In any event, I await his fall from popularity with the utmost impatience.

    What an idiot.

  •  Oh and he's not just uncomfortable... (4+ / 0-)
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    he's "nauseous".  

    This guy is on our side?

  •  Booker, Please Stop Helping (3+ / 0-)
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    Don't mind him being pro-business. We are all capitalists on this bus now. I think you can allow the leader of your party to make his case in a tight election without undercutting him. If the fee-fees of the Wall Street brokers with connections to Newark get hurt because Bain Capital is attacked, that is their problem. Mitigating factor. He did save someone form a burning fire. Man has a future in national politics. Don't let those on the left think you are going to Lieberman on us.

  •  One bad answer and out come the long knives. He is (2+ / 0-)
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    already clarifying it on Twitter and it just happened.

  •  when are Democrats going to understand (4+ / 0-)

    that this is not the time to air differencies with the president who is running for reelection! The Republicans are looking for anything they can use against him and they really dont have much. Why then give them ammunition by publically disagreeing with the tactics of the Democtatic strategy and messages.

    Cory and other democrats should make their disagreements with the president in private. They say the president isn't adequately talking about his accomplishments. When they have the mic on these talk shows, why don't they help him spread his message rather than criticize him. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

  •  I like Booker but he wasn't a good surrogate (1+ / 0-)
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    today.  He didn't meet the job description.  No GOPer would've ever said anything against a Romney position (unless he/she was confused because he/she had not been updated on the latest flip-flop or etch a sketch moment).

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 02:48:42 PM PDT

  •  With Democratic surrogates like these... (6+ / 0-)
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    who needs the GOP?  I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is precisely why he was invited to appear on MTP this week.  Good grief!  

    Would someone please school Democrats on the art of finesse.  It is possible to disagree with the President without throwing the Party under the bus.

    You don't have to carry the President's water but neither should you dump the bucket over his head.

  •  Everyone knows what MTP/Gregory is and why you (1+ / 0-)
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    are invited on his show instead of Harold Ford.

  •  major disappointment! (1+ / 0-)
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    Bain is Romney's Achilles heel. We have to go at it relentlessly!

    My Gawd how tone deaf! I cringed when I read this!

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 04:07:48 PM PDT

  •  Bain Capital and business are not equivalent (0+ / 0-)

    You can criticize the actions of a single private equity firm without being "hostile" to the very essence of business in general.

    Booker knows that, but he wasn't trying to make a rational, honest point. He was pandering to right-leaning donors and demonstrating his willingness to betray the Democratic Party. He's another Lieberman in the making...

  •  Cory Booker is an asshole (1+ / 0-)
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    I no longer think he would be a good choice to run against Christie.

    Hey Booker, you can disagree with the president but don't go on teevee and throw him under the bus.  This is the sort of shit that is going to lose the race.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sun May 20, 2012 at 06:16:48 PM PDT

  •  Hold on... (0+ / 0-)

    Now Cory Booker is the enemy of the progressive state for saying what many other Demcrats believe?  Hahahahahahahahahahahaha...  Now his future as a Democrat is over? Hahahahahahahahahaha...  Seriously?  Hahahahahahahahaha...  Oh man, your purity knows no bounds.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

    by lcj98 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 07:12:51 PM PDT

  •  Once again, the Democrats eat their own. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:43:43 PM PDT

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