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I love Rachel Maddow. Never miss her show. Record it to watch it again all the time......but tonight's interview of Cory Booker really was not up to her standards.

Cory Booker blew it. He went on national TV and shook the very foundation of the Obama re-election campaign.
He verbally equated the rev Wright ads with the Obama Mitt Romney ads. There is no equivelence. The Rev Wright ads are pure assault on President Obamas' morals, the Bain Capital ads focus on Mitt Romneys' record as a Venture Capitalist.
Booker defended himself like a pure politician. He didn't say much of anything to walk back what he said.
Rachel could and should have asked some really tough questions: "Why do you equate the Romney attack ads against Obama to the Obama ads questioning Rmneys ability to create jobs ?'
How much money have you received from the Financial industry since you began your political career ?
What made you think the GOP wouldn't use your words against the President.
She basically gave him a forum to waffle out of his jam, that he created.
I will look at him much differently in the future. As far as Rachel goes, I still think she is the best analyst on TV.
I just wish she had taken a stronger line of questioning.


Do you think Rachels interview was tough enough ?

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  •  she knows him personally (0+ / 0-)

    and she doesn't put politics above people

    i think my cat is possessed by dick cheney

    by Anton Bursch on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:05:36 PM PDT

  •  Here is the interview if you missed it (30+ / 0-)

    Corey Booker

    I am upset because the Republicans accurately described what I said.

    I am offering a sincere non-apology apology for all the people who are so stupid they don't realize that my ego is more important than any other thing in the universe.  But I reiterate that I was not wrong, and I stand by my statements.

    Let me spend 10 minutes talking about what a great guy I am.

    I wish there were good Republicans to vote for like Jack Kemp.

    The president (actually, he didn't say the president, he said Obama) didn't yell at me, so he knows the truth about what an awesome person I am.

    I am so cool, I am above politics, and I don't need those dirty fucking democrats and hippies to feed my limitless ambition.

    And let me say one more time how upset I am that Republicans accurately quoted me.

    And it's a little disappointing to know that Maddow dispenses with her insightful and challenging interview style when she is kissing old college chums' asses.

    Pro-tip:  scoring the biggest interview all week is meaningless when you use your time to throw softballs.  Epic failure.

  •  Rachel was brilliant and so was Booker (1+ / 0-)
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    This site way overreacted today, Maddow called Booker a progressive and a good Dem, and look how liberal she is.

    "There is nothing wrong with America can't be cured by what is right with America" -Bill Clinton

    by SensibleDemocrat on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:08:29 PM PDT

  •  It's Not Rachel's Job To Dig Booker Out..... (23+ / 0-)

    He dug his own hole.  He's the one who got off message.  He's the one who used inflammatory rhetoric.  He's the one who made a false equivalency.

    This morning Booker woke up & realized he is now being portrayed as a victim by the Republican party.  Their "Stand By Corey" email isn't to help him.  They're going to make money off him.  They're going to exploit the heck out of Corey Booker.  

    He pulled a stupid punch on Sunday.  Now he'll take his well deserved fallout.  

    He says he & his entire staff are "fit to be tied".  So what?  He needs to apologize sincerely.  Instead he tried to pivot.  He looked just like another politician on Rachel tonight.

    He's a cultivator of Wall Street.  His appearance on MTP revealed his core.  Not pretty.

  •  here's what gets me pissed (9+ / 0-)

    about this subject matter. Booker is mayor of Newark, he works with camden, jersey city and the rest, he is a smart man, how does he think these cities have become what they have become?

    He now worries about handouts while protecting and defending the very industries that have had a large hand in destroying these cities.

    Wall street, private equity, the extraction of money is what has CAUSED these cities to fail.  How does he not see that?

    but then again, since wall street is a big part of his donor as well as Obama, they simply ignore it.

    It sickens me to understand why these cities are the way they are, it wasnt by chance, it wasnt because someone was lazy, it was because they were SOLD OUT. They were destroyed, and it sicken me that the smart mayors such as Booker simply ignore the facts.

    Handouts are not going to help newark, camden, or any other of our failing cities.  What will help them, stop the extraction of capital from this country. STop the vultures of private equity.

    Man Im so sick of this shit.  Finally, finally the american public is catching on, and people like Booker who know better get on the wrong side of the topic.

    Wall street IS THE PROBLEM.

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:22:58 PM PDT

  •  It's a sideshow (5+ / 0-)

    Why in the world people are so willing to attack the very same person they held as an icon for rushing into a burning building is more telling of themselves than any statement that might be made by said person.

    There are no sacred cows.

    by LaEscapee on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:24:51 PM PDT

  •  On MtP he was pushing Booker (13+ / 0-)

    while undermining Obama while wearing Obama's uniform.

    The interview tonight Booker was trying to salvage Booker and didn't even try and salvage Obama.

    He failed twice imo.

    Did you see how fast he was talking tonight? How much he was talking? The man was scared, this was his chance to salvage his political future and chose to defend the wrong target.

  •  Booker is cooked. (4+ / 0-)

    That interview was awful. Booker is just too slimy and wasted a lot of time saying nothing of import.

  •  c'mon Booker, it's not THAT bad (2+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, Alohilani

    It's not like you tweeted your ding-dong to torch your political future in a moment. All you did was reveal just how you'd to all but that to make Wall Street happy.

    He should just leave Newark for some upscale Democratic area in Connecticut and he'll be just fine.

    Nothing herein should be construed to be an argument in favor of the election of Mitt Romney, who would be undeniably worse than President Obama, whatever crimes against reason, morality, liberalism and international law the latter has committed.

    by h bridges on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:38:14 PM PDT

  •  Booker is just another slimy, ambitious (3+ / 0-)
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    majcmb1, Malachite, Winston Sm1th

    politician. I'll never see him in the same light.

    The think he actually did the Obama campaign a huge favor. Opening up this dialogue about Bain is a good thing.

    •  Did you watch the entire MTP segment? What do you (0+ / 0-)

      think about Booker's aggressive defenses of the President?

      I thought it was a breath of fresh air on MTP, to have a lefty on to stand up to that MTP right wing crap.

      2012: the Year of the Voting Woman. And by the way, Republicans ... we're pretty pissed about what you've done to our country. Republican Party Motto: "Tax the poor, gift the rich"

      by mumtaznepal on Tue May 22, 2012 at 01:39:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Rachel is a good analyst but poor interviewer (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not saying she hasn't done good interviews, but very often I'm disappointed. Either she's getting rolled over, or is nervous, or doesn't push back enough, or is too complacent, or doesn't ask some important questions,  etc...

    As an analyst, she's much better. Her emotions get in the way sometimes, but in general I like her work.

    •  She's more of a lecturer than an interviewer. (0+ / 0-)

      She'd be great in a college classroom.  She needs to develop interview skills, since these programs are more interesting if you can tease the information out of your guests and exchange views.  I've already graduated from college.  Her analytical lectures border on screeds.

  •  Like it or not, Booker's best moment was when he (3+ / 0-)
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    called out the GOP to put their money where their mouths are and "stand with Cory" in Camden, in Detroit, for marriage equality, for women's rights and health, and such.

    THAT'S the video we need to go viral.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:41:29 PM PDT

    •  I want to give Booker a pass too! (0+ / 0-)

      He still needs investment capital to help his city.  I dont even watch Meet the Piss anymore, so I can't quote him, but fergodsake, he is a mayor of a broken city and needs support across the board.  Give him a break.  He is with Obama.  Stand with Cory in Camden, Detroit and other broken cities...broken thanks to "austerity"

    •  That's EASY; what about the $ stuff? (0+ / 0-)

      Well, it's "easy" to "stand with Cory" on the social issues.

      Conservatives---both those calling themselves Republicans and those who pretend, like Booker, to be "Democrats"---are finding it easier and easier to be "liberal" on things like gay marriage, women's rights, and amorphous concepts like "access" to health care (but notice, not "Health Care" itself; just "access")

      So, Cory Booker is all for gay marriage and women's rights, blah, blah, blah...yeah, okay, you mean "The Things That Don't Cost Any Money!" Right?

      Notice how Booker ISN'T for increased taxes on the very wealthy; ISN'T for public education; ISN'T behind unionized workers; ISN'T against shipping jobs overseas; ISN'T for strict financial sector regulation...and on and on and on and on until  I'M the "nauseous" one.

      Ask Booker where his slickness stands on the Money Issues; and watch him talk in generalities and avoid answering the questions.

  •  The guy misspoke. We overreact. (0+ / 0-)

    This makes us look foolish. Not Rachel.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:47:15 PM PDT

  •  It appears that she has learned how to play the (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Guess What? (2+ / 0-)
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    assyrian64, Alohilani

    Turns out Bain Capital gave Corey Booker $565,000.00 dollars for his 2002 campaign.

    Looks like Corey knows which side his bread is actually buttered on.  What may have appeared off message was really on message.....for Corey.  

  •  No, I'll tell you the "worst interview ever." (1+ / 0-)
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    Granted, I didn't see this Rachel Madow piece and I'm sure it was bad. But you know the all-time worst interview? It was the one Katie Couric gave to Sarah Palin. It was a turning-point for me. Listening to her, I thought, for the first time, "My God. She is dumber than a post." Reminded me of a perfectly disastrous job interview I'd had years before, where I'd felt every bit as ill-prepared and as half-baked as Sarah Palin had sounded. But, besides my interviewer, I had been the only person in the room on that occasion.

    Sarah Palin's humiliation, of course, was nationally televised.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon May 21, 2012 at 08:49:36 PM PDT

  •  Rachel... (2+ / 0-)
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    Rachel like everyone is no saint. Im no big fan of hers myself but I think she does a decent job.

    Booker sounds like hes just trying to do damage control. Yesterday tho he decided the only friends he wanted were the folks on Morning Joe.

    "Patients are not consumers" - Paul Krugman

    by assyrian64 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:06:28 PM PDT

  •  i'm kinda heartbroken. (2+ / 0-)
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    Wendys Wink, sharonsz

    i was so hoping rachel would hold him accountable
    ask tough questions

    i kept tweeting her (not that she even knows i exist)
    to please ask him one question: when was he going on fox news to say what he said to her?!

    thing is, most of us now see him as a turncoat backstabbing oportunist (at least i do) but the rightwing/conservatives, especially the fox noose minions need to hear what he said to rm tonight.

    since she didnt ask him any tough questions, her interview was kinda pointless for me.... sadly.

    rachel, what did you do tonight?

    Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. -Helen Keller

    by ridemybike on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:11:25 PM PDT

  •  I never heard of Mayor Booker (0+ / 0-)

    Before this weekend.
    Am I the only one?

    Goldman Sachs was not elected.

    by bornadem on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:23:26 PM PDT

  •  Agreed - pathetic interview (0+ / 0-)

    I thought I was clear in the introduction that RM was not comfortable with what she was saying. She not only sounded tentative, she actually choked on her own words a couple of times. To me it seemed that Rachael had been tasked with the job of starting Booker's rehab, so she was handcuffed.

  •  Rachel can be good and I love her (0+ / 0-)

    in depth research and follow up on CERTAIN issues with CERTAIN people.

    To me, she gives way too much leeway to people like Michael Steele but I figured that was because MSNBC pushes the "false equivalency" meme (that is that MSNBC must bend over backwards to get righties on to make sure they are being fair less the "the left's FOX News label" sticks regardless of how false it is.)

    One of my issues with Rachel on this is that she did make this about HER personal preferences.   Rachel never held back when it came to the Clintons.  IMO she was really quite unfair to Hillary at times.   But I gave into the notion that Rachel was being true to her own beliefs; Hillary (as well as Obama) had some centrist leanings and Rachel called her on them.  

    Clearly she was less severe on Obama. OK I accepted that but she has called him on the carpet over some LGTB issues.
    Cory Booker clearly has some centrist/right  leanings when it comes to finance and education and she gave him a pass.  I lost a lot of respect for Rachel last night.
    Booker screwed up clearly because he has been supported by Wall Street........and Rachel gave him a pass.

  •  It wasn't an "interview" (0+ / 0-)

    One of the things that I like about Rachel's discourse with the politicians on her show is the respect she gives them during their conversation.  Rachel suspended that "respect" by calling the her guest "Corey" throughout the segment.  She didn't use "Mayor Booker", "Mr. Booker", or "Mr. Mayor" - he was just Corey.

    I think that Rachel was giving Booker a chance to explain himself, plain and simple.  She was giving him a chance to speak "punditly" to the Obama administration.  At the same time she was giving the Obama administration a chance to hear his words in their most undiluted fashion - no confrontation - just his words.

    Until Corey becomes Mayor Booker again, I doubt he'll be a guest on TRMS.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Tue May 22, 2012 at 07:34:53 AM PDT

  •  The Stanford Connection or Just REALLY bad work? (0+ / 0-)

    "not tough enough"?!?!?!

    Understatement of all time and space! Are you kidding?

    Look, I love Rachel Maddow. No, I absolutely ADORE Rachel Maddow---in each and every sense of the word! But she blew it, Big Time, with this "interview". It was such awful work.

    Booker and Maddow have been close friends since Stanford. That pretty much explains it. The old school tie means something, particularly at elite schools. In fact, that's what going there is primarily about, it often seems.

    So, we're waiting for an explanation, Rachel. We're so disappointed.

    You could have asked, just for starters:

    - Have you taken money from Private Equity interests?

    - Have you advocated for policies favored by Private Equity interests?

    - Have you worked closely with Chris Christie to push an anti-union, pro-voucher, pro-charter, anti-public school agenda in New Jersey?

    - Did you make an anti-teacher, anti-union, very conservative speech at an ALEC-sponsored "education reform" conference on May 4, in Jersey City, at the same podium with Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal?

    - During the ALEC-sponsored conference, your speech was, if anything, more conservative than either of the speeches given by Christie and Jindal. Was that entire, lengthy speech just a "slip of the tongue" too?

    - During this same conference Chris Christie, just hours before you spoke at the same podium, said he wanted to "punch" teachers. Did you know this? And if you did, why did you not speak out against it? Why did you not publicly call him out for essentially advocating violence against our teachers?

    These are just a handful of examples of questions Rachel COULD have asked Cory Booker.

    Why didn't she? And is there some way we can bring these questions to her attention?

    We still love you, Rachel. At least I do! But as I would with a member of my own family, I MUST point out when you've messed up; badly.

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