Cory Booker is best known for his shameful performance during the Brett Kavanaugh smear job. Booker broke ethics rules in his “I am Spartacus” speech and should have been expelled from the Senate.
But because it was a GOP nominee, it was just fine to smear a good man Brett Kavanaugh.
The problem for the Democrats and guys like Booker who staked their political future on the smear – it backfired.
Booker couldn’t even get traction in this historically weak Dem field, think about that – he has all the right degrees and endorsements and history, he is an African-American and the black vote is huge in Dem primaries and he still couldn’t make a move.
One must believe the Kavanaugh smear job had something to do with his sudden reversal of political fortune. Because before the failed smear job, Booker was a bright star on the left. After, not so much.
“Nearly one year ago, I got in the race for president because I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone,” he told NBC News.
“I’ve always believed that. I still believe that. I’m proud I never compromised my faith in these principles during this campaign to score political points or tear down others.”
“And maybe I’m stubborn, but I’ll never abandon my faith in what we can accomplish when we join together,” he continued.
“I will carry this fight forward — I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year. Friend, it’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president.”
From The New York Post:
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker turned a Supreme Court nomination hearing into a starring film role for himself Thursday — bizarrely claiming “this is the closest I’ll get to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
Booker was claiming he was standing up for the release of classified documents written by nominee Brett Kavanaugh about the use of “racial profiling” at airports in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Booker made a point of saying he was willing to get expelled from the Senate by releasing emails the committee had deemed classified.
His “Spartacus” quote was a reference to the 1960 Oscar-winning movie starring Kirk Douglas as leader of a slave revolt.
He and his band are cornered by the Romans, who demanded to know who was Spartacus.
Everyone with Douglas identified themselves as Spartacus to protect the rebel leader.
It was unclear precisely what Booker meant, since the emails were declassified before his melodramatics, rendering his “Spartacus” speech meaningless.
As Booker continued grandstanding, Republican committee chair Chuck Grassley of Iowa lost patience.
“Can I ask you — can I ask you — can I ask you, how long you’re going to say the same thing three or four times?” he cracked.