Scott has written about Sen. Cory Booker’s vacuous testimony against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Booker broke with Senate tradition, becoming, it is said, the first U.S. Senator to testify against the nomination of a colleague.
Why did Booker do it? I believe he did it to establish his place as a possible contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Before Booker testified, Sen. Tom Cotton had this to say on Facebook:
I’m very disappointed that Senator Booker has chosen to start his 2020 presidential campaign by testifying against Senator Sessions. This disgraceful breach of custom is especially surprising since Senator Booker just last year said he was “honored to have partnered with Senator Sessions” on a resolution honoring civil-rights marchers.
Senator Booker says he feels compelled to speak out because Senator Session wants to keep criminals behind bars, drugs off our streets, and amnesty from becoming law. He’s welcome to oppose these common-sense policies and vote against Senator Sessions’s nomination, but what is so unique about those views to require his extraordinary testimony? Nothing.
This hearing simply offers a platform for his presidential aspirations. Senator Booker is better than that, and he knows better.
Booker’s testimony lived up to this billing. As Scott observed, it “came wrapped in transparent self-aggrandizement” and “proved precisely one thing: the utter shamelessness of Booker’s ambition.”
Booker attempted to invoke that old time civil rights religion. It was good enough for his father, but has scant relevance today except as a way to bask in the reflected glory of leaders who, back in the day, actually demonstrated courage. Booker demonstrated only opportunism.
Booker may be the biggest phony in the Senate, which would be quite an achievement.
Speaking of which, Sen. Cotton tweeted “@cory booker attacks on Jeff Sessions are so far-fetched I half-expected his make-believe friend T-bone to be his next witness.” Morons on Twitter promptly accused Tom of racism, claiming that “T-bone” is a “dog whistle.”
No. “T-bone” is exactly who Tom said he is: Booker’s make-believe friend. In a previous act of opportunism, Booker made up a street character by that name for dramatic effect, or something.
Cory Booker is a poseur and an embarrassment. Should he choose to run for president, Booker will fit nicely in the likely 2020 Democratic field.