-Source-The American Conservative- Cory Booker the Democratic senator from New Jersey used to be a very credible presidential general election contender though perhaps not nominate-able in the modern Democratic party. The criticism of Barack Obama during his successful 2008 campaigna neophyte with no executive experience no record of reaching across the aisle a rigid ideologuecouldnt have been said of Booker circa 2013 when he was first elected senator in a special election. As mayor of Newark hed cultivated an image of a pragmatic problem solver ready to work with the Republican governor Chris Christie when it helped his constituents collaborating with then-school choice activist Betsy DeVos to improve opportunities for children in his city and defending capitalism against rhetorical attacks by the Obama re-election campaign. As a senator he even teamed up with Senator Jeff Sessions. It wasnt really until 2017when being in the #Resistance appeared the only path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020that Booker began to turn into something different: a non-credible presidential general election contender but a nominate-able Democrat. Bookers recent statement to New York Magazine Of course the presidency will be something I consider. It would be irresponsible not to" is only the latest ridiculous thing that hes said. Indeed its difficult to know whats more outlandishthat he thinks he has a responsibility to offer himself as president or that he says hes only considering it. Had it not been for the late-breaking accusations against Brett Kavanaugh the most memorable moment from the recent Supreme Court confirmation process would have been the Spartacus moment" that turned Booker into a political parody. Its true that what we consider a credible presidential contender has changed significantly since Donald Trumps election. Democrats might well nominate Tom Steyer in 2020 for an epic Battle of the Billionaires or Mark Cuban or someone else unconventional. But its also true that the safer wager is to pick a conventional politician to run against Trump: Booker Elizabeth Warren and so...
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