Tuesday, 29 May 2012

CORY BOOKER: JUST ANOTHER HACK POLITICIAN

Ken Berwitz

This is a bitter disappointment to me. 

Until just recently, I thought of Newark Mayor Cory Booker as a young, dynamic, HONEST, PRINCIPLED man.

Well, he's still young.  And he's still dynamic.  And that, sad to say, is where it ends.

The Sunday before last, Mayor Booker spoke his mind about the advertising by both President Obama and Mitt Romney (he called it "nauseating"), and stood tall in talking up the benefits of equity capital firms, including Mitt Romney's former company, Bain Capital, even as Mr. Obama was engaged in a frontal assault against Bain (while simultaneously raking in $$$$$$$ from other such firms).

Needless to say, the Obama people did not like what they heard from Mr. Booker. 

I don't know what kind of pressure they put on him.  But, within hours, he was backtracking.  And in a day he was on the attack against Bain Capital.  Just like his boss, Barack Obama, told him to. 

However, there was still a problem:  namely, the untidy fact that, whatever came afterward, Mr. Booker, while on Meet The Press, said this about equity investment companies in general and Bain Capital in particular:

"I have to just say from a very personal level, I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity. To me, it's just this--we're getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know. I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital's record, it ain't--they've done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses, And this, to me, I'm very uncomfortable with."

That clear enough for you?

So how did Mayor Booker handle this obvious contradiction?  Did he stand up like a man and take responsibility (some would call it credit) for those comments?

Nope.  He forced his communications director, Anne Torres, out instead - as if it were her fault.  You can read all about it via Alexis Levinson's blog at dailycaller.com

That's right.  Instead of Mayor Booker doing the right thing - the honest, principled thing - and either reaffirming his original, clearly stated positions, or taking the blame for his subsequent flip-flop, you can wave the hapless Ms. Torres goodbye.  Anyone who thinks her resignation, one week after the Meet The Press debacle, was a coincidence, is living in dreamland.

I like to think I get things right a good deal of the time.  But I'm a big boy, and big boys admit they are sometimes wrong.

Apparently I was wrong about Cory Booker.  He has shown me he's not special at all; just another hack politician. 

Too bad for him, and too bad for Newark.


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