Cory Booker Goes Through the Looking Glass: The 12-Hour, 180-Degree “Evolution" Away From Common Sense

Newark Mayork Cory Booker went off-script while appearing on Meet the Press Sunday morning as an Obama surrogate, and was punished for it. You are not allowed to go off-script in politics, only kayfabe.

Pushed to defend the Obama campaign’s aggressive anti-Bain ads, Booker declined to “indict private equity,” pointing to the role of companies like Bain in encouraging job growth, noting that Americans were sick of political attacks on both sides, equating the Bain issue to Jeremiah Wright, and characterizing the attacks as “nauseating,” or, basically, the kind of commentary you’d get from a typical American paying some attention to politics but not rah-rah’ing it for one team or the other.

That little bit of truth-telling, though, was apparently too much for the truth squad at Obama 2012. First the mayor took to the Twitter, defending the substance of his opinion while re-enforcing his support for the president.  “I will fight hard for Obama to win. But just as his 08 campaign did, I believe we must elevate & not denigrate. This is the Obama I know,” he tweeted. Not controversial, just your typical post-partisan fare, the kind of rhetoric Obama traded in liberally in the 2008 campaign.

But this is not 2008! So, that Sunday night Booker’s political staff rushed out a video where the Newark mayor basically said, never mind, Bain’s fair game, and even “encouraged” the Obama campaign’s focus on Romney’s time at Bain to continue.

The eagle-eyed commentators at DailyKos were quick to suggest Cory Booker is a crypto-Republican who takes Wall Street money anyway. Because we know, naturally, that Cory Booker is the only Democrat in office today who takes donations from Wall Street.

Of course Booker’s 12-hour 180-degree evolution on private equity is emblematic of Democrats’ perplexed relationship with private equity, and Wall Street generally. Just as President Obama was ramping up his attacks on Bain, he called on private equity titans in New York City, hat in hand. Liberals admit regulatory capture’s occurred in the banking industry, but insist more regulation is the answer.

Cory Booker’s break neck flip flop is a dangerous indicator, too, of the ideological rigidness being enforced in President Obama’s Democratic Party, lethal when mixed with economic illiteracy.

A local Democratic power-broker in the state assembly tried to school Booker:  "It’s not about whether private equiity is good or bad, it’s how Mitt Romney, at Bain Captal, utilized his position at a private equity firm to choose to create wealth as opposed to jobs," Assemblyman John Wisniewski said. "And it is a real issue, when you have the Romney campaign talking about job creation."

See? Attacks on Bain aren’t naked attempts to paint Mitt Romney as some sort of after-school special corporate super-villain. They’re meant to explain how wealth destroys jobs!

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  • John||

    First the cops taking the bail money, the the teacher telling the kid he can be arrested for criticizing Obama and now this.

    Can I get a hat tip once in a while?

  • Adam330||

    Are these idiotic Bain attacks actually polling well? I'm no Romney fan, but these ads are making me think I have to vote for him to make sure the idiot that thinks the ads make sense doesn't get reelected.

  • John||

    I don't think they are polling well at all. Who do you want as President, the guy who ran Bain or Julia?

  • Adam330||

    I've long since abandoned any expectation that my fellow citizens will think about such things rationally.

  • West Texas||

    Look, the boss is the boss just because he's rich. And he's rich because he won't pay his workers fairly. So screw the boss. Obama will stand up to bosses everywhere and make sure that they share their wealth and pay their employees what's fair, not what the boss thinks they're worth. This election is about choices, and the best choice is the guy who scratches me in my envy spot.

  • plu1959||

    This. It's evil to liquidate a business when it's worth more in pieces than as a whole.

  • Adam330||

    It's also evil to lay off people that work at inefficient factories that produce goods that no one has a need for any longer. Bain should do it the way it's done in government- just keep the same old inefficient organizations, and then add new ones to actually get the work done. When those organizations become old and inefficient, add yet another organization to do the work, plus another three to oversee them.

  • Brutus||

    That's called Social Justice, pal, and you'd better get used to it.

  • West Texas||

    My sarcasm has gotten so good that the retards are actually buying it now. Awesome.

  • plu1959||

    My sarcasm has gotten so good that the retards are actually buying it now.

    No, it hasn't. I knew it was sarcasm and responded in kind. And you bought it. Therefore, my sarcasm skillz yours. QED.

  • plu1959||

    my sarcasm skillz exceed yours

  • West Texas||

    FOILED AGAIN - DRAT

  • VG Zaytsev||

    “I will fight hard for Obama to win. But just as his 08 campaign did, I believe we must elevate not denigrate. This is the Obama I know,”

    He obviously doesn't know Obama at all.

  • Rich||

    denigrate

    RACIST!

  • Brutus||

    This a real black mark on his record.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    May you never darken my doorstep again!

  • crazyfingers||

    Obviously wealth doesn't create jobs; "community organizing" does.

  • o3||

    wealth in offshore taxhavens doesnt create jobs either.

  • sloopyinca||

    Sure it does, piss facktory. The wealth stays in the hands of it's earners. They choose to expand their wealth by many methods. Among them:
    Investing in startups.
    Infusing cash in existing businesses through stock and bond purchases, helping them to grow.
    Keeping them in the offshore banks, enabling more lending.

    You're just an asshole that believes in confiscating wealth so it can be squandered by a government that has rarely, if ever, run a profitable program whereby wealth is returned to her citizens.

  • o3||

    ben stein remarked that the wealthy should pay more in taxes since they live in a lawful society where they're free to enjoy their wealth earn moar. otherwise people would climb their fences, kill them, take what they own. what data have you which shows job creation by money in off-shore tax-havens?

  • Restoras||

    otherwise people would climb their fences, kill them, take what they own

    Probably not as thse fences would be armed with private security in an un-free society

    what data have you which shows job creation by money in off-shore tax-havens

    The money in off-shore tax havens probably creates more jobs in said tax havens. So, why not eliminate the advantage of the tax havens by lowering our tax rates?

  • o3||

    agreed on lower rates

  • ||

    So, why are we supposed to care what Ben Stein thinks?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    ben stein remarked that the wealthy should pay more in taxes since they live in a lawful society where they're free to enjoy their wealth earn moar.

    Ben Stein can pay more taxes on his own wealth if he so chooses. I don't give a fuck what he thinks about my money, and would slap his mouth shut if he ever offered his opinion directly to me.

    otherwise people would climb their fences, kill them, take what they own.

    Ben Stein (and yourself, presumably) also thinks that people are essentially animals. Devoid of morals, ethics, and basic humanity, Americans would violently pillage wealth from their neighbors without the force of government to suppress them. That is a bleak way to view the world.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    what data have you which shows job creation by money in off-shore tax-havens?

    Why would money housed in off-shore tax-havens be less productive than money housed in US banks? People wouldn't put their money into accounts that were less productive than domestic accounts. As far as data for US jobs "created" by off-shore funds, my cursory search hasn't produced anything. However, the point of placing funds off-shore is to take advantage of the unique investment environment in other countries. These types of investments may not directly create jobs in the US, but it will definitely create jobs in the locality. What with the economy being a global economy, creating wealth anywhere is good for all of us.

  • MJGreen||

    That's a legitimate argument as to why the rich should pay taxes, and even why they should pay more in taxes than the less rich; it does not address at all whether the rich should pay more than they currently do.

  • The Fatman||

    No it isn't. If they are rich and there were no taxes then they could spend money on armed guards. Remember feudalism? All the rich (Nobles, King, etc) paid for their own fucking security and fuck the little people. If that is what you want to get back too I am all for it. Raiding/Trading is a very lucrative business. Just ask the Vikings.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    at Bain Captal, utilized his position at a private equity firm to choose to create wealth as opposed to jobs

    Remember folks, it's a choice between wealth creation or job creation - you can't have both.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Someone (not Romney he's too big a pussy) should create an ad about Obama's America.

    In Obama's America,

    ATMs don't exist because they cost bank tellers their jobs.

    Google doesn't exist, to save the travel agents and other middlemen.

    Amazon doesn't exist to save the booksellers.

    IPODs et all have killed the music industry so they must be banned.

    Netflix killed the video store and tens of thousands of jobs.

  • thom||

    Don't forget about those scab machines in the grocery stores.

  • Restoras||

    Cheesegraters? I always get scabs after using those things. Isn't there a better alternative?

  • fried wylie||

    Mayork from Ork

  • fried wylie||

    Liberals admit regulatory capture’s occurred in the banking industry, but insist more regulation is the answer.

    naturally.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Bookers flip on this is just plain creepy.

    There was a crappy 70s era novel where a president used negative personal information unearthed in FBI background checks to blackmail people in the media and government.

    I'm starting to think that something like that is the only explanation for cult of personality that is developing around Obama.

  • fried wylie||

    It's understandable that you have to invoke blackmail, since it's far scarier that people actually join the cult knowingly and willingly.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    How do you explain Booker flipping in less than 12 hours? Someone obviously called him and said....?

  • niobiumstudio||

    They said "Get on board and support us, or we won't support you next time you need us." Simple as that. He is a democrat, if you get out in front of their political machine, they will run you the fuck over. They gave him the option of getting out of the way because he was one of their own.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Probably, but

    I've been following politics for more than 30 years and I've never seen, or even thought possible, the kind of cult that is forming around Obama, especially the way the media defers to every little whim of his.

    It's fucking creepy.

  • Mike M.||

    You're aren't kidding. Even Bill Clinton, who democrats also loved, was allowed to be criticized once in a while. The zero dissent allowed policy being enforced by Obama and his brownshirts is nothing less than totalitarian.

  • PapayaSF||

    For decades charges of "racism" have been the ultimate weapon. It's been pounded into everyone's head that it lurks everywhere, blatant and hidden, as strong as ever, and that "racist" the worst thing anyone can ever be. It's practically a religion.

    So now that we have a black president (in large part because so many people wanted to prove how non-racist they were), there is an irrational charge around everything that has to do with him. A black Democrat daring to criticize Obama is seen as a heretic.

  • fried wylie||

    or, ya know, when he got off stage, his assistant handed him the Cult Approved Script, and he realized his mistake, which, as a diligent cult member, he was all too willing to rectify as soon as possible.

    *dusts off hands* no blackmail conspiracy needed.

  • Brett L||

    "If you ever want to be a national player, hop up on the casting couch and let the big guy screw you. Otherwise, you'll be stuck in Trenton forever."

  • Brett L||

    Shit, Newark. Stuck in Newark forever.

  • Brandybuck||

    No need to bring up blackmail to explain this. The dude is a politician, and a liberal politician to boot. A few angry phone calls to his office from Obama cultists, and he changed his mind.

    It's not even the Obama cult, it's the progressive hand wringers cult.

  • sarcasmic||

    Vin Diesel is a mayor?

  • niobiumstudio||

    Nah, the meat to brains ratio is slightly lower in Booker (not that I am giving him a compliment), it is just THAT much worse for vin Diesel. Though the similarity is uncanny (in the face at least).

  • BakedPenguin||

    He needed a job after Chronicles of Riddick.

  • Restoras||

    I wish he were mayor so he wouldn't have time to appear in any more movies.

    Notice I didn't say "act".

  • ||

    That is a damn shame about Booker. He's one of the best Democrats out there.

  • niobiumstudio||

    Or so you would think based on his appearances on the Daily Show and a lot of the interviews he has done. He is just like everyone else though... he cares more about his team than doing the right thing.

  • fried wylie||

    his appearances on the Daily Show

    on the what-now?

  • ||

    I was actually thinking of this.

  • ChrisO||

    Why would anyone even want to be the mayor of Newark? Talk about a lost cause...

  • plu1959||

    "Better to be the mayor of Hell than to serve in Heaven."

  • sloopyinca||

    That's an apples and oranges comparison. Hell is a lot more appealing place to live than Newark.

  • Brandybuck||

    Can the ying of New York even exist without the yang of Newark? If there were no Newark it would have to be invented. But I supposed Orange could fill the role in a pinch.

  • SugarFree||

    He sinned in word and deed, but did he sin in his heart?

  • Lyle||

    Have they called him a the white black mayor of Newark yet?

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