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Anybody remember when Cory Booker rushed into a burning private equity firm?

Here's all you really need to know about Obama 2.0:

Last Sunday on "Meet the Press," Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who last made national headlines when he rescued his neighbor from a burning building, compared President Barack Obama's attacks on private equity to the attacks of the Republicans tying Jeremiah Wright to President Obama. Said Booker, with his usual passion and flair; "This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright. This stuff has got to stop, because what it does is it undermines, to me, what this country should be focused on. It's a distraction from the real issues."

Gee, I wasn't "nauseated" when Obama flirted with populism and gave Bain Capital a love tap. Were you? But in fact, I'm wrong. Booker's weird tummy troubles aren't all you need to know about. Check this out from Susie Madrak:

Cory Booker is very, very tight with the religious right wing -- but he's also very careful about what he says, since he hopes to run for president one day and cultivates strong LGBT support. The problem is, he hangs with the Dominionists. Is this a case of "I'll work with anybody who wants to help my city", or is there something more?

He's very religious himself. So where are the lines he won't cross? Is it okay for Democrats to validate and support any parts of the right-wing agenda that's politically convenient?

Fundies claim their "Transformation Newark" program turned the city around by having volunteers pray for each street. Bruce Wilson at Talk2Action:

Endorsed by Newark's liberal mayor, PrayforNewark would seem a blessing for any city. What could be wrong with prayer ? But the effort is directly tied to aninternational movement that, as detailed in my new video documentary Transforming Uganda, played a significant role in organizing and inspiring Ugandan politicians who have backed the internationally notorious "kill the gays" bill, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently before Uganda's parliament.

Remember the Seven Mountains theme so beloved of Dominionists? These are the same people:

These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. There are many subgroups under these main categories. About a month later the Lord showed Francis Schaeffer the same thing. In essence, God was telling these three change agents where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents to scale the mountains and to help a new generation of change agents understand the larger story.

The part they don't usually include on their websites? That Dominionists believe it's perfectly okay to "lie for the Lord." If by lying, you can win high political office with the larger agenda of winning the world for Jesus, Jesus would be okay with that! They actually intend to rule the world.

So here's the question: Does Cory Booker simply cultivate useful relationships with a lot of un-American, unsavory, pro-corporatist, right-wing religious extremists -- or is he one of them? I can't read his mind, but I've had enough of giving so-called Democrats the benefit of the doubt on this stuff. At the very least, he provides credibility to the rest of their agenda. (And, as the nuns always told us, "Lie down with dogs, rise up with fleas.")

Progressives keep getting caught in this image snare. Hey, he "seems cool!" He's on Twitter! He's a vegetarian! He shovels the walk for old ladies! He says he's for gay issues, how right-wing could he be?

Nasty, nasty stuff. If you know anybody in New Jersey, make sure they read Susie's post.

Oh, and if you want fireman, my advice is to call the Fire Department. The qualifications for being a Senator are quite different.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

he is the second coming of 0.2. Runs for the senate seat then in 2 years runs for potus, wow doesn't look good for us on Main Street if there anyone left after 0 get done with us.

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Submitted by Alexa on

It is a shame that he may win tomorrow's special election (from what I've heard on the radio--truthfully, I'm not following his race closely).

But Booker himself is pretty much the "prototype" of a DLCer, IMO.

Many of them have various "ties" that they hid very carefully, and with considerable success.

Much closer to 2014 and 2016 elections, I'll be posting videos and articles regarding various candidates ties to (and comments about) fundamentalist organizations and Bain.

Oh, Biden's visiting Iowa. I've never been sure why some progressives believe him to be particularly "left leaning."

His Chief-Of-Staff is Bruce Reed--a former policy director of the DLC. I have a book, "The Plan," that he co-wrote with Rahm Emanuel. It reads like the "Hyde Park Declaration" (and the Obama/Biden agenda) that I posted here, recently.

Here's a link to a "glowing" piece about Reed, LOL!

HuffPo is such a joke, anymore!!!

Anyway, glad that Lambert's exposing him. Sadly, so many Dems have internalized corporatist values/policies, it may not be enough to keep him from being elected. (Or maybe it will. ;-D)

Submitted by lambert on

I had no idea the election was tomorrow -- the timing of this "special election" seems almost like it was set up to hand Booker the seat, "rotten borough" style.

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Submitted by Jeff W on

Gee, I dunno—Mayor Cory Booker could rescue people from burning buildings every week and I’d still favor Rep. Rush Holt who is seeking to repeal the 2001 Patriot Act and the 2008 FISA Amendments Act. (But I’m not in New Jersey so I can’t say I’ve been following the Senatorial primary closely—or, well, at all.)

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Submitted by techno on

Saw Holt on Colbert last night. He was VERY impressive. Almost made me wish I could vote for him. Since Booker is worse than Clinton and Obama combined on most issues of importance, a vote for Holt seems like a no-brainer.

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Submitted by Notorious P.A.T. on

But Booker is hip and cool and charismatic, which is what really matters. See Obama, B.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

I'd have thought it a no brainer, too, but I don't live in NJ. Holt is a very smart guy, and he's on the right side when it come to civil liberties, at least. There are some stances of his that I've had problems with (just going from memory, can't remember what they are now), but if we're going to apply progressive purity tests, he still comes out way ahead of Booker.

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Submitted by techno on

I am certain I could find something disagree with Holt about, too. But since he seems like an educated and reasonable person who likes to evolve his thinking over time, I would know that I would have a shot of having him listen to my POV. In a politician, that is about all we can ever ask.

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Submitted by Alexa on

Booker Handily Wins New Jersey Senate Primary

Published: August 13, 2013

Cory A. Booker, the mayor of Newark, who rose to prominence with his efforts to remake a notoriously troubled city and then used that perch to build a national reputation as a charismatic and media-savvy star in the Democratic Party, easily won the Democratic nomination for United States Senate on Tuesday night.

N.J. Senate Primary

Candidate Votes Pct.
Booker 202,856 59.0 %
Pallone 68,118 19.8
Holt 57,817 16.8
Oliver 14,845 4.3
96% reporting

Candidate Votes Pct
Lonegan 96,860 80.3 %
Eck 23,693 19.7
96% reporting

Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark and a Democratic candidate for Senate, cast his vote at University High School in Newark.

With 90 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Booker had won more than 60 percent of the vote, far more than his nearest challenger, Representative Frank Pallone Jr., who had about 20 percent of the vote. Representative Rush D. Holt trailed with about 15 percent and the State Assembly speaker, Sheila Y. Oliver, with less than 5 percent.

How do we rid the Dem Party of corporatist Dems, when all we do is elect more and more of them, LOL!

Depressing as heck. :-(

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Submitted by Alexa on

According to WaPo's "The Fix":

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) took another step toward the Senate Tuesday when he easily won the Democratic nomination in New Jersey. Republican nominee Steve Lonegan isn’t expected to be more than an also-ran against Booker, meaning the Newark mayor has basically punched his ticket to Washington.

Which raises the question: What kind of senator would Booker be? From the get-go, he would be poised to become the highest-profile member of the Democratic Caucus.

While the Senate Republican roster is filled with rising young conservative stars like Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), none of whom are camera shy, Senate Democrats don’t boast the same kind of new, electric personalities.

Wait just a second, you say. What about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has a huge liberal following, a record of taking on Wall Street and the ability to raise more money than just about anyone? All true. But Warren has largely eschewed the spotlight, and has deliberately kept a low profile during her first few months on Capitol Hill.

[My Words: Can't know, but suspect that much like Al Franken, Warren has mostly been shut down by Dem Leadership, except on a couple of "safe" topics.]

[WaPo] Then there’s Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a financial juggernaut in her own right and an emerging voice on the left. Gillibrand maintains a higher-profile public presence than Warren, but she’s not Paul or Cruz. She’s doesn’t covet the spotlight as much.

[My words: This is almost comical--when does a former upstate NY conservative Dem become an "emerging voice on the left?" Oh, that's right--after the DNC/Establishment Dem effort to "rebrand" this Blue Dog and "No Labeler."]

[WaPo] Which brings us to Booker, who does.

“I don’t want to just go down there and become a part of the system. I want to change it and create change for real people,” Booker told NBC News on Monday. “There’s in some ways a lack of imagination on a lot of people’s parts.”

There we go again--Hope and Change, LOL!

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Submitted by DCblogger on

that is what this election shows. They don't like Wall Street, they don't like the corruption, the are disillusioned with the system, but they are not ready for revolution. It is like when Chicago elected Rahm, everyone should have known, but they chose not to. Dunno what it will take.