August 23, 2013
Why Do Liberals Hate Cory Booker?

Cory Booker is not yet a senator, but many on the left have already made up their minds that the onetime Democratic wunderkind is a sellout.
The 44-year-old two-term mayor of Newark won the New Jersey Democratic primary by 39 points last week, all but guaranteeing he will take his place in Washington in a couple of months. (One recent poll had him up 16 points on his little-known Republican opponent.) Yet Booker’s triumph was greeted not by cheers but by scathing takedowns in two prominent liberal publications. Salon called him “an avatar of the wealthy elite, a camera hog, and a political cipher”; The New Republic declared Booker only interested in “agitating for the cause of himself” and doing the bidding of “the moneyed classes.” Booker has faced a steady drumbeat of criticism from sites like Daily Kos, which asserted last year that he “would actually be much more at home in the Republican Party.” Booker’s team has grown all too familiar with the rap that he is “some sort of Manchurian candidate for the right,” as his campaign spokesman, Kevin Griffis, put it to me with a sigh.
Read more. [Image: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters]

Why Do Liberals Hate Cory Booker?

Cory Booker is not yet a senator, but many on the left have already made up their minds that the onetime Democratic wunderkind is a sellout.

The 44-year-old two-term mayor of Newark won the New Jersey Democratic primary by 39 points last week, all but guaranteeing he will take his place in Washington in a couple of months. (One recent poll had him up 16 points on his little-known Republican opponent.) Yet Booker’s triumph was greeted not by cheers but by scathing takedowns in two prominent liberal publications. Salon called him “an avatar of the wealthy elite, a camera hog, and a political cipher”; The New Republic declared Booker only interested in “agitating for the cause of himself” and doing the bidding of “the moneyed classes.” Booker has faced a steady drumbeat of criticism from sites like Daily Kos, which asserted last year that he “would actually be much more at home in the Republican Party.” Booker’s team has grown all too familiar with the rap that he is “some sort of Manchurian candidate for the right,” as his campaign spokesman, Kevin Griffis, put it to me with a sigh.

Read more. [Image: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters]

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    Because minorities and women are notoriously attacked when they have ambition and promote themselves.
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    My opinion did a 180 when I saw his AIPAC speech that was incredibly angry or passionate or whatever emotion would best...
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    Let’s not forget what he did to the libraries.
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