Another Dem Bites the Dust: Booker to Drop Out
As the end of another financial quarter draws near, the field of crowded Democrats racing towards the White House is feeling the heat. And it seems some will soon be burned out.
So who is next on the chopping block? New Jersey Senator Cory Booker it would seem.
On Saturday, he tweeted out, “We are at a crossroads in this campaign.” He said, “We need to raise $1.7 million by Sept. 30 (a mere nine days away at the time) to be in a position to build the organization we need to compete for the nomination.”
He went on to say that they could “do it,” but if they don’t, “we don’t see a legitimate long-term path forward.”
And his campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, reported a similar outcome to staffers in an email. He told his staff that while the New Jersey Senator has enough money to continue campaigning for a while longer, there is no possible way he could last long enough and win on what he has currently.
Basically, if he can’t win, he won’t continue.
Demissie wrote, “If our campaign is not in a financial position to grow, he’s not going to continue to consume resources and attention that can be used to focus on beating Donald Trump, which needs to be everyone’s first priority.”
He continued saying that “This isn’t an end-of-quarter stunt or another one of those memos from a campaign trying to spin the press.” He said, “This is a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our operation at a level of transparency unprecedented in modern presidential campaigns.”
It’s also unprecedented for Cory “Spartacus” Booker as well. While his policies may seem a little on the dull side compared to many in the field, the man is no stranger to theatrics. And the whole of Congress knows it. After all, that is how he got his “Spartacus” nickname.
During US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings before he was nominated, Booker as a member of the Senate pulled quite the political stunt. He apparently released confidential information about the would-be justice, an act that was considered to be against Senate rules and would be punished with expulsion.
It was at this time that he said: “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.” Thus, earning the nickname.
However, after feeling the heat of his “transgression,” it was found out the information that was supposedly confidential was actually no more than materials that had been ruled as clear for public viewing. Booker had lied and created a theatrical performance just to gain some attention.
As a result, he was made the laughingstock of the Senate at the time and promptly forgotten about. However, when he announced his candidacy, more than one Democrat has made comments about his fraudulent and drama-prone past.
So forgive us if we are hesitant to believe this is not just another ruse to get the money and attention he needs to continue.
I do find his financial failures a bit ironic. At the same time, he and his staff are “spewing darkness,” about Trump, as he stated in the last debate, the President himself seems to be raking it in. On Wednesday, it was reported that the GOP had raised over $1 million just on Tuesday as a result of the ongoing impeachment hearings.
Trump isn’t even trying and clearly raising more than Booker.
It would seem that the people just don’t relate to him or maybe it is that he is too boring in comparison to other candidates. After all, debate performances telling us we need to be “people of love” just don’t quite hold a candle to the on-air thrashing former Vice President Joe Biden received from Senator Kamala Harris in July.
Booker’s moderate policies and more center-of-the-road ideals might be easier to swallow for most Americans, but in the face of “Fauxchahontas” Warren and Bernie Sanders, he is going to have to get a lot more aggressive if he wants to prove he is anything more than a drama queen.