Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has apparently decided that his path to the 2020 Democrat nomination is to describe everything in the most ridiculous, hyperbolic terms possible. At least, that’s what we gather from his speech on Tuesday, in which he said the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a line-in-the-sand, you’re-with-us-or-against-us kind of moment.
With Cherokee Princess Elizabeth Warren by his side, Booker said, “I’m here to call on folks to understand that in a moral moment there is no neutral. In a moral moment, there are no bystanders. You are either complicit in the evil – you are either contributing to the wrong – or you are fighting against it.”
And in a moment, every Republican senator became “complicit in the evil” of…routinely confirming a Supreme Court nominee to the nation’s high court. We’re sure that will keep them up at night, worrying about what Cory Booker of New Jersey thinks about them—
Oh, he’s not done?!
“It doesn’t say that I sit in the valley of the shadow of death,” he said. “It doesn’t say I’m sitting on the sidelines in the valley of the shadow of death. It says I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death. It says I am taking agency that I am going to make it through this crisis.”
Cory Booker, biblical translator to the stars.
“And so I am calling on everyone right now who understands what’s at stake, who understands who Kavanaugh is,” he continued. “My ancestors said ‘if someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.’ He has shown us who he is.”
Yes, that line worked so well against Donald Trump, why not dust it off again for Brett Kavanaugh, to whom the average Democrat voter will respond: “Who?”
And who has Kavanaugh shown himself to be, exactly?
His students at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown – and this is a direct quote from The New York Friggin’ Times – “praised his mastery of legal materials, intellectual rigor, fair-mindedness and accessibility.”
He’s been a faithful husband for 14 years and is the proud father of two little girls.
He is an active Christian who volunteers tirelessly in community activities, youth sports, and his church.
He has served honorably on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006.
In an op-ed titled, “A Liberal’s Case for Brett Kavanaugh,” Yale professor Akhil Reed Amar wrote: “In 2016, I strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland. But today, with the exception of the current justices and Judge Garland, it is hard to name anyone with judicial credentials as strong as those of Judge Kavanaugh.”
In that piece, Amar gave Democrats a challenge: Vote against Kavanaugh if you wish, but if you do, submit the names of two Supreme Court nominees you would prefer – the catch being that you have to name people who could conceivably be nominated and confirmed by a Republican president and a Republican-controlled Senate.
You think Cory Booker will accept Amar’s challenge? If not, then maybe all this talk about “evil” and the “valley of the shadow of death” is just a little bit ridiculous.