Booker’s “historic” testimony against a fellow Senator was a brazen publicity stunt.
New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker made “history” today by testifying against a fellow Senator — Jeff Sessions — in a confirmation hearing. I noted yesterday that This must mean Cory Booker is running for President in 2020
This was the first time such Senator against Senator testimony had ever happened. Booker tried to make it seem as if he was doing something heroic, as if the choice was between remaining completely silent or taking the witness stand:
“I believe … that in the choice between standing with Senate norms or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will alway choose conscience and country.”
That, of course, is a false choice. As a U.S. Senator, Booker has a big platform. When it comes time for a Senate vote, he can be heard and give a speech. There was nothing that set this nomination apart.
You would think Booker might have had something to say that had not already been said by Democrats a hundred times already. He didn’t.
You would think Booker might have had some personal anecdote which would have given him insight others didn’t have. He didn’t. Indeed, the only personal anecdote was positive, how Booker had worked closely with Sessions to pass legislation granting the Congressional Gold Medal to recognize those who marched in Selma on the Raymond Pettis Bridge in the famous civil rights march.
Instead it was same old, same old. Literally nothing new, startling or historic. It was just time in the spotlight.
If this signaled that Booker will run for President in 2020, then it’s a weak showing.
.@CoryBooker attacks on Jeff Sessions are so far-fetched I half-expected his make-believe friend T-Bone to be next witness.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 11, 2017