WSJ Opinion: Cory Booker: Reality v. Rhetoric

Cory Booker won the New Jersey Senate Democratic primary by a blowout and he’s skating toward the Senate. That’s pretty incredible, considering his dismal record as Newark mayor. I talked to John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime” today, about the numbers.

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  1. DocJay

    What you need to realize is that he just met with the silicon valley power brokers.  They control the money AND the information.  They work for/get favors from Obama now and have their eyes on Booker for the future.

    Booker’s major short term downside is that he is black and that card has been successfully played to get power but with dismal results for our country.  The senate is a lock for Booker but he’s being groomed to go farther.  

    Are you under the illusion that substance means anything anymore?  I would have thought Obama cured you of that ancient way of thinking.  

  2. Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board
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    DocJay: What you need to realize is that he just met with the silicon valley power brokers.  They control the money AND the information.  They work for/get favors from Obama now and have their eyes on Booker for the future.

    Booker’s major short term downside is that he is black and that card has been successfully played to get power but with dismal results for our country.  The senate is a lock for Booker but he’s being groomed to go farther.  

    Are you under the illusion that substance means anything anymore?  I would have thought Obama cured you of that ancient way of thinking.   · 19 minutes ago

    A friend emailed me and suggested that a Newark-Camden comparison would’ve been more apt. Point taken. John added to his comments in a subsequent blog post here: http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2013/08/crime-under-cory-booker-in-newark.html.

  3. EThompson
    DocJay: What you need to realize is that he just met with the silicon valley power brokers.  They control the money AND the information.  They work for/get favors from Obama now and have their eyes on Booker for the future.

    Booker’s major short term downside is that he is black and that card has been successfully played to get power but with dismal results for our country.  The senate is a lock for Booker but he’s being groomed to go farther.  

    Are you under the illusion that substance means anything anymore? 

    Exactly.

    My concerns (which I have previously expressed at some length on Ricochet)  is that Booker could fast forward himself into the 2016 presidential primary. He totally owns the Democratic base, but also enjoys extremely high approval ratings among GOP squishes.

    The only candidate the GOP has that could come close to competing in the race for cool/hip is Rubio. I’m not happy with his stance on immigration reform, but frankly I’m coming to grips with the fact that are no more Mitt Romneys in my party and I am sick of losing.

  4. T-Fiks

    All I know of Corey Booker is what I saw in the Chris Christie video, but the comparisons Lott uses are not appropriate. Both in in terms of crime and education, it would be far better to compare Newark to other cities of similar size and demographic composition.

    It may be that a capable captain only succeeds in getting the torpedoed ship to sink a little more slowly.

  5. Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board
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    Dietlbomb: What can we do? The Democratic party keeps thrusting these incompetent nobodies* from fashionable demographics into the national spotlight and the voters keep endorsing them. The Democrats see that we are becoming a tribal society, and they are exploiting our divisions.

    On that point, did you see Peggy Noonan’s column last week, “How Obama Wooed the Middle Class”? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323477604579001123464683330.html The Democrats may run incompetents, but they’re a heck of lot better (for now) than the GOP at running campaigns!

  6. DocJay

    GOP campaign strategy is abysmal Mary.

  7. Dietlbomb

    What can we do? The Democratic party keeps thrusting these incompetent nobodies* from fashionable demographics into the national spotlight and the voters keep endorsing them. The Democrats see that we are becoming a tribal society, and they are exploiting our divisions.

    Barack Obama promised to be a leader who would break down the barriers between the groups in our nation. He had the unique** opportunity to lead a reconciliation between the races.  He failed. How many rounds of popular Democratic leaders from fashionable demographics will it take before the wealthy liberals of Silicon Valley and New York City give up on the whole project?

    * Antonio Villaraigosa, Julian Castro, Hillary Clinton, Sandra Fluke, Barack Obama, etc.

    ** Only Nixon could go to China.

  8. Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board
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    DocJay: GOP campaign strategy is abysmal Mary. · 2 hours ago

    What do you think of Reince Priebus’s efforts at the RNC?

  9. DocJay
    Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board

    DocJay: GOP campaign strategy is abysmal Mary. · 2 hours ago

    What do you think of Reince Priebus’s efforts at the RNC? · 2 hours ago

    You’ll notice how much more popular he is being assertive and aggressive.  I’m the wrong person to ask but I really like someone standing up to the progressive bullies.  It gives me hope, likely false, that we can beat back the hordes.

  10. Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board
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    Jeff

    Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board

    DocJay: GOP campaign strategy is abysmal Mary. · 2 hours ago

    What do you think of Reince Priebus’s efforts at the RNC? · 1 hour ago

    His stance on CNN and NBC are solid. Let’s see if he will fund and support candidates that the Republican base will actually vote for.

    What do you think about Christies relationship with Booker? Will Christie campaign for the Republican candidate and tea-party darling, Steve Lonegan? · 1 hour ago

    Methinks Christie is positioning himself for 2016. Good to be seen as bipartisan and a pal of a young Dem who’s very popular with young voters.

  11. DocJay
    Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board

    Jeff

    Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board

    DocJay: GOP campaign strategy is abysmal Mary. · 2 hours ago

    What do you think of Reince Priebus’s efforts at the RNC? · 1 hour ago

    His stance on CNN and NBC are solid. Let’s see if he will fund and support candidates that the Republican base will actually vote for.

    What do you think about Christies relationship with Booker? Will Christie campaign for the Republican candidate and tea-party darling, Steve Lonegan? · 1 hour ago

    Methinks Christie is positioning himself for 2016. Good to be seen as bipartisan and a pal of a young Dem who’s very popular with young voters. · 11 minutes ago

    Nothing like another rank and file GOP crony capitalist to brighten our financial futures.  :-)

    Told you I was the wrong one to ask.

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  12. Jeff
    Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board

    Methinks Christie is positioning himself for 2016. Good to be seen as bipartisan and a pal of a young Dem who’s very popular with young voters. · 16 minutes ago

    Now that’s interesting. In Texas, that very “bipartisanship” will look like a betrayal of a tea-party candidate. I think it will look that way to the wider Republican base.

    Christie is a dream candidate for northeast Republicans. He’s going to be a disaster for everyone else. That everyone else happens to be the party base.

    I’m not sure bipartisan positioning will be a winning one, come primary season.

  13. mikesixes

    Booker has been chosen. The NYT’s article praising him for being given money for nothing by a bunch of Silicon Valley “investors” made it seem like we should be impressed that he can persuade such an astute group of high rollers to “invest” in a worthless project that he thought up, but has no idea how to implement and no interest in managing. Apparently he’s a prodigy, not even in the Senate yet and already raking in bribes faster than the old pros. The low-info voters will put him over the top. 

  14. Dietlbomb
    Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board

    Dietlbomb: What can we do? The Democratic party keeps thrusting these incompetent nobodies* from fashionable demographics into the national spotlight and the voters keep endorsing them. The Democrats see that we are becoming a tribal society, and they are exploiting our divisions.

    On that point, did you see Peggy Noonan’s column last week, “How Obama Wooed the Middle Class”? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323477604579001123464683330.html The Democrats may run incompetents, but they’re a heck of lot better (for now) than the GOP at running campaigns! · 14 hours ago

    I haven’t read Mrs. Noonan’s article, but I do agree that the Democrats run superior campaigns. The result is a ruling class composed of excellent campaigners. Occasionally, we are gifted with a politician with talent for both campaigning and leading, but as the rationality and the morality of the electorate continue to decline, these leaders will become rarer.

  15. Jeff
    Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board

    DocJay: GOP campaign strategy is abysmal Mary. · 2 hours ago

    What do you think of Reince Priebus’s efforts at the RNC? · 1 hour ago

    His stance on CNN and NBC are solid. Let’s see if he will fund and support candidates that the Republican base will actually vote for.

    What do you think about Christies relationship with Booker? Will Christie campaign for the Republican candidate and tea-party darling, Steve Lonegan?

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