Cory Booker And Bain Capital Not The Win Romney Might Think


In a matter of minutes Newark mayor Cory Booker went from progressive super hero to pariah after he criticized President Obama’s campaign attacks on Bain Capital during an interview on “Meet the Press.”

Booker called the attacks “crap” and “nauseating” and equated them with attacks launched against President Barack Obama for his association with former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The Romney campaign seized on the comments and took this as an opportunity to try and wedge the progressive wing of the Democratic party from its centrist at a time when the attacks on women’s health and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts had largely brought the party together.

Predictably, it worked. Booker backtracked his comments and has been left both explaining his criticism and insisting his recanting was of his own free will.

It’s hard for me to square how attacking Romney’s leadership at his private equity firm is the same as race-baiting socially conservative white voters, and Booker is no political rookie, so he had to know that of all the venues to criticize the administration Meet the Press would be the one most visible to Republicans. So why did he do it? Is it because he was the beneficiary of a political donation from Bain? Because he wants to run for Governor of New Jersey and can’t do so without the banks behind him?

Does it matter? Booker is allowed to criticize the president and, in turn, the administration is allowed to say they disagree with the Mayor of Newark without it becoming a whipped-up political scandal. Booker is a professional politician and while he’s backed some good progressive initiatives, he’s also made compromises and pursued policies that would never pass a progressive purity test.

For what it’s worth, the statement provided President Obama an opportunity to solidify and re-package the attack on Romney and Bain — which he did so skillfully on Monday in drawing attention to the fundamental differences between being tasked with turning profits and being tasked with creating opportunity.

That is not a conversation Mitt Romney wants to have.

The election in November matters too much to start the circular-firing already. Let’s not lose our focus, folks. Romney and his record at Bain are our targets here, not Cory Booker.


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Photo from veni markovski via flickr.


Beth K.
.5 years ago

Darn Gene, can't give you another star yet. The repubs stepped in it this time when they declared they stood with Booker. Who immediately went on the attack. Gawd their dumb.

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P5 years ago

lol not surprised, I saw this on TYT before here, and he's a sell out just as much as any other politician.

Chris Cole
Chris C5 years ago

Booker isn't the smartest guy or the most lily white. But he gave Obama another chance to be a class act and to renew his arguments about Romney/Bain. So thank you, Cory. We all make mistakes and "all's well that ends well".

Claire M.
Claire M5 years ago

oooh! Somebody sold out to the MAN!

LOL , what a fool

Karen and Ed O.
Karen and Ed O5 years ago

Rob K.

You just don't get it. No matter how many times Booker may have praised the president, the press is going to jump on this like they are starving. And there is some reason in that, he stabbed Obama in the back by believing lies. Have you ever listened to the former employees of Bain? It is heartbreaking. Romney screwed these employees under the guise of "helping" them for his own gain.
And instead of reasonably questioning the situation, Booker childishly refered to these "attacks" as "crap" and "nauseating". Sorry, by Booker has lost my admiration.

Karen and Ed O.
Karen and Ed O5 years ago

Oh Cory, Cory, Cory, you've got to get rid of your advisors and get some new ones. They are leading you down the garden path. What, you think what Romney did to the employees of Bain is'nt true? Man oh man, those people will sell you on anything.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

The problem with progressives is that no matter how horrible a president may be, no matter how much damage he does to the constitution, the environment, and stomps our civil liberties into the ground, no matter how far he strays from progressive principals, no matter how much of a closet republican the president is, they are going to keep on supporting him. Because he is a democrat in name and he makes good speeches, and woe to anyone even one of their own progressives who tries to point out how flawed he actually is.

Troy G.
Troy Grant5 years ago

Another opportunist

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan5 years ago

Except for Rachel Maddow,most of the media,including the "Liberal "media,focused only on this one part of Booker's comments on Meet The Press and ignored the fact that everything else he said was praise of President Obama.These instance of Democrats such as Booker "going off message" sometimes is no big surprise to a long time Democrat such as me. After all,we're not the party trapped in a ridged orthodoxy from which no one dare stray the least bit. The President,at least publicly,was gracious about this. And some good I see from this is the President deciding he'll still make Romney's time at Bain Capital an issue,as he should,since Mitt bases his campaign on boasting about those years.

Pamela B.
Pamela B.5 years ago

It's funny hearing "Staples" over and over. They weren't really successful until they no longer belonged to Bain. Why doesn't Romney quote other "successful" companies?

The fact that so many thousands of people lost their entire savings and retirements had nothing to do with pension agreements. It happened because of that hero Reagan. He and his Republican cronies passed a law that said if a company was sold, employees' retirement funds and savings could be called ASSETTS, you know like tables, and chairs, and other equipments. So guess what happens because of mismanagement, the companies go bankrupt and bye-bye jobs and retirements.