Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., the self-proclaimed “Spartacus” of the United States Senate, is grandstanding like he wants to run for president in 2020. Probably because he wants to run for president in 2020.
Taking advantage of the television cameras present at Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing Thursday morning, Booker declared that he would violate Senate rules to release “damning” confidential documents that would derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. He told his Senate colleagues that he understood there would be consequences for releasing “committee confidential” documents that are not supposed to be made public, as he cast himself as a hero. He characterized his decision to release the documents anyway as an act of “civil disobedience.”
“I knowingly violated the rules that were put forth,” Booker told Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “If Sen. Cornyn believes I violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now.”
“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” he added.
But Cory Booker said he was having his "Spartacus moment"… pic.twitter.com/wFPCyrO7zP
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 6, 2018
Warned that releasing these documents without authorization could result in expulsion from the Senate, Booker went ahead and did it anyway.
“The documents Booker released today contain several emails regarding Judge Kavanaugh’s concerning views on racial profiling and affirmative action,” a statement from Booker’s office said.
“In one email, with the subject line ‘racial profiling,’ Judge Kavanaugh remarked that he ‘generally’ favored race-neutral security measures, but thought there was an ‘interim question’ of whether the government should use racial profiling before a supposedly race-neutral system could be developed sometime in the future,” it continued.
Other Judiciary Committee Democrats stood in solidarity with Booker, taunting the Republicans and inviting them to attempt to expel Booker.
“Apply the rule, bring the charges,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., “All of us are ready to face that rule.”
The Democrats would love for Republicans to try to expel Booker. It would be a futile effort, since two-thirds of the Senate must vote to expel a sitting senator and no Democrat would vote to throw Booker out — and Booker knew this. This was a consequence-free bit of grandstanding meant to appeal to the radical #Resistance base of the Democratic Party, which wants to stop Kavanaugh at all costs. He wanted Republicans to martyr him for publishing “secret” documents exposing Kavanaugh as some sort of racist or “right-winger.”
But Cory Booker can’t even pull off grandstanding properly.
As it turns out, the documents “Spartacus” threatened to release at risk of expulsion from the U.S. Senate were already cleared for release Wednesday night, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, tweeted.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) September 6, 2018
A statement from former President George W. Bush’s records representative, Bill Burck, shows that the documents were cleared for release after Booker’s staff asked for them.
NEW statement from Bill Burck, GWB’s records representative who led the review of Kavanaugh’s records pic.twitter.com/6MQSbgB1ub
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 6, 2018
So Cory Booker asked to release these documents, the documents were cleared last night, and then Booker made a big show of “civil disobedience” at the Senate hearing Tuesday after he knew the documents he was threatening to release were already cleared for release.
And there’s more. The supposedly damning documents show that as a member of the George W. Bush administration, Kavanaugh opposed racial profiling following a major terrorist attack.
The 2002 email in which Kavanaugh discusses racial profiling that Sen. Booker was referring to: pic.twitter.com/1TnmKGRMng
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) September 6, 2018
So the documents that Cory Booker violated committee rules to release shows that Kavanaugh rejected the use of race or national origin in airport security screening and law enforcement generally in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 https://t.co/aNIkqWeN01 pic.twitter.com/bhyBG17uz2
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 6, 2018
These documents definitely show that Kavanaugh does not support racial profiling. It’s as if Booker didn’t even read the documents he put on this farce to release.
Incompetent. Idiotic. Not ready for 2020 prime time.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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