WATCH: Cory Booker stormed out of the Kavanaugh vote, but not before giving a 20-minute speech

· September 28, 2018  
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Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., couldn’t let the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh go down without at least a little bit of his trademark dramatic flair.

It was a pretty standardly dramatic Cory Booker speech — that is, about as convincing as a high school understudy’s take on Hamlet. Here are some of the highlights:

Substantively, he hit all the same points that Democrats have pushed for the past 10 days and that their Republican colleagues have already responded to: that there needs to be an FBI investigation, that he believes Kavanaugh’s accuser, that he doesn’t believe Kavanaugh, and that they should continue to delay the vote.

I wish I’d started a timer on him when he began, but according to Twitter time stamps, he went well over 20 minutes. Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, even had to stop him at the 17-minute mark to ask if he was going to leave any other committee members time to speak before the vote.

And to close it out, “Spartacus” executed a dramatic exit to stage left:

Keep in mind that this is only his first SCOTUS nomination as a member of the committee. If that wasn’t a 2020 campaign stop, I don’t know what is.


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Author: Nate Madden

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