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:
"This nation now is watching . . to see what this body will do. I will forever remember what Dr. Ford said when she came before us . . this is a courageous, heroic, woman telling her story of sexual assault." – Senator @CoryBooker
— Know Your IX (@knowyourIX) September 28, 2018
"This is a moral moment in our nation." -Cory Booker "This pernicious patriarchy in this country needs to stop."
— Jaye Wells (@jayewells) September 28, 2018
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ): "I will forever remember what Dr. Ford said when she came before us. She said she was performing her civic duty. She wasn't trying to destroy a man. She was a heroic, courageous woman telling her truth of sexual assault and sexual harassment." pic.twitter.com/PRwvvCY5Zx
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 28, 2018
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:
"With that, sir, I will leave."
Sen. Cory Booker stands and leaves hearing room after saying he "cannot participate in what I know history's going to look back as a dark moment again, in the same way we look back on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas trials." https://t.co/WBteDQMJWE pic.twitter.com/Kx7plzvDt6
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 28, 2018
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.