White House: Cory Booker is “dead to us”

posted at 10:01 am on June 8, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

When the Obama campaign sent popular, telegenic, man-of-action Newark Mayor Cory Booker out to do a little surrogate-advocacy on their behalf last month, something happened that the Democrats certainly did not intend: Cory Booker made a very public display of intellectual integrity (I know, I know — a rare beast in politics, but it can happen). On “Meet the Press,” Booker said that Team Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at private-equity firm Bain Capital and other such petty campaign tactics were “nauseating” and made him “very uncomfortable.” And it felt so good.

But the Democrats didn’t take kindly to Booker making such a distasteful spectacle of himself and shooting one of their most prominent attack memes straight through the heart, and before the day was out, Booker had released a four-minute explanation that even the MSNBC anchors called a “hostage video” (heh). Then, Booker went on Maddow’s MSNBC show and made it look like he had been commanded to walk back his comments from on high — and the hits just kept on coming.

Booker is a relatively young and clearly pretty ambitious politician — but he’s going to paying for this one for a long time yet.

Newark’s mayor, who was gunning for a spot in President Obama’s Cabinet, lost the chance after he shot his mouth off during a blunderingly honest TV appearance last month, sources told The Post.

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

Booker had been angling for the housing secretary gig in a second Obama term, according to sources in the administration and close to the mayor. …

“Cory and Barack Obama have never been besties, but that was the final nail. It’s like, ‘You’re dead and done.’ The firing squad is out,” said a Democratic source in contact with both sides. “It’s not just that he messed up, it was that he compounded it and didn’t have their back when they gave him a national stage to talk.”

The Obama camp tried to play down the bad blood with Booker yesterday.

“Mayor Booker’s comments are behind us and we are working together to re-elect the president in November,” said Patrick Gaspard, head of the Democratic National Committee.

Other campaign insiders insist that Booker is not persona non grata, although he is in the doghouse and knows it.

“What he did was undermine a leading argument for the campaign. It was a serious distraction. Not a minor screw-up; a major screw-up,” a Democratic source said. “He is trying to figure out how to work his way back in the fold.”

Last weekend, Booker did a West Coast swing for the Obama campaign and is already scheduled for upcoming appearances.

In Seattle, Booker joked that the campaign had instructed him not to “stick your foot in your mouth again . . .So this is my probation speech.”

When so many of Obama’s faithful minions are so awkwardly wandering off-message, you’d think they’d stop and maybe reassess the situation. “Hmm, maybe the problem isn’t our meandering surrogates… maybe the problem is us and our free-enterprise hatin’, class warfare-mongering, intellectually cheap campaign-rhetoric machine?” I won’t hold my breath.


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Newark (which many people consider the armpit of NJ) . . .

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM
That honor goes to Bayonne.

Dextrous on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

No, that honor belongs to Camden.

RedHotinNJ on June 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

No, that honor goes to Seaside.

Go RBNY on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

We’ll take him.

Fallon on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Hi! Cory Booker here for the incredible Rahm Emanuel steak knife set”

Rixon on June 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Go RBNY on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Jeez, so many armpits. But there can only be one a$$hole.

Rixon on June 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

It’s hard to stay on message when your message is incoherent and just stupid.

Cory better find a way out of the doghouse before he becomes Labrador Lasagne.

CorporatePiggy on June 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Just think of it as a WARNING to anyone else who thinks they can wander off the Democratic plantation.

GarandFan on June 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Jeez, so many armpits. But there can only be one a$$hole.

Rixon on June 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

That honor goes to Jon Corizne.

Go RBNY on June 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Hilarious the argument that Booker is trying to worm his way back into the good graces of the White House for a shot at a second term slot. He’s exactly where he needs to be. Pro forma campaigning for the party, while properly distanced from the insanity of the Obama campaign. When the Dems go down in November (see, MO, this is how it’s done), Booker and Clinton will be the only two of any stature in the party left standing.

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Somewhere between Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and maybe Andrew Cuomo is the germ of a responsible new Democrat party.

Might not agree with them on everything, might not even vote for them myself, but it’d be nice to see a rational center-left instead of the crackpots running things now.

JEM on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Newark (which many people consider the armpit of NJ) . . .

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM
That honor goes to Bayonne.

Dextrous on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

No, that honor belongs to Camden.

RedHotinNJ on June 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

No, that honor goes to Seaside.

Go RBNY on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I dunno. Elizabeth is pretty freaking rank. Can’t stand driving through it.

nukemhill on June 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

(In Chicagoland, such a statement is usually followed up with alacrity.)

Cory, stay out of parking garages on Chicago’s North Clark Street…

And, give some thought to getting your butt off the Plantation for good.

coldwarrior on June 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

We’ll take him.

Fallon on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What was they used to say? Converts usually have stronger faith than those who grew up in it?

Eh. Well see….

apostic on June 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

“Dead to us”?
Wow! It that a threat?
“DEAD”
Unreal.

Delsa on June 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Somewhere between Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and maybe Andrew Cuomo is the germ of a responsible new Democrat party.

Might not agree with them on everything, might not even vote for them myself, but it’d be nice to see a rational center-left instead of the crackpots running things now.

JEM on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Oh, this, this, this! I’m in exactly the same boat. I’ll probably never vote for a Democrat again, but boy do we need some rational balance.

What we need even more is breakup of the oligarchy that is our political system. Two parties aren’t enough. I don’t want a parliament-style governing body. But we need to have uniquely different voices in Congress. People who are really willing to speak their minds and not fall into the two-sides-of-the-same-coin crap that we currently have.

nukemhill on June 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Booker now has a strong incentive to ensure that Obama loses and his closest associates go down with him if he wants to continue his career in politics.

Give in to your hatred for Team Barry, Cory, and your journey to the Dark Side will be complete!

Punchenko on June 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Somewhere between Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and maybe Andrew Cuomo is the germ of a responsible new Democrat party.

Might not agree with them on everything, might not even vote for them myself, but it’d be nice to see a rational center-left instead of the crackpots running things now.

JEM on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I hope you’re right. A restoration of rationalism is sorely needed in the Dem party.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

“Cory and Barack Obama have never been besties…” said a Democratic source

WTF? Is this democratic source a 6 year old girl?

strictnein on June 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Cory Booker better beware. Doghouse is not the place he wants to be in when Obama is involved.

But seriously, Cory Booker would make a fine Republican someday. The guy is on crusade to improve the education in urban Jersey. He is painfully honest and, as Democrats go, is quite likeable. Too bad the “downtrodden” of Newark and Camden are more interested in free gubmint cheese than good schools.

Archivarix on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

“Dead to us?”

Must have been Uncle Ted Nugent that said that? I guess Holder will be on him like stink? Sarah said “target” and that that got Supreme Leader’s tidy whiteys in a wad.

Oh, it was from the White House? Never mind.

Dingbat63 on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

If he’s gunning for a cabinet position in Obutthead’s admin I hope he planned on it being over the next few months, unless serving in a Republican admin would be of interest. At the rate this admin’s going, won’t be many supporters left by the fall.

stukinIL4now on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Somewhere between Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and maybe Andrew Cuomo is the germ of a responsible new Democrat party.

Might not agree with them on everything, might not even vote for them myself, but it’d be nice to see a rational center-left instead of the crackpots running things now.

JEM on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Oh please.

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

It’s probably been said a thousand times already on this thread, but I must:

THUGS. This administration is made up of thugs. Goodfella thugs.

BettyRuth on June 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

cory, the fact this walking dead administration considers you dead, very soon, will be a badge of honor. after the party hierarchy is done vilifying all those dopes for the devasation they have wrought on your party. your the lucky one. you dont know it yet. but anyone remotely connected with obama will very soon be dead to the party. this is really fun the watch.

t8stlikchkn on June 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

But seriously, Cory Booker would make a fine Republican conservative someday.

Archivarix on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Then he’s going to have to come to grips with the fact that HIS core principles and THEIR core principles (The Dems, that is) are at odds.

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Pretty big talk from people standing on a rapidly sinking ship, don’t you think?

rockmom on June 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Not saying that Booker was this smart, but, combined with Clinton’s props to Romney, could it be that he’s hedging his bets for his political future?

IIRC, Carter’s folks were politically cooked after the Reagan landslide. I can’t recall any of them who ever had a significantpolitical job again, due the mark of Carter Cain.

The only one we still hear from is Zbig Brezinski, and he’s not exactly Cabinet-level these days.

cane_loader on June 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Mittens needs to get Mayor Booker on the phone, thank him for his support and tell him that he looks forward to working with him in the future for the benefit fo the citizens of Newark.

Mayor Booker can keep his mouth shut and not say anything positive about the President for the next five months.

New Jersey – “Another swing state”.

patch on June 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I bet Cory Booker is more conservative than Olympia Snowe.

If Christie can work with him, maybe he’ll jump ship?

Doodad Pro on June 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Booker is a relatively young and clearly pretty ambitious politician — but he’s going to paying for this one for a long time yet.

You sure about that, Erika? If Obama is repudiated in the polls come November, Booker, Clinton, and others who expressed concerns about the party structure’s swing to the hard left under Obama are going to look positively regal in their moderation. If Obama fails spectacularly enough, Booker will be a superstar.

mintycrys on June 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

If this guy thinks he is going to ever be able to do enough penance to get back in Obams’s good graces should he win a second term has not been watching. Obama is a sociopath who feels no warm attachment to anyone. Using someone and tossing them aside is an instinct with Obama. African-Americans are slaves to the Democrat Party and do not under any circumstances wander off that plantation. Period.

DaveDief on June 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Cory, whatever you do, don’t go fishing on Lake Tahoe.

CurtZHP on June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Cory, whatever you do, don’t go fishing on Lake Tahoe.

CurtZHP on June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Or take a walk in Fort Marcy Park

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Maybe Romney will give Mayor Booker the housing secretary gig in his administration. Romney is more likely to populate a cabinet with people who disagree with him whereas Obama said he would and didn’t.

TulsAmerican on June 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Mayor Booker, time to bed down with the fishes. Sleep tight.

Mason on June 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Somewhere between Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and maybe Andrew Cuomo is the germ of a responsible new Democrat party.

Might not agree with them on everything, might not even vote for them myself, but it’d be nice to see a rational center-left instead of the crackpots running things now.

JEM on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Don’t forget Harold Ford and the rest of the DLC stalwarts. These progs are the reason why Zell Miller left the party.

AH_C on June 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Wow that’s some pretty violent, bullying language. Guess the true character of this admin is really coming out now. I like it.

kg598301 on June 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Wow that’s some pretty violent, bullying language. Guess the true character of this admin is really coming out now. I like it.

kg598301 on June 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Oh are we forgetting how the Bush white house and the GOP in general treated moderate Republicans who strayed off the reservation on the Iraq war and torture issues in the 2000s?

libfreeordie on June 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Hopefully, pretty soon, Obama won’t be having to worry about appointing cabinet positions. Booker is a rare breath of fresh air from the socialists party.

cajunpatriot on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

It’s like, ‘You’re dead and done.’ The firing squad is out,” said a Democratic source

jdpaz on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Hostage video…..ha! Love it

DrW on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Never take a hostage you’re not prepared to shoot.–Phil Gramm.

Barnestormer on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Maybe it’s time for the Republicans to reach out to Cory Booker. Sounds like he is at least a Capitalist. Maybe since his future is doomed in the Democrat party, we might make a conservative out of him yet.

Christian Conservative on June 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Hi! Cory Booker here for the incredible Rahm Emanuel steak knife set”

Rixon on June 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Heh.

exliberal on June 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

In Seattle, Booker joked that the campaign had instructed him not to “stick your foot in your mouth again . . .So this is my probation speech.”

Mr. Booker, Sir, you are truly a free man, in a still free country, and your only ‘sin’ was that you spoke the truth. The SHAME is on the gangsters and thugs. Choose to disassociate yourself from your modern day masters. Send them to Hell.

When so many of Obama’s faithful minions are so awkwardly wandering off-message, you’d think they’d stop and maybe reassess the situation. “Hmm, maybe the problem isn’t our meandering surrogates… maybe the problem is us and our free-enterprise hatin’, class warfare-mongering, intellectually cheap campaign-rhetoric machine?” I won’t hold my breath.

Ed, you missed the racefare-mongering, but that is next.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Man was Rush right again! Calling what happened to Booker: the Cory Booker memorial woodshed. Ha!
Even Clinton has had a taste of that.

Christian Conservative on June 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I was going to post something clever but you guys are already on it. Thanks – I’m still chuckling…

exliberal on June 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I hope that Cory Booker and Harold Ford will be at the core of the next generation of political leadership of the self-identified black wing of the Democratic Party. The socialists, crooks, and morons who currently lead it aren’t helping America or black people in America.

thuja on June 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Corey Booker in Romney’s cabinet would be a nice little bitch-slap for Obama.

Finbar on June 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yup, time for the administration to figure out that it’s their tactics that are objectionable, not the messenger. Going after Bain looked amateurish and unprofessional. They are a BUSINESS, after all. It was nauseating, he had every right to say so.

scalleywag on June 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

How ironic.

I feel the same way about Obama as the White House does about Booker.

President Ozombie.

fogw on June 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Oh are we forgetting how the Bush white house and the GOP in general treated moderate Republicans who strayed off the reservation on the Iraq war and torture issues in the 2000s?

libfreeordie on June 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Did they say they were “dead to them” and they were going to get the firing squad out? Nice try libflea. These people are the height of hypocrisy with their “civility” bullcrap. They are thugs, pure and simple. Chicago thugs. And just wait until you see what they have in store for Romney, it’s going to make these comments look mild.

kg598301 on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Mr. Booker, Sir, look into your soul. You are great and can be at the pinnacle. You know how. Be truthful to yourself. Obama will always look out for onely one person, himself. Period.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Period.

DaveDief on June 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yup, that bus of his needs some retreads by now.

scalleywag on June 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

libfreeordie on June 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Look into all the criticism against GWB, especially in his 2nd term. Your side will never be capable of objectivity because youa re all azz lickers and Obama-caca consumers. Y’all mistake it for Beluga caviar, you fools.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

kg598301 on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Accusing someone of being a traitor who “endangers our men and women” = civil…OK whatever.

libfreeordie on June 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

lfod, I meant criticism of Bush, from the right.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

Sounds like someone in the Obama White House has been looking at The Sopranos. Tony’s famous line first about his mother and then later about his Uncle Junior was…”She’s dead to me” “He’s dead to me.” In this respect…the analogy to a gangster is appropriate in the case of Obama.

logicman_1998 on June 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

libfreeordie on June 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

kg598301 on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Its all the libiot has. Grasping at straws stage.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Accusing someone of being a traitor who “endangers our men and women” = civil…OK whatever.

libfreeordie on June 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I assure you now that this story will not die soon and you will be shocked.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Welcome to Chicago politics Mayor Booker.

vcferlita on June 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Ed, Erika, you missed the racefare-mongering, but that is next.

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Schadenfreude on June 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Death Dead-to-us Panels.

apostic on June 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Cory, whatever you do, don’t go fishing on Lake Tahoe.

CurtZHP on June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Or take a walk in Fort Marcy Park

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Or fly to Croatia.

Fallon on June 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Its all the libiot has. Grasping at straws stage.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Popcorn time!

VegasRick on June 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Come to the Dark Red side Cory – we have cookies!

happi on June 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

kg598301 on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Accusing someone of being a traitor who “endangers our men and women” = civil…OK whatever.

libfreeordie on June 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Lame, like all of your arguments. You lefties whine and cry for civility and scream racism whenever you’re criticized but your vitriol is always the most nasty and over-the-top. Now go watch MSNBC so you can get your next talking points together. Go on, now. Lol

kg598301 on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Somewhere between Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and maybe Andrew Cuomo is the germ of a responsible new Democrat party.

Might not agree with them on everything, might not even vote for them myself, but it’d be nice to see a rational center-left instead of the crackpots running things now.

JEM on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

No, hell no, and hell no. If we are ever going to have a chance of returning the Republican party to its conservative foundation and keeping it there, we need the Democrat Party to show to the public it’s true uber-liberal, socialist colors just as it is doing now via Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Washwoman-Shultz, etc.

Even Booker, Clinton, Cuomo and a number of others are still leftist, big government socialists; they just know better than most how to dress the wolf in sheeps clothing.

TXUS on June 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Booker might consider changing parties. GOP would be glad to have him, (or should be) would make up for whatever he’s given up for his honesty that would have been forthcoming from his current corrupt party ($$$). And he wouldn’t even have to act all that much like the cliche Republican of lefty fantasies and nightmares. If Bloomberg can be a Republican and tyrannize the diners of NYC without constituent pushback or MSM consequence, then Booker can certainly mayorize in Newark as a non-Donk. Nutter of Philadelphia might consider the same. Race is neither here nor there, except they must see by now that the Dems do not — repeat, do not — have the best interests, education and prosperity of the commuuuunity at heart. It can be easily sold to their constituents as a return to the party and principles of Lincoln.

curved space on June 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I would suggest that he change parties. The Democratic Party has become the Obama party.

SC.Charlie on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Somewhere between Cory Booker, Bill Clinton and maybe Andrew Cuomo is the germ of a responsible new Democrat party.
JEM on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

“How Andrew Cuomo gave birth to the crisis at fannie mae and freddie mac.”

Just sayin’.

Buy Danish on June 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Come to the Dark Red side Cory – we have cookies!

happi on June 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

and milk … and PIE …..

conservative tarheel on June 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Sorry partner…..but you just became “not really black”.

For help in dealing with this new phase of your life, I’d suggest contacting ANY conservative of color.

Your old party really doesn’t like defectors….but on the bright side – you’re now free to speak your mind.

Tim_CA on June 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Mr Booker, join the right. We will welcome you with open arms. Go to a few Tea Parties, it will open your eyes. Guess he knows now what happens to folks who dare to leave the Dem reservation.

neyney on June 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

The arrogant thin-skinned sociopath just can’t tolerate anyone who has a flash of integrity and says something honest. Pity Booker didn’t have more of a backbone and stand by his comment. It may have served him much better in the future than demonstrating how spineless he was.

jqc1970 on June 8, 2012 at 12:46 PM

But seriously, Cory Booker would make a fine Republican someday. The guy is on crusade to improve the education in urban Jersey. He is painfully honest and, as Democrats go, is quite likeable. Too bad the “downtrodden” of Newark and Camden are more interested in free gubmint cheese than good schools.

Archivarix on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I agree with this entirely. CB is pretty popular here in Jersey, even among those of us on the right. He comes across as someone who is sincere in his goals and somewhat pragmatic in his approach, but perhaps with differing methodology.

I too believe he would make a good Republican some day, especially the more he tackles the massive problems his City has piled up over the years, the more he’ll come to the conclusion that the best way to help the most number of his citizens is capitalism and conservatism.

If zero really crosses Booker, I may have to revise my previous statements about Jersey never, ever, ever being in play.

Lost in Jersey on June 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Pity Booker didn’t have more of a backbone and stand by his comment. It may have served him much better in the future than demonstrating how spineless he was.

jqc1970 on June 8, 2012 at 12:46 PM

So True.

He’d have looked like a prophet (post-election)given the “bubble” that the Dem party lives in right now….and been heralded for trying to stop the jump off of the cliff – maybe he still can.

Tim_CA on June 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I bet Cory Booker is more conservative than Olympia Snowe.

If Christie can work with him, maybe he’ll jump ship?

For all we know, he might be more conservative than Christie.

Right Mover on June 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Damn, it feels good to be a gangster….

corncat on June 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Booker could move to the middle and run for Prezzy next time. Who else do they have? Biden? Come on.

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Uh oh, Cory, watch your back. You know what happens to democrats that try to exhibit critical thinking ability, or (gasp) whistle blow, or testify against those at the top. I think the body count, during the Clinton administration topped 100…planes mysteriously falling out of the sky, people shooting themselves in the back of the head, etc.

uncle_fweddy on June 8, 2012 at 2:08 PM

“What’s this?” asks a young staffer. He holds up a box that was recently delivered. Inside is Booker’s jacket wraped around a box of Lipton’s Tea.

An older staffer says sadly, “It’s a Chicago message. Booker sleeps with the Tea Partiers…”

apostic on June 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Erika, your the best thing to happen at HA in a long time.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Absoulutely agree. What a delight Erika is. A great addition to Ed and Allah.

bluealice on June 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Booker could move to the middle and run for Prezzy next time. Who else do they have? Biden? Come on.

Wagthatdog on June 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

It’s Mrs. Clinton’s turn next. The party-wide mea-culpa will be hilariously entertaining.

(ol’ bills working overtime w/ the press)

Tim_CA on June 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

TXUS on June 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It just demonstrates just how far Left Obama is that he makes traditional Leftists palatable, by comparison, to Republicans.

Don’t know about Booker but Cuomo and Clinton are part of what GAVE US Barak Hussein Obama. They made him possible.

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

“Mayor Booker’s comments are behind us and we are working together to re-elect the president in November,” said Patrick Gaspard, head of the Democratic National Committee.

Man, I’m out of it for a few days and DWS is gone? What the hell happened???

runawayyyy on June 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Too bad he did a mea culpa, otherwise the republicans would take him with open arms.
He’s a smart man. Now he will know what it feels like to be called an Uncle Tom by the dems and msm.

Bambi on June 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

“Hmm, maybe the problem isn’t our meandering surrogates… maybe the problem is us and our free-enterprise hatin’, class warfare-mongering, intellectually cheap campaign-rhetoric machine?”

I’m starting to like you.

jaime on June 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Nice payback for the walkback. Mr. Booker, ditch them for folks who will actually stand up for you and your right to speak your mind.

dogsoldier on June 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Cory, whatever you do, don’t go fishing on Lake Tahoe.

CurtZHP on June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Or take a walk in Fort Marcy Park

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Or fly to Croatia.

Fallon on June 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Or become Choir director of Trinity United Church of Christ.

cptacek on June 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Newark (which many people consider the armpit of NJ) . . .Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

That honor goes to Bayonne.Dextrous on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

No, that honor belongs to Camden.RedHotinNJ on June 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

No, that honor goes to Seaside.Go RBNY on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

No, that honor goes to New Jersey.

SomeCallMeJohn on June 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I bet that video he made with Gov. Christie didn’t help.

Cindy Munford on June 8, 2012 at 11:56 PM

It’s probably been said a thousand times already on this thread, but I must:

THUGS. This administration is made up of thugs. Goodfella thugs.

BettyRuth on June 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Its the Chicago way…

Khun Joe on June 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

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