A Reader’s Take on the Booker Gambit

May 20, 2012 6:20 p.m.

TPM Reader TS thinks he has a bead on Cory Booker’s MTP gambit

Mitt Romney has made Bain Captial the rationale for his candidacy, the sole reason why he should be president, he almost never talks about his tenure as governor of Massachusetts. I think Mayor Cory Booker had no other choice but to clarify the remarks he made on Meet the Press this morning.

Twitter, Facebook, and the blogs were ablaze with blistering criticism of Mr. Booker – Obama supporters were the harshest, I’m sure he heard from the White House too. Many felt, myself included, that there is no equivalency between Bain and Reverend Wright. the fact is Bain Capital is fair game, because Romney has made Pres. Obama’s record fair game. However, i live across the hudson from Newark, I can tell you, Cory Booker is well regarded by the NY media elites. He’s no fool either, his comments were calculated; he’s a darling among the political ruling class in NY and DC. Republicans and Wall Street has been key to Cory’s rise. However, there isn’t much love for Cory’s policies at the grassroots level in Newark. But Cory always had ambitions beyond Newark. Cory Booker went on the MTP to help Cory Booker and advance his political prospects. I also think Booker’s new clarification represents the powerful influence of Obamaland.

We’d be remiss not to note that 2007-2008 Barack Obama had a lot of friends on Wall Street too — especially in the most highflying parts of the hedge fund and VC worlds. But I think TS has pretty much got this right.

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