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Caravanfan's avatar

Another Democrat has thrown his hat in the ring. How do you feel about Cory Booker?

Asked by Caravanfan (3978points) 2 weeks ago

I saw one report where there may be as many as 20 Democrats running eventually.

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hmmmmmm's avatar

Another corporate Democrat. Garbage. He’s a big pharma guy who is pro-charter schools.

gorillapaws's avatar

I’d vote Green party over him. These are the “people” he represents.

Demosthenes's avatar

Well, there were a ton of Republicans running in 2016; I remember hearing all the talk of the “clown car” and yet a Republican won. But they weren’t running against an incumbent.

I just hate how long this going to drag out. 2020 is going to be all about the election, all year long.

Cory Booker doesn’t impress me.

janbb's avatar

I’m not getting my knickers in a twist over anyone. I’ll support whichever Democrat wins the nomination. I have my preferences but there won’t be a purity test for me.

Caravanfan's avatar

Oh, this is funny. Kellyanne things Booker is sexist for running against women. (Okay, that’s not exactly what she said, but that is the implication)

KNOWITALL's avatar

Wow, I’m a little surprised at all the negativity, his Wiki is very interesting and impressive in some ways.

“In 2017, he became the first sitting senator to testify against another when he testified against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing. In April 2018, following the FBI raid on the offices of Michael Cohen–U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney–Booker together with Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, and Thom Tillis, introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to limit the executive powers of Trump.”

chyna's avatar

I’m of the same mindset as @janbb. I will vote for whichever democrat is left standing. I will not vote for Trump under any circumstances.

janbb's avatar

@KNOWITALL He’s one of my state’s Senators and i’m not particularly negative about him. The first two respondents were the most negative.

rockfan's avatar

He’s a corporatist who doesn’t seem like he’s going to fight for the poor and middle class.

He’s the kind of democrat who thinks that bipartisanship over any issue is a good thing.

Caravanfan's avatar

“He’s the kind of democrat who thinks that bipartisanship over any issue is a good thing.”

As I am a consensus builder this appeals to me.

gorillapaws's avatar

@chyna Ironically, the Democratic establishment counting on voters like yourself and @janbb are the reason we have Trump in the first place…

They believe that they can get away with not representing the policies of the people and forcing a lesser-of-two-evils choice while still getting rich from their donors. This philosophy has resulted in Trump. After the bullshit in the 2016 primary, I’m done voting for the lesser of two evils. Democrats have to EARN my damn vote—they’re not entitled to it.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Booker may be a corporate shill, but this time all such liabilities take a back seat to the question “is this dog vicious enough to throw in the ring with Trump?” Trump and his apologists deserve an actual exhibition of genuine Trump hatred to perhaps understand the difference between “calling a spade a spade” and rabid hyperbole. When the target itself is rabid hyperbole, the ideal opposition is Don Rickles.

Pandora's avatar

Showboat. I don’t care for showboats. I prefer politicians that say little, mean what they say, and who know how to get things done by actually reaching across the aisle and who can make be believe they have the country best interest at heart and not make the office about themselves. Mr. Booker would not be my first choice. Love Kamala Harris though. She was my pick way before she announced.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Got to love the Onion!

Well, it’s going to be interesting, anyway.

seawulf575's avatar

Well, I guess it would reinvigorate the #MeToo movement. After all, he already admitted he sexually assaulted a woman. Why is this okay? He has a lot of stink from corruption issues in NJ. But he is pretty much a golden boy for the DNC.

Aethelwine's avatar

“is this dog vicious enough to throw in the ring with Trump?”

I strongly agree with this statement. Booker doesn’t have it in him. I don’t see him lasting long in the race. I doubt he’ll make the top 5 candidates.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t feel strongly about him one way or the other. It’s so early I can’t get worked up about anyone honestly.

I will definitely vote in the primary to have some influence, I think the primary is so important.

I’m most curious to see if a Republican actually tries to challenge Trump. Not that it matters as far as my vote. I’m voting for the Democrat, I can’t see anything changing that.

seawulf575's avatar

@JLeslie I’m curious. You say the primary is so important. So how do you feel about how the Dems use super delegates to decide things? That is how Hillary got the nomination so easily in 2016…she bought it. She got the DNC to commit all the super delegates to her. Do you think this is a fair way to pick a candidate?

Caravanfan's avatar

@seawulf575 She also won the majority of the popular Democratic vote.

JLeslie's avatar

@seawulf575 I haven’t thought much about the superdelegates, I don’t know what my opinion is. That might be a good Q. I am completely against how Iowa does the caucuses for the primary.

Caravanfan's avatar

Here is a nice article about his relationship with the Jewish community.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Caravanfan I’d put an asterisk by that. See this report: Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries by Election Justice USA. Of particular note is section II-D.

Also see this paper that show irregularities using Cumulative Precinct Vote Tally Charts that are highly indicative of voting machine tampering.

Caravanfan's avatar

@gorillapaws Sorry, tl;dr. If you want to summarize it for me that’s fine. Too busy this weekend to read it.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Caravanfan Basically the cumulative vote tally method graphs the mean votes for each candidate beginning with small precincts and then increasing n through higher population precincts. Here’s an example of a normal statistical pattern. The data is noisy and then converges on a mean value leveling off, obeying the law of large numbers. This is an example of an irregular statistical pattern. Election watchdogs have begun noticing this pattern arise only in machine-counted precincts since the 2000’s. Here’s another example of an irregular pattern. If you ever get the time to give them a full read, I’d be interested in your interpretation.

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