Monday, September 10, 2018

Sen. Cory Booker: "I Am Spartacus" Moment Fizzles

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In literature, "The Man of La Mancha" was a dreamer, Spartacus was a hero, Senator Cory Booker( D-NJ)---who is considering running for president ---is confused.

Defiantly putting his Senate seat on the line---supposedly--- during Kavanaugh hearings last week, Booker demanded Republicans release "confidential email" regarding Kavanaugh's racism.

In putting his career on the line, he proclaimed this is as close as I will ever be to a "I am Spartacus" moment.

And about those "confidential emails" that would prove Kavanaugh is a racist...

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) turned a Supreme Court hearing into a starring film role for himself last week---bizarrely claiming, "This is the closest I'll get to an 'I am Spartacus' moment."

Sen. Booker's "heroic" moment.

The New York Post reported that Booker was claiming he was standing for the release of classified documents written by nominee Brett Kavanaugh about the use of "racial profiling" at airports in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Emails that would sink the nominee.

A day earlier, Booker had implied that Kavanaugh had been open to racial profiling tactics, citing an email exchange between Kavanaugh and a colleague. However, Booker didn't provide Kavanaugh a copy of the emails to review while questioning him about it, prompting an objection from a Republican, charging it was inappropriate to "cross-examine" Kavanaugh about documents he "can't see."

Booker made a big point of saying he was willing to get expelled from the Senate by releasing emails the committee had deemed "classified."

He said, "I am going to release the email about racial profiling, and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate."

The New Jersey senator said he would "knowingly" violate the Senate rules to release the email. Other Democrats on the committee expressed their strong support.

Who is Spartacus?

The "Spartacus moment" Booker was hoping for, by his own admission, was a missed opportunity.

His Spartacus reference has to do with with a 1960 Oscar-winning movie starring Kirk Douglas as leader of a slave revolt.

He and his band are cornered by the Romans, who are demanding to know who is Spartacus.

Everyone with Douglas identified themselves as "Spartacus" to protect their leader.

Frankly, I found it puzzling why Booker was linking himself to Spartacus in the first place, but then I'm a mere conservative and wouldn't be able to plum the depths of meaning in all this.

The confusion was related to the fact that almost everyone in the room knew the emails for which he was willing to lay down his Senate career to get released, had already been released.

Bizarre behavior. Bizarre thinking.

The emails he was demanding were already in the hands of the committee, including his own hands.

And the emails had no so-called "bombshell" information that even approached nailing Kavanaugh as a racist, which is what Booker had in mind.

Following 9/11, Kavanaugh had been actually warning against "racial profiling" while improving our national security.

The irony of the "Spartacus" self-analogy actually, if anything, links Booker---who is considering running for president of the United States---to both Stalin and Karl Marx. I'm pretty sure he doesn't know that.

The "I am Spartacus" line from the 1960 movie was written by Dalton Trumbo, a committed Stalinist, who pushed the Soviet line at every turn.

When Stalin signed a Non-Aggression Pact with Hitler, Trumbo dismissed concerns saying, "To the vanquished, all conquerors are inhuman."

Howard Fast, the author of the book the movie is based on, was also a communist.

Karl Marx considered Spartacus "the finest fellow antiquity had to offer."

The tale of Spartacus has some existential solidarity with the real Spartacus, it is not based on what really happened. It's a lie. But in a way, only far Left progressives could identify with the meaning.

All the other Democrats in the room were standing against the Republicans and conservatives shouting, "I'm Cory Booker!" "Expel me too," in hopes that his bravery would rub off on them when there was none to rub off in the first place.

Those Democrats were joining Booker in fake solidarity about a fake issue.

The problem is that Spartacus lost, and all his fellow gladiator-slave comrades who said, "I am Spartacus," were martyred for a lost cause.

The effort to dispense with Kavanaugh, as Senator Joe Biden did with Robert Bork in the 1980s, is also a lost cause.

In fact, the whole so-called "progressive " movement based on relative, evolving truth is ultimately a lost cause.

Mike Huckabee commented on all this saying, "Booker's performance won applause from the liberal media critics who hailed his "Spartacus" moment, referring to the #1 movie in 1960...But it turned out to be more like the #2 movie of 1960, "Psycho."

Jona Goldberg, in an article published in the National Review, says, "Booker wants to be president, and he thinks---rightly---that the base of the Democratic party wants a heroic rebel who will fight the Caesarian Trump at all costs and by any means necessary."

We are living is consequential times.

Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Faithful. Be Vigilant.