By Erik Dolson
Cory Booker and Bill De Blasio have shown us their outrage. As if, somehow, that qualifies either to be president. It worked for Trump, so perhaps it would work for them.
But using outrage as a weapon is like using a grenade in hand-to-hand combat. (I suggest this song to Donald Trump, Cory Booker and Bill DeBlasio).
You see, last week Joe Biden said he used to work with segregationist senators in the Senate, and he named two. Here is the actual quote:
“You go down the list of all these guys. Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished,” he said. “But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”
DeBlasio and Booker, who are running against Biden in the Democratic primary for President, sensed an opening. Booker, who is black and DeBlasio, whose wife is black, misused Biden’s comments in a display of outrage.
Taking a page right out of Donald Trump’s playbook.
DeBlasio even used the word n*gger in his response, I guess to prove his bonafides. Mr. DeBlasio, how many Democrats do you think really want four more years of a chronically outraged guy from New York as president? You’re done. Go home. And to quote a favorite ad, don’t use your family like that. It’s shameful.
Mr. Booker, Biden later said you knew better, and that outraged you, too (and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who asked what does that even mean?) It means Booker took Biden’s words out of context, making them into something they weren’t. Which is another form of the lying that we are all so tired of in America, Mr. Booker. Biden was saying you knew better than to lie, and hopefully you do. You’ll have another chance. But now you’re done. Go home.
Joe Biden is not my preferred candidate. I think Democrats can do better. I don’t mind a tough debate. But Booker and DeBlasio proved Biden’s point in their too-eager effort to capitalize on what they saw as a mistake by the front-runner.
“But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore,” Biden said. He was saying that it was still possible to do the work, even when working with people with whom you didn’t agree on “much of anything.” He used the segregationists as an example of the worst.
And that brought out the worst in two who think they should be president.