Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in a self-orchestrated “I am Spartacus” moment that was designed more to further his 2020 presidential aspirations than to impact Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, threatened to commit an act of “civil disobedience” by releasing a confidential Kavanaugh email.
Turns out, the high drama was little more than a dishonest grandstanding stunt that the Democrat struggled to defend when confronted with the reality that confidential email had already been cleared for release — never mind that when it came to the emails, there was no “there” there anyway.
Appearing on CNN, Booker was asked twice by anchor Anderson Cooper about the email being approved for release, and twice he dodged the question.
Much like a rebellious child may act, Booker proudly crowed about how he “broke the rules,” with a big smile on his face, but in reality, it appears that he did no such thing.
“Last night I broke the rules…then they scrambled to release the document,” he said. “But I continue to release documents. I’ve released 20 so far that they’ve not cleared. I am breaking the rules. I am breaking the sham rules.”
Sen John Cornyn, R-Texas, warned Booker releasing documents marked “committee confidential” would break Senate rules, saying that, “Running for president is not an excuse for violating the rules of the Senate.”
(Cornyn reportedly acknowledged later that he was unaware that the documents had already been made public.)
As for whether Booker knew, a statement from President George W. Bush’s records representative, Bill Burck, who was the source of the documents, cleared matters up fairly well — to Booker’s detriment.
“We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker’s staff asked us to,” the statement said, in part.
NEW statement from Bill Burck, GWB’s records representative who led the review of Kavanaugh’s records pic.twitter.com/6MQSbgB1ub
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 6, 2018
One thing is certain, in the spirit of Harry Reid, Democratic senators are establishing new precedent in what was once considered an august body.
Just as Democrats pick and choose which laws they will enforce, so too do the party’s senator’s pick and choose which rules they’ll follow, dismissing those that may get in the way of advancing their political agenda by deeming them “sham rules.”
For future consideration, Republicans will be wise to pay attention to how a minority party is to act.
Social media was brutal in its response to Booker’s shameless grandstanding being exposed for what it was — not that this will prevent Democrats from supporting him.
.@CoryBooker: I've never been the bad boy. pic.twitter.com/ZAsvK3tcnj
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) September 7, 2018
I'm a real Rebel. I literally released documents that were already approved to be released. I'm a bad, bad boy. Last week I ripped the tag off my mattress. I just don't care about rules. I only brush twice a day, you think I care what my Dentist says…nope. #MAGA #TrumpTrain pic.twitter.com/4iQkXMlFxX
— Reaganite (@DReaganite) September 7, 2018
cory booker can't even do civil disobedience correctly. https://t.co/tNGqgiNGSg
— Jeff B., who on earth is this guy?? (@EsotericCD) September 6, 2018
Sen. Cory Booker: Republicans are obstructing the release of documents!
Sen. Cory Booker: I will release the docs anyway! I will face consequences!
Sen. Cory Booker: I am Spartacus!
Republicans: Who wants to tell the media Booker knew we cleared the docs before his tantrum?
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) September 6, 2018
Cory Booker: "I am Spartacus!"
Spartacus: "You're an idiot…" pic.twitter.com/BqefR3UXzf
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) September 6, 2018
I am the resistance member inside Cory Booker’s office who convinced him to call himself “Spartacus” and release already public documents and then lie about it.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 6, 2018
In fact, the ridicule was so bad, a Twitter account was dedicated to sharing memes of Booker’s failed moment — because laughter can be a soothing remedy as Americans watch their institutions fail:
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