So, as POTUS continues to go low, Cory Booker’s campaign strategy, at least in the short term, is to go high?
What’s called me to run for president is because I think we need a revival of civic grace. We need to reignite a more courageous empathy,” Booker told a recent Democratic gathering at a downtown arcade here, where his presentation was punctuated by eruptions of video games. “We need to understand that old African saying that if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.
The former Newark, NJ, mayor and current NJ senator, Booker — who is one of the first crop of Dem presidential hopefuls to toss his hat into the ring — seems to be going with a brand of, shall we say, schmaltz?
If the election becomes “all about what we hate, and what we’re against, and we can’t find a way to reunify our country or to reignite that quest for a more beloved community, then I think we lose an opportunity here,” he added.
This antidote to cynicism is not the message some Democrats want to hear as they are looking for their champion to take on Trump and the Republicans.
“Maybe we should think about kicking them out first and loving them later,” Wendy E.N. Thomas, a state representative from Merrimack, told Booker.
It was not the first time Booker has heard that kind of skepticism. “I know that some people might think this messaging is a risk. I had a friend of mine this morning send me some social science data about how outrage is so much more motivating than a message of love. They literally sent me social science stuff,” he told me. “But I do not believe you can campaign wrong and then hope to govern right.”
Never mind that he’ll have to explain away certain policy points in his past that contradict his current grace vibe. In a crowded field of contenders (are we up to 40 yet?) there’s not much to time to stake out positions on a multitude of issues that have nothing (directly) to do with POTUS. Maybe he’ll be forced to put a couple of propositions at the forefront. | LINK