Inky Backs Booker for Talking About Talking

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

obama and bookerI loved the Courier-Post‘s weekend smackdown of Aimee Belgard’s substance-bereft NJ-03 campaign, Save Jerseyans.

Endorsing her opponent, the C-P editorial board rightly dismissed Belgard’s candidacy as “talking about talking.”

Ironically, that’s apparently the very reason why the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board seems to think Cory Booker (D-Tiwtter) deserves a full term in the U.S. Senate.

“[…] Booker believes progress is possible in Congress on making college affordable, raising the minimum wage, and changing the corporate tax structure,” wrote the editorial board in its Monday endorsement. “For his deep understanding of policy, particularly urban issues, as well as his drive and bipartisan spirit, The Inquirer endorses CORY BOOKER for a full term.”

Okay. I get it. The Inky editorial board sees (and endorses) volume (doing stuff, no matter what that stuff is) and bipartisanship.

What do I see? An admittedly, telegenic, talented and savvy communicator who focuses exclusively on the easy “60% issues” like criminal justice reform and college loan refinancing to forge a public brand that, as Olivia Nuzzi of the Daily Beast articulately explained on Monday, isn’t exactly reflective of the true Booker record.

But when was the last time you heard Cory Booker venture into innovative, politically-perilous territory in the realms of tax policy? Foreign policy? Entitlement reform?

Nope. You can’t solve those problems in 140 characters or less… so…


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