Ask U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-Twitter) who once again reversed himself (and jettisoned his dignity) on Tuesday, coming out strongly against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos‘s confirmation by the full Senate despite a significant track record, in his past life, of working with her on education issues.
The NRO’s incomparable John Fund said it best, back in mid-January:
Cory Booker was supposed to be different. Beginning when he ran a losing 2002 race for mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city. The 47-year-old Rhodes scholar and Yale Law graduate has been hailed as a “post partisan” figure by people as diverse as Bill Bradley and the late Jack Kemp. …”
Power makes whores of them all, folks. Almost without exception. Abandoning core beliefs — or at least what we thought were their core beliefs — to solicit special interest backing.
Imagine what a force for good this guy could’ve been had he stuck to his proverbial guns on issues including education reform?
Remember this guy?
I’d go as far as to say a pro-free enterprise, pro-school choice Cory Booker could’ve upended American politics in a way that Barack Obama the liberal ideologue never could despite his followers’ fondest hopes.
We’ll never know now. He’s chosen his path.