“Being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare, it’s patriotism,” the Newark, NJ mayor told the crowd.
“So socialism is patriotism now?” Misfit Politics’ Brandon Morse exclaimed on twitter after the comment.
Booker, who was once lauded as both an inspirational figure in the Democratic Party and one Republicans were able to work across the aisle with, has been in exile since he criticized the Obama campaign for attacking GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s record at private investment firm Bain Capital. After it became clear the remarks had rubbed Democratic Party leaders the wrong way, Booker walked back his remarks in a YouTube video now nicknamed the Booker “hostage” video. So bad was Booker’s ‘clarification’ video, politicos are now calling walkbacks from rank and file members of the Democratic Party as ‘getting Cory Bookered.’
Booker was not a featured speaker at the convention Tuesday. Rather, he was selected to officially present the Democratic Party platform as part of a committee report, which yielded him speaking time.
After the Bain Capital incident, Booker was lucky to have a speaking slot at the convention, period. But the fact that he was scheduled at 6pm, outside of primetime convention coverage, shows just where the New Jersey politician stands with the Democratic establishment. Booker spoke just before North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. Berdue is unarguably the most unpopular Governor in America. The only reason Perdue, who is not seeking re-election, is even speaking at the convention is because it is being held in her state. Bev Purdue is not a figure you want to be bracketed next to.
Booker obviously needed to say something notable to get back on good terms with the party establishment tonight, which is why he reintroduced the idea that paying higher taxes is patriotic, and therefore rich people should be happy to have their taxes raised, but it’s sad to see him selling out and choosing politics over policy.