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(New York Daily News)   Corey Booker decides to look at a 2014 Senate bid rather than to go up too many weight classes right now   (nydailynews.com) divider line 38
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2012-12-20 01:58:39 PM
Excellent. He can serve as a senator for two years, then run for President in 2016. Just like Obama.  Two black men in a row for the Dems will make every Teabagger from here to Idaho collectively evacuate their bowels.
 
2012-12-20 02:10:03 PM

Coco LaFemme: Excellent. He can serve as a senator for two years, then run for President in 2016. Just like Obama.  Two black men in a row for the Dems will make every Teabagger from here to Idaho collectively evacuate their bowels.


I think that  just might make them follow through on the 2nd amendment solutions they keep babbling about.
 
2012-12-20 02:26:52 PM
I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.
 
2012-12-20 02:27:31 PM
This could work.
 
/And nobody would have to be nailed to anything.
 
2012-12-20 02:44:55 PM
I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.
 
2012-12-20 02:50:49 PM

quatchi: This could work.

/And nobody would have to be nailed to anything.


Hey...where did all the dolphins go?
 
2012-12-20 03:05:25 PM

pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.


Exactly what I'm thinking.  Unless he's thinking Governor Christie would be too difficult to beat.  I've heard that while controversial, he is popular (I don't live in NJ, so I don't know first hand.)
 
But still... I can't see a guy like him doing well in congress.
 
2012-12-20 03:28:48 PM

Coco LaFemme: Excellent. He can serve as a senator for two years, then run for President in 2016. Just like Obama.  Two black men in a row for the Dems will make every Teabagger from here to Idaho collectively evacuate their bowels.


There is absolutely no part of this I don't like.
 
2012-12-20 03:32:56 PM

downstairs: pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.

Exactly what I'm thinking.  Unless he's thinking Governor Christie would be too difficult to beat.  I've heard that while controversial, he is popular (I don't live in NJ, so I don't know first hand.)
 
But still... I can't see a guy like him doing well in congress.


This, this and this.
 
Although he's an incredibly intelligent guy, I don't know how happy he'll be when politiking becomes the main goal over being hands on in a community.
 
2012-12-20 04:19:40 PM

Coco LaFemme: Excellent. He can serve as a senator for two years, then run for President in 2016. Just like Obama.  Two black men in a row for the Dems will make every Teabagger from here to Idaho collectively evacuate their bowels.


I told my wife that back when Booker was recently on The Daily Show. Unless he farks it up, he's on the fast track for being a top candidate in 2016.

And if he's the nominee or winner in 2016, I suspect all the GOP and/or Tea Party will try to add a constitutional amendment that all US presidents must be white Christian males.
 
2012-12-20 04:22:08 PM
Nailed it.

downstairs: Unless he's thinking Governor Christie would be too difficult to beat.  I've heard that while controversial, he is popular (I don't live in NJ, so I don't know first hand.)


That's exactly what Booker is thinking. After Christie's response to Hurricane Sandy, and absent a massive scandal in the next year, there is almost no chance the voters of New Jersey will decline to give him a second term.
 
2012-12-20 04:24:39 PM

qorkfiend: Nailed it.

downstairs: Unless he's thinking Governor Christie would be too difficult to beat.  I've heard that while controversial, he is popular (I don't live in NJ, so I don't know first hand.)

That's exactly what Booker is thinking. After Christie's response to Hurricane Sandy, and absent a massive scandal in the next year, there is almost no chance the voters of New Jersey will decline to give him a second term.


Massive coronary.
 
2012-12-20 04:24:51 PM

pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.


It's sort of like going from a grad student straight to assistant professor.
 
2012-12-20 04:28:10 PM

pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.


I couldn't find it just now, but a couple of weeks ago there was an article in the NY Times saying approximately the opposite of what you're saying: that even Booker's biggest fans are starting to question his interest in handling the day-to-day crap that has to get done in an executive capacity. He's more interested in the big ideas and, of course, with marketing them, and may well be better suited for a legislature.
 
2012-12-20 04:29:46 PM

Super Chronic: pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.

I couldn't find it just now, but a couple of weeks ago there was an article in the NY Times saying approximately the opposite of what you're saying: that even Booker's biggest fans are starting to question his interest in handling the day-to-day crap that has to get done in an executive capacity. He's more interested in the big ideas and, of course, with marketing them, and may well be better suited for a legislature.


Found it. Here it is.
 
2012-12-20 04:30:35 PM

Buck Henderson: qorkfiend: Nailed it.

downstairs: Unless he's thinking Governor Christie would be too difficult to beat.  I've heard that while controversial, he is popular (I don't live in NJ, so I don't know first hand.)

That's exactly what Booker is thinking. After Christie's response to Hurricane Sandy, and absent a massive scandal in the next year, there is almost no chance the voters of New Jersey will decline to give him a second term.

Massive coronary.


Haha, yeah. That'll probably work as well.
 
2012-12-20 04:33:04 PM

Super Chronic: pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.

I couldn't find it just now, but a couple of weeks ago there was an article in the NY Times saying approximately the opposite of what you're saying: that even Booker's biggest fans are starting to question his interest in handling the day-to-day crap that has to get done in an executive capacity. He's more interested in the big ideas and, of course, with marketing them, and may well be better suited for a legislature.


Hmmmm... OK.  I guess we're trying to read his mind based merely on his actions.  I could see that.
 
2012-12-20 04:34:29 PM

Buck Henderson: qorkfiend: Nailed it.

downstairs: Unless he's thinking Governor Christie would be too difficult to beat.  I've heard that while controversial, he is popular (I don't live in NJ, so I don't know first hand.)

That's exactly what Booker is thinking. After Christie's response to Hurricane Sandy, and absent a massive scandal in the next year, there is almost no chance the voters of New Jersey will decline to give him a second term.

Massive coronary.


We could start a fund raiser to send boxes of dunkin donuts to the govenors mansion!
 
2012-12-20 04:34:58 PM

ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.


===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.
 
2012-12-20 04:39:23 PM
Cory Booker is such a full of shiat politician. He's only running to further glorify Cory Booker. Newark is still a shiathole, Cory. You haven't accomplished anything.
 
2012-12-20 04:41:04 PM

Zoomaster: ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.

===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.


She's 1/32nd Native American
 
//herp de derp
 
2012-12-20 04:42:15 PM

Zoomaster: ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.

===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.


Doubtful. Clinton's probably not healthy enough, Palin's nuts. Who is left from the respectable* female political candidate list?

*Bachmann doesn't count
 
2012-12-20 04:44:37 PM

Exception Collection: Zoomaster: ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.

===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.

Doubtful. Clinton's probably not healthy enough, Palin's nuts. Who is left from the respectable* female political candidate list?

*Bachmann doesn't count


Warren. I'd vote for her.
 
2012-12-20 04:45:59 PM

Exception Collection: Zoomaster: ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.

===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.

Doubtful. Clinton's probably not healthy enough, Palin's nuts. Who is left from the respectable* female political candidate list?

*Bachmann doesn't count


Not sure about Clinton's health... does she have issues?  However, she'd be 69 when she'd run, and 73 if she ran again, and 77 if she completed 2 terms.  Pretty much the same as Ronald Reagan, and we all know the issues he had as he aged.
 
2012-12-20 04:46:25 PM
Cory's ideal running mate?

www.marieclaire.com

/*groan*
 
2012-12-20 04:47:08 PM

downstairs: Super Chronic: pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.

I couldn't find it just now, but a couple of weeks ago there was an article in the NY Times saying approximately the opposite of what you're saying: that even Booker's biggest fans are starting to question his interest in handling the day-to-day crap that has to get done in an executive capacity. He's more interested in the big ideas and, of course, with marketing them, and may well be better suited for a legislature.

Hmmmm... OK.  I guess we're trying to read his mind based merely on his actions.  I could see that.


As it turns out, the guess happens to be backed up by his now-explicit words, in TFA, namely that he would like to explore becoming a Senator. Why not reply to the one speculating that he would *hate* being a legislator?
 
2012-12-20 04:49:34 PM

Exception Collection: Zoomaster: ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.

===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.

Doubtful. Clinton's probably not healthy enough, Palin's nuts. Who is left from the respectable* female political candidate list?

*Bachmann doesn't count


Warren, Napolitano, Sebelius.
 
2012-12-20 04:51:24 PM

SuperT: Exception Collection: Zoomaster: ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.

===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.

Doubtful. Clinton's probably not healthy enough, Palin's nuts. Who is left from the respectable* female political candidate list?

*Bachmann doesn't count

Warren. I'd vote for her.


I would be shocked if Warren won it. For starters, she only did marginally better against Scott Brown in Massachusetts than Martha Coakley did, and perhaps no better once we control for presidential coattails. Also, "old and pissed off" really isn't much of a recipe for success (see Gingrich, Newt).
 
2012-12-20 05:10:08 PM

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Warren, Napolitano, Sebelius.


Oh, I hadn't thought of Sebelius. The thought of being her intern at the Oral*ahem* Oval Office is very appealing.

/be in my bunk
 
2012-12-20 05:29:44 PM

Flying Lasagna Monster: Cory Booker is such a full of shiat politician. He's only running to further glorify Cory Booker. Newark is still a shiathole, Cory. You haven't accomplished anything.


Actually, while still not a fabulous city, I stayed at the Robert Treat in Newark a month or so ago and spent some time wandering around the central ward, where I noticed quite a bit of new development going on - something that is practically unheard of in this city. Also, I know for a fact that Booker has done quite a bit to clean up the corruption of the Sharpe James administration, for instance, having a paycheck pickup day where they eliminated many fraudulent "city employees" that were merely getting handouts due to city corruption and canceling services and utility payments for non-city employemees, most famously, thousands of cell phone bills that were being paid for by the city - again handed out by the James administration as graft to supporters.
 
The city is also obviously safer. It has gone from leading the nation in violent crime down to #78 amongst citys of the same size, making it safer than places like Kansas City, Philadelphia, Cincinatti, Cleveland and pretty much any major city in Michigan (not just Detroit, which comes in unsurprisingly at #6).
 
Property appreciation, both commercial and residential is also up - in fact, it is outstripping the average in the rest of America and New Jersey in general. This has been on the back of an urgent urban renewl process that has demolished tenements and rebuilt new mixed income housing developments, doubling the amount of afforadable housing in the city, with another doubling currently in development.
 
The city budget defecit has dropped from 180 million to 73 million. He had to take some unpopular measures (raising property taxes, selling off city buildings, laying off employees) to restructure the cities debt so that they would have a chance to get out of the hole, but that's the kind of hard calls that typifies Corey Booker and lends credence to the general public and business opinion that he's an honest broker.
 
That reputation for honesty of course has paid off for the city - combined with Bookers relentless promoting of Newark the city has seen an influx of donations and commercial investment, probably most famously the 100 million dollars donated by FB tycoon Mark Zuckerberg.
 
Anyway... phew. I can understand if you don't like the guy. I think his relentless media appearances really put some people off. I know many people who are uneducated about what's actually happened in the city probably want to believe that he's just full of hot air - after all that aligns pretty well with their preconcieved notions of politicians in general. However, saying that he hasn't accomplished <b>anything</b> isn't just a bald faced lie, it's the literal height of ignorance.
 
What I really find funny, is that by making himself a national public figure, he's drawn attention from political partisans that must be going nuts trying to drag him down, since there is literally almost nothing to throw at him. He's one of the few politicians in the country that has actually had his favorable ratings <b>go up</b> amongst his constituents when he's been in office - one of the most recent tracking polls shows an increase from 32% favorable in 2008 to 47% in 2012. Personally, I think this stems from one thing and it's a trait that many of his political detractors admit - the man seems to be incorruptable, no small feat considering he's the mayor of the most corrupt city in one of the most corrupt states in the country.
 
So like yeah - I think he's done a pretty damn good job. For the sake of the citizens of Newark, I hope he keeps doing it until they can get rid of their culture of corruption in the city - then it won't need a guy like Corey Booker anymore.
 
2012-12-20 05:33:49 PM

Super Chronic: downstairs: Super Chronic: pisceandreamer: I think he would *hate* being a Senator.  As Mayor, he has been very hands on and directly involved in the community - that isn't going to happen if he hits the Senate.

I couldn't find it just now, but a couple of weeks ago there was an article in the NY Times saying approximately the opposite of what you're saying: that even Booker's biggest fans are starting to question his interest in handling the day-to-day crap that has to get done in an executive capacity. He's more interested in the big ideas and, of course, with marketing them, and may well be better suited for a legislature.

Hmmmm... OK.  I guess we're trying to read his mind based merely on his actions.  I could see that.

As it turns out, the guess happens to be backed up by his now-explicit words, in TFA, namely that he would like to explore becoming a Senator. Why not reply to the one speculating that he would *hate* being a legislator?


I'm sorry... my post came off totally wrong.  I worded it like I was addressing you.  But I wasn't
 
By "we" I meant myself and others in the thread.  Not you.
 
Apologies... I can see why you took it that way.
 
2012-12-20 06:33:21 PM
Booker has NO SHOT at becoming president. I like the guy, but follow him on Twitter for a month and you'll see. This county will not vote for a vegan.
 
2012-12-20 07:11:39 PM

JerseyTim: Booker has NO SHOT at becoming president. I like the guy, but follow him on Twitter for a month and you'll see. This county will not vote for a vegan.


Also, just the first name. It's forever associated with Feldman and Haim. Not presidential.
 
2012-12-20 09:14:43 PM

Super Chronic: JerseyTim: Booker has NO SHOT at becoming president. I like the guy, but follow him on Twitter for a month and you'll see. This county will not vote for a vegan.

Also, just the first name. It's forever associated with Feldman and Haim. Not presidential.


a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2012-12-20 10:11:46 PM

The Bestest: Super Chronic: JerseyTim: Booker has NO SHOT at becoming president. I like the guy, but follow him on Twitter for a month and you'll see. This county will not vote for a vegan.

Also, just the first name. It's forever associated with Feldman and Haim. Not presidential.

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You win, sir.
 
2012-12-20 11:43:34 PM

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Exception Collection: Zoomaster: ManateeGag: I think the next President will be a white guy.  then our next "minority" President will be a white woman.

===============

It is a done deal, the next president is already going to be a white woman.

Doubtful. Clinton's probably not healthy enough, Palin's nuts. Who is left from the respectable* female political candidate list?

*Bachmann doesn't count

Warren, Napolitano, Sebelius.


Baldwin. Not for 2016 but 2020 is realistic.
 
2012-12-21 03:46:36 PM

Peki: The Jami Turman Fan Club: Warren, Napolitano, Sebelius.

Oh, I hadn't thought of Sebelius. The thought of being her intern at the Oral*ahem* Oval Office is very appealing.

/be in my bunk


Thinking of attractive female politicians with possible Presidential ambitions, Kirsten Gillibrand has been getting some buzz. Probably steps into the race if Hillary chooses not to run.
 
2012-12-22 07:43:35 PM
Newark's not completely fixed from corruption and crime, but Booker sure as hell helped to make a dent in it. Wasn't going to repost TwistedFark's entire post either, but I'm going to give credit where credit's due

Tragically, the issues of drug related violence is never going to go away in Newark. There are still slews of people who make the drive down from Bergen County to buy coke and heroin, feeding the local underground economy. I've seen it destroy people personally. It's an awful goddamn thing.
 
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