No one was more proud of Cory Booker than Cory Booker during the Kavanaugh hearings, going so far as to call his brave moment of claiming to defy Senate rules as his “Spartacus moment.”
This “Spartacus moment” involved releasing pre-approved documents that Booker claimed were not approved, and those documents in question proved that Bret Kavanaugh was not in favor of racial profiling after 9/11, throwing a wrench in Booker’s plan to seem like he was standing in the way of a racist.
It was one of Booker’s worst, and most embarrassing moments, and will probably haunt him during his 2020 presidential attempt, which was the whole reason he attempted this publicity stunt in the first place.
The haunting is already ongoing even now, however, as Justice Clarence Thomas was on camera making a joke about it during a C-SPAN televised Q&A with the Federalist Society.
“Honorable – if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of ‘Spartacus’…” noted Thomas to laughter from the audience.
From last week, Justice Clarence Thomas: "Honorable – if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of 'Spartacus'…"
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 12, 2018
While the zing on Booker was welcome, the meat of what Thomas said after is more worthy of writing down in the history books:
“If we could use the word honorable more often, think about the difference it’ll make. Then, you’ll have a legacy. We will have left the country in better shape, morally, structurally than we found it. But as long as we’re looking at our interests, or scoring points, or looking cute, or being on TV, or the greenhouse effect, or what editorials we’re getting, especially the legal system, how do we maintain it? If you can’t debate hard issues honestly, with honor, with integrity, how do we keep a civil society?”
This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.
This is not too dissimilar to the tongue lashing that was delivered by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) during the Kavanaugh hearings where he urged his colleagues to drop the showboating and go back to acting like professionals. Sadly, Sasse’s words were ignored by the likes of Booker and Harris.
Hopefully, Thomas’s words will be taken to heart, but with Democrats seeing their time to strike coming quickly, I doubt he’ll get much of an ear from Democrats.