Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., walks on the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) presidential campaign has been at the bottom of the tank for almost the entire time he’s been running for the job. He has not caught fire nationally with the Democratic base, nor in the crucial places that he needs to (Iowa and New Hampshire). And in South Carolina, where there is a large base of black Democratic voters, he’s also failed to gain any noticeable traction.
Simply put, the New Jersey Senator’s chances of winning are slim to none at this point in the game, and there is nothing happening behind the scenes to suggest that his dire political situation will change anytime between now and the Iowa caucuses in early February. Nevertheless, Booker is putting his best spin on the situation by way of warning Joe Biden that doing well in polls really, ya know, means nothing:
“We’ve never had someone, never—this should worry Joe Biden—nobody has ever in our Democratic Party, in our lifetimes, been leading in the polls at this point and gone on to the White House,” Booker told MSNBC. “They’ve usually been people that are more like me: young, dynamic people coming up who energize and excite the full base of the Democratic Party.”
The New Jersey senator argued there is evidence he will be able to draw in black support and compared this primary to the 2008 election race, in which Barack Obama trailed Hillary Clinton among black voters in November of 2007.
While it’s true Obama trailed Hillary Clinton nationally (including among black voters) for most of the pre-primary/caucus 2007-2008 campaign season before he went on to win the nomination, one thing Booker omits is that Obama was polling in second and sometimes third place behind her in polling. Plus, Obama was polling in the double digits. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but outside of when he declared his candidacy back in February, Booker has failed to crack 10% in a poll even once.
Not only that but Democratic voters do not “usually pick” someone who is “young and dynamic” for the nominee. Sometimes they pick older white folks. Remember Hillary Clinton and John Kerry? I know they ran forgettable campaigns in retrospect, but that doesn’t change the fact that Democratic voters ultimately picked them to be their nominee in 2004 and 2016 respectively. Let’s also not forget that the 2016 Democratic primary centered around two older white people: Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
It’s clear that Booker’s so desperate at this stage he’ll say anything to keep hope afloat. Perhaps he’s got a trick up his sleeve or a rabbit he can pull out of his hat in the coming weeks, but I doubt it.
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