Voltaire, the notorious 18th century French intellectual, once said, “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump and most lawmakers of the Republican Party are, unlike the author of “Candide,” on record as being earnest believers in a higher power. However, if they had made the same supplication that Voltaire said he did, they couldn’t have gotten a better answer from God than Democrat Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Booker, you may have heard, is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that is questioning Kavanaugh on his record. Booker is also a potential 2020 Democrat candidate for the presidency. He’s also, if you believe his rhetoric, closely akin to a 1st century B.C. Thracian gladiator who helped lead a rebellion against the Romans.
Confused? Let Booker explain as he tells you why he says he was releasing purportedly confidential emails from Kavanaugh’s time with the Bush administration.
“I will say that I did willingly violate the chair’s rule on the committee confidential process,” Booker said.
“I take full responsibility for violating that, sir. And I violate it because I sincerely believe that the public deserves to know this nominee’s record. And in this particular case, his record on issues of race and the law. And I could not understand, and I violated this rule knowingly, why these issues should be withheld from the public.
“Now, I appreciate the comments of my colleagues. This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
That’s powerful stuff. Powerfully hilarious. In addition to being completely hysterical, however, it’s also completely fraudulent:
NEW statement from Bill Burck, GWB’s records representative who led the review of Kavanaugh’s records pic.twitter.com/6MQSbgB1ub
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 6, 2018
“We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker’s staff asked us to,” Bill Burck, Bush’s presidential records representative, said of the documents.
“We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly. In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public.”
In other words, this is a bit like William Jennings Bryan dramatically telling the 1896 Democrat convention, “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!” getting a standing ovation, and then someone casually striding up to the podium and informing the crowd the gold standard had been abandoned some time ago and we were all on fiat currency now. Except picture the entire convention laughing at Bryan to begin with and then laughing harder when he got proven wrong.
Not quite this, huh?
As potential presidential candidates embarrassing themselves go, usually you have to get the nomination before you do something this bad. Cory Booker hasn’t even declared.
I’m not quite sure who among the conservative masses uttered Voltaire’s prayer, but you can’t fault the Deity for not coming through.
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