New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker announced his presidential run earlier this month, but he’s failed to gain enthusiasm even among his own constituents.
Of Garden State residents polled by Monmouth University between Feb. 8-10, more said Booker wouldn’t make a good president than those who said he would.
“New Jerseyans are divided on whether Booker would actually make a good president – 37% say he would and 42% say he would not,” the Monmouth University Polling Institute reported.
Additionally, a whopping 58 percent of New Jersey residents said Booker will not be able to effectively serve as a senator while running for president.
Booker announced his candidacy on the first day of February — Black History Month — with a message about race.
“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it,” Booker said in his announcement video.
“Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common purpose. Together, America, we will rise.”
Booker’s campaign probably thought that sounded stirring. For Americans who follow politics — even for liberals — it’s more boringly predictable Democratic identity politics.
Even aside from the notable lack of enthusiasm among his own state’s residents, Booker is facing stiff competition in the nomination race.
California Sen. Kamala Harris, one of Booker’s Democratic opponents in the nomination race , already seems in the lead with regard to media coverage.
Harris had a successful town hall with CNN last month, which rewarded her with early momentum.
Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren might also pose a threat to Booker’s 2020 intentions.
Both women are just as far-left as Booker.
Things go from bad to worse for Booker — and other Democrats — when the potential presidential run of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is considered.
Schultz offers liberal voters a potential third-party candidate with less extreme positions. Already, Schultz harshly rebuked the absurd Green New Deal and attacked the Democratic Party for its extremism.
There are plenty of options available for liberal voters, which means there is no reason to vote for Booker.
Booker isn’t a special or interesting candidate — he’s the typical cookie-cutter, far-left Democrat, and in the 2020 Democratic field as it’s shaping up, there are plenty of those to go around.
I don’t blame his constituents for wanting someone else as president.
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