Via LGM and Steve Kornacki comes this sordid little episode from Meet The Press this morning. Cory Booker, an Obama campaign surrogate, refused to criticize Romney’s business record when given amble opportunity to do so.
And he used several tried-and-true centrist methods to do so. When talking about specific deals Romney made which resulted in lost jobs, failed companies and yet millions of dollars of Bain profit, Booker lays a jujitsu move and tries to make it appear like even discussing this stuff is an attack on the entire concept of private equity investment. He then fails to even take a position on whether private equity investment as it’s generally practiced can be criticized, saying that “they create a lot of jobs” and that when people start making these criticisms “I’m very uncomfortable.” Weasel words which no one pays attention to and cannot possibly come back to bite him should Savior Lord Jesus come down from the heavens and it becomes politically popular to reign in the financial system and private equity investment.
The people who are paying attention are noticing his refusal to attack Romney’s business record. Steve Kornacki thinks that he’s cultivating them as a funding stream for his potential 2014 Senate run. This blog wishes Booker godspeed on his quest to man the USS Centrist, and hopes he succeeds in his goal right before the ship crashes and drowns all hands.