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So we’re up to speed here, yes?

Cory Booker declared criticism of the industry where his campaign donors come from off-limits, released a youtube video where he doubled down on that declaration, and hit a few softballs that were walked up to a tee for him by asshole Rachel Maddow in an interview where he refused to address what he said re: declaring his campaign donors off-limits.

But the donors were mighty titans of the financial industry, so no serious media person gave a shit, of course.  It’s all “process” and “tone” and “campaign positioning” and look a baby panda who convulsively sneezes in a funny way.  None involved will ever be punished for polluting the public discourse, and we all die alone.

BUT. Centrists are unique among members of the class Insecta in that they run toward wherever the media is shining light at any particular time.

SO. It is time for that cherished ritual, a children’s treasury of lolCentrists which makes fun of all the asinine and terrible things centrists say whitewashing objectively awful comments by a centrist colleague.

There are a lot of them so they are off the main page. The last one is out of left field and is the funniest.   The meat, as the samurai said to the courtesan, is below the fold. Read the rest of this entry »

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I mean it's not surprising but I wish there was just one out there who didn't do kneejerk bullshit like this

I mean it’s not surprising but I wish there was just one out there who didn’t do kneejerk bullshit like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Cory Booker did on Meet The Press what politicians do on Sunday shows: distort the media to benefit his political donors.

Then he made a youtube response to criticism where he distorted what he said to benefit his political donors.

I mean this isn’t really the discovery of the Higgs Boson.  This is what the media is for.  But the smug self-righteousness of preening about money in politics and superPACs in the middle of DECLARING CRITICISM OF YOUR DONORS OFF-LIMITS just pisses me off.  Plus there are some people who seem not to notice what is going on.

One of those people happens to have a national cable news show who interviewed Cory Booker the day after he did all this shit.  Guess who it is!  And guess which bodily function the interview resembles!

Maddow’s interview is here I ain’t embedding it because both times I loaded it there were commercials for a Fuck Public Education Company and Boeing. I’m not having that on my conscience.

Suffice to say the vast majority of the interview is “You’re now a political football on both sides” and “How do you feel about your role in the Obama campaign at this point” and all that bullshit.  The one question which could possibly be construed to be in the public interest comes about 3/4s of the way through the interview and is “What would you say the limits are to criticism of the private equity investment industry.” Which isn’t exactly “Did you order the Code Red” but it’s not out of place in an interview which doesn’t actively try to mislead the public.

Of course, Booker responds to that question with the same line of bullshit he slung in his youtube response: he’s tired of “negative advertising” and “the money in politics” and “the flood of SuperPAC money” and “the negative campaigning that is turning Americans away from politics”.  And of course Maddow follows it up with an unrelated question about how the Obama campaign is using him at this point.

Fuck Rachel Maddow.  If you want to prance about as a serious journalist who gives a shit from a progressive perspective the absolute fucking minimum requirement for that is to point the fuck out when politicians are running interference for their political donors in the name of “objectivity” and “caring about the political process”.  Especially when it’s on the platform of a Sunday morning show.  And especially when the politician issues a response video that slings the same obfuscatory bullshit.  And especially when you’re doing the first interview after all this shit drops.

And again this isn’t the biggest thing in the world but I’m tired of being intellectually insulted.  Especially by someone who promises not to do that.

So Cory Booker released a follow-up video to his execreble Meet The Press appearance in which he refused to even acknowledge that Romney’s business practices involved taking over companies, liquidating labor and assets, finding buyers or declaring bankruptcy, and pocketing modest eight-figure consulting fees in the process. Said it made him “very uncomfortable” to talk about.

He released a follow-up video “after getting social media feedback” and . . . ugh just watch.

 

You can’t even use this to play Centrist Cliche bingo, because everyone would win.

“My political superiors have done a fantastic job”

“This negative campaigning hurts the process”

“I don’t like the SuperPACs that I am currently pandering to”

“My biggest concern is for the voices that are not being heard and voices not being shared”

“Let’s not bicker over small things, let us not denigrate each other or paint with a small brush, let us unite around ideas”

Some of that is typical politico pablum but is kinda jarring to hear IN A VIDEO APOLOGIZING FOR ACTING TOO MUCH LIKE A POLITICIAN.

But my favorite absolute best part is when he actually gets around to his Romney remarks 3/4s of the way into the video.  “Romney’s not being completely honest about his business record, and I encourage examination and discussion of that record.”

So.  He’s on a show where Romney’s record is being discussed.  When Romney’s record is being discussed accurately and fairly he says “private equity in general is a bedrock financial institution and my wallet is on a centrist diet and gets queasy when we start criticizing this stuff.” Then he makes an apology video 5/6s of which is claiming to rise above partisan muck and saying “I encourage examination of Romney’s record.”  None of which, I hope it is unnecessary to point out, contradicts or qualifies his earlier “open for business” statement to private equity firms he’s apologizing for.

Fuck Cory Booker.

Take that . . . to the bank!

Take that . . . to the bank!

 

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.

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