I don’t think that job was gonna pan out anyway

Booker’s big mouth ruins relationship with Obama, Cabinet hopes

It’s bye-bye, Beltway for Cory Booker.

Newark’s mayor, who was gunning for a spot in President Obama’s Cabinet, lost the chance after he shot his mouth off during a blunderingly honest TV appearance last month, sources told The Post.

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

Booker had been angling for the housing secretary gig in a second Obama term, according to sources in the administration and close to the mayor.

The job was certainly a possibility, given Booker’s work in New Jersey’s biggest city, according to administration and Democratic Party sources.

Cory Booker shouldn’t worry. I don’t think that job was gonna pan out anyway. The next housing secretary will probably be a Republican.

But it brings up the point – if you are a Democratic politician, why should you do Obama’s dirty work?

What can Obama do for you? What will he do for you?

Obama’s endorsement has been a kiss of death for Democrats around the nation. Just ask Martha Coakley. If he wins he’ll have no coattails but he might appoint you to a job in Washington DC. Honestly though, do you really want that on your resume? “I was a Cabinet Secretary in the most screwed-up administration in modern history.” If he loses he can’t do anything but issue you a pardon before he leaves office.

Obama is already a lame duck, the only question is how much longer we’ll have to put up with him. His influence has waned and he has no carrots or sticks left. So you don’t get invited to any more White House parties for a while. Big deal.

Obama was able to raise a lot of money back in 2008 but he kept it all for himself. This time around he’s holding more fundraisers but enjoying them less. And he’s still keeping all the money.

The Big Dawg, on the other hand, can help you raise money and win you votes. Best of all, he won’t make you kiss his ass first.

The qualities that made Cory Booker a rising star will still be there after Obama is just a bad memory. The voters won’t hold it against him for being too honest.

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29 Responses to I don’t think that job was gonna pan out anyway

  1. crawdad says:

    Democrats aren’t abandoning Obama. He left them to fend for themselves a long time ago.

  2. votermom says:

    Cory Booker has bi-partisan appeal. His career is just starting.

  3. HELENK says:

    Cory Booker is handling a city with much poverty and many problems. He seems to be doing a much better job than backtrack. The people there and over most of the country like him. He sees a problem and tries to fix it and it is not all about him all the time.
    He is better off far far away from backtrack.

  4. Lulu says:

    There are few things that will create enemies faster in politics than being stingy with the campaign bucks when you reach the top. Obama did it in 2008 and the Democrats excused him. He did it in 2010 and they lost. He is doing it in 2012 and he is getting the shiv. By the time this is over no one will be sorry to see his skinny ass out the door.

  5. cj says:

    It’s the Chicago Way, too bad he didn’t stay in Chicago. Dumb move. Instead of building coalitions, the political genius turns allies into enemies, and then throws them all under the bus.

  6. cj says:


    President Obama: “The economy needs to be strengthened. That’s why I had a press conference.”

    • myiq2xu says:

      If he wanted to help the economy, he should have given a speech.

      Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.

      – Ezra Klein, Journolist founder, now with the Washington Post and Bloomberg.com, January 3, 2008.

      • Erica says:

        Wow, that 0 brand of Kool-Aid is really potent stuff.

      • I still don’t get the BS about him being such a grand orator. I listened to the speech at the DNC in 04- not impressed. It was a good speech- but even then he was annoying to watch and listen to- with all that head bobbing.I listened in 08 and was not impressed. I have listened since 08 – and I am not impressed.
        He has always ALWAYS set off my creepometer. Gave me the heebie jeebies from the start. Con Man. Shyster. Evil.
        I have a kind of radar for that shit.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          I admit I was impressed by his 2004 speech, even though I was aware at the time that it undercut John Edwards’ “Two Americas” argument, which I thought was the better argument.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Well, truer argument anyway. Obama’s was better because it truly was Reaganesque. And I mean that in the good way and the bad way.

      • WMCB says:

        Ezra was already on twitter immediately after the “doing fine” foot-shooting, whining that this is why presidents don’t talk to the media, becuz the big mean meanies are ready to jump on some tiny thing.

        What a fucking tool. Waaaaaaa!! Leave my Plastic Jesus alooooone! He’s not like every other preezy, he’s special!

      • threewickets says:

        Gag. Journolisters need their diapers changed.

  7. myiq2xu says:


    I would have thought that the recall election were a reality slap in the face for progressives. But no, they plunge more deeply into a self-marginalizing fantasy, from which they cannot speak to ordinary people.


  8. Erica says:

    ““He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago”

    How do they while away the hours at the WH, watching Godfather flicks over and over?

  9. Karma says:

    Wow…CNN is doing the SWATTING story right now.

  10. leslie says:

    This job is above his paygrade – or whatever he said all those years ago.

  11. DandyTiger says:

    So the Obama team doesn’t like Superman (Cory). Somehow that makes sense. But not in a way that’s good for Obama.

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