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.