Booker’s rant reveals Democrats’ Trump obsession

first_imgYou may be there awhile. And, when pressed for a response, be ready with an appropriate line, such as, “I’m sorry. Was there a question in there?”Learn to swat imaginary flies and squint as if you notice a spider on the head of the inquisitor.Anyway, Booker may have been the most wincingly awful to watch, but he is by no means the only Democratic White House hopeful jockeying to position himself or herself as the most liberal, the most outraged, the most synthetically sincere of 2020 contenders.Booker’s pinwheel-eyed fulmination takes its place alongside similarly shameful rants from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and other liberal one-uppers stumbling over themselves to prove their anti-Trump bona fides.They may think they’re feeding their Democratic base — after all, social media has turned anti-Trump outrage into an industry — but there are two problems with this assumption.First, even the most rabid anti-Trumpists want substance from their Democratic candidates, and Booker and others have produced none.Second, in their lemming-like scramble to the fringe, Democrats are abandoning the sensible center, where most Americans live and the position from which they wish their lawmakers to govern. The pain and drama of it all was just too much.And it’s only January. The first presidential primary is more than two years away.Booker’s rant is only an early taste of many more to come from an increasingly clamorous field of Democratic presidential hopefuls.The Democratic Party is lurching irreparably to the left and has nothing to offer voters in 2020 other than outrage over Trump’s latest tweet and the resuscitation of tired policies that would return a booming U.S. economy to the stagnant Obama years.It’s too bad Nielsen couldn’t have punctuated Booker’s rant with a well-played stage yawn, giving his self-serving jeremiad the treatment it deserved.Over the next two years, more Cabinet officials will be testifying before Congress and the Democratic Outrage Machine will pounce with their rehearsed lines and faux outrage.Pro tip to the unlucky witnesses: Bring reading material.  For months, I have written about the Democratic Party’s dangerous lurch to the left.Beginning with support for the Sanders-backed promise of universal health care, Democrats are now in the position where the only way they can distinguish themselves and prevent an onslaught of attacks from their progressive base is to take on and embrace increasingly polarized leftist positions and a continuing stream of anti-Trump venom.Even the liberal New York Times has taken note with the recent headline on an article by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Senate Democrats Make Hard Turn Left in Warming Up for 2020 Race.”The fact that Democrats are abandoning any notion of compromise and refusing to appeal to independent and moderate voters should come as no surprise.The party has been hijacked by radical voices from within, and what we are seeing now is only the beginning of what is to come.Ed Rogers is a political consultant and a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush White Houses and several national campaigns. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionAnybody who watched the clumsy histrionics of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., at last week’s Senate grilling of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to feel a little sorry for him.His overacting was on full display before the Senate Judiciary Committee and TV cameras.Booker posed, pretended, preened and generally made a fool of himself shouting at Nielsen about President Donald Trump’s latest inexplicable comments regarding immigrants from certain parts of the world.In releasing his almost-comical wrath, Booker’s performance was so awful and cringe-worthy that I actually felt embarrassed for him.He even copped to weeping “tears of rage.”last_img read more

Bulk no burden for West Indies spinner Cornwall

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – At 6’6” and 140kg, Rahkeem Cornwall would struggle to fit into anyone’s perception of what a modern day cricketer should look like but the West Indies off-spinner says he knows exactly how to get the best out of his big frame on the pitch.While his talent was recognised early on, the 27-year-old only made his Test debut against India in August last year.Three months later, he claimed his first 10-wicket match haul against Afghanistan and also played in the third and final Test against England last month.“Everybody’s not going to be small,” the towering spinner told Reuters from Trinidad. “I just stick to my strength and do what I know I can do and perform.” With his height, Antigua-born Cornwall generates more bounce than most off-spinners and combines it with his accuracy to trouble batsmen.“I think my height has played a big part … I also have to put the ball in the right areas to get the ball to spin,” said Cornwall, who is considered the heaviest player to have played Test cricket.Blessed with soft hands and sharp reflexes, Cornwall has also grown into a safe slip-catcher, illustrated by his stunning one-handed grab to dismiss England opener Rory Burns in Manchester last month. “I think my hands are good. I think I’m a good catcher of the cricket ball, so fielding in the slip comes easy to me.“I can field in different positions but I just prefer to be in the slip because I can catch.”Cornwall went wicketless in the Manchester Test, where England triumphed by 269 runs to complete a 2-1 series victory, but he said it was a learning experience. “Patience and adapting to different conditions is key,” said Cornwall, who currently plays for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League. “I think England is one of the toughest place to play cricket. I learned a lot from the test series.”last_img read more

Playtech confident of countering Asian headwinds to meet 2018 targets

first_img StumbleUpon Share Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 Submit Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share FTSE250 gambling technology group Playtech Plc has this morning published its latest trading update informing investors that the company is on track to deliver its 2018 expected EBITDA range of €320-360 million.Issuing a short market guidance, Playtech governance details that its B2B Gaming Division continues to trade in line with the trends reported for its interim results in August, generating good revenue growth outside of Asia.The technology group informs that Asian market revenues have stabilised at an annualised run-rate of approximately €150 million.Supporting its stable B2B performance, Playtech reports a continued positive momentum for its enlarged B2C division, which has incorporated new Italian gambling asset  Snaitech – a transaction completed during the Q2 2018 trading for approximately €850 million.During the trading period, Playtech governance restructured the firm’s financial position, offloading its 10% shareholding in Plus500 (transaction £185 million) alongside further completing a new €530 million bond offering.Proceeds from Playtech’s transactions will be used to bridge facilities used for the acquisition of Snaitech and to pay back further deal-related costs.last_img read more