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

Man Charged For Indian American Girl’s Death in Car Accident in Minneapolis

first_imgA 21-year-old man, Michael Laurence Campbell, of Minneapolis was found guilty of killing his 20-year-old Indian American girlfriend, Ria Patel of Eden Prairie, due to negligent driving and for leaving the scene of the crash.Campbell was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the Sept. 17, 2017, death of Patel, a junior at the University of St. Thomas, one count each for the crash, and for leaving.Campbell’s lawyer had argued that the crash happened when Patel grabbed Campbell’s face for a passionate kiss but the jury found him guilty. Patel suffered numerous serious injuries to her head and face while Campbell had none, according to the testimony.Michael CampbellCampbell drove his red Ford Focus into the base of a traffic stoplight near the exit ramp from Interstate 35W and then fled the scene upon finding Patel dead, according to the prosecutors quoted by Eden Prairie news. He ran to his house that he shares with his roommates. He tried to call her home from a blocked number multiple times and his work to say that he would miss the shift later that day. He also missed his shift at work two days later. He took an Uber to St. Michael, where his parents lived but did not go to their house. He was found in St. Michael by the deputies.Patel was a junior at the University of St. Thomas. Hitesh Patel, the uncle of Ria Patel, said his niece was a happy, loving, outgoing and caring person, and that her friends and family will miss her.“The last six months have been hard on all of us as we adjust to a new normal, a new normal that we don’t want to wish upon anyone, a new normal where we are suffering a life sentence,” he told the Twin Cities media.The family of the victim also announced that they would launch a Ria Patel Foundation to end drunken and distracted driving.The prosecutors office said they would seek the longest sentence possible and estimated 57 months — four years nine months. Related ItemsIndian AmericanMinneapolislast_img read more