At first this was my view of Booker's comments-which I admit I didn't watch directly this week on Meet the Press:
"Mr. Booker's comment has been portrayed as a disagreement with the president over Mr. Obama's ad strategy."
However, I've come to see that Margaret Carlson is right: "What he was actually doing, however, was shoring up his base: Bain Capital and all those similarly situated firms that have supported him in the past and will, presumably, do so in the future if he ardently defends them."
Because she's right about the strange word choice of the Mayor's:
"Nauseating" is a word that demands to be heard. Mr. Booker could have said "wrong," "unfair," "ill-advised." But he didn't.
According the Ms. Carlson, Mayor Booker has aspirations for more than just Newark Mayor and he needs the private equity spigot to be running freely:
"Nary a cent for Mr. Booker's mayoral campaigns (or for revitalizing his city) has come from Newark or New Jersey. Most of it has come from the mountain of private equity and investment banking just across the Hudson, from which hedge-fund managers and other banking types write big checks to Mr. Romney and howl over "class warfare."
We know just how sensitive Wall Street is by Obama being forever pilloried because he once uttered the phrase "fat cat."
"Aside from describing what Mr. Obama's advertisement is doing to his stomach, Mr. Booker said, "We're getting to a ridiculous point in America. It's either going to be a small campaign about this crap or it's going to be a big campaign, in my opinion, about the issues that the American public cares about."
I'm all for talking about the issues Americans really cares about but he's misconstruing who's making it a small campaign about "this crap."
It's actually Mitt Romney. After all, he's the one trying to make this election a referendum on his time at Bain Capital:
"Romney says his experience as a businessman is the chief reason he should be elected president. (He lists running the 2002 Winter Olympics as second and mentions his single term as governor of Massachusetts hardly at all.)"