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How Cory Booker's Failed "Spartacus" Moment Made Brett Kavanaugh Look Like A Star

<p>During Thursday's Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker <strong>held the proceedings hostage</strong> with a dramatic display over the release a <a href="https://www.scribd.com/document/387988906/Booker-Confidential-Kavanaugh-Hearing">12-page email conversation</a> between Kavanaugh and several other people with the subject "racial profiling." </p>

<p>The email in question was part of a massive <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/09/03/hours-before-kavanaugh-nomination-hearings-bush-lawyer-releases-42000-pages-of-documents-to-judiciary-committee/?utm_term=.c0d9a204fece">Monday night document dump</a> from a Bush administration lawyer, hours before Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings began. </p>

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<p>The Democratic Senator huffed and puffed and blew hot air all over the chamber - claiming "this is the closest I'll get to an "<strong>I am Spartacus' moment</strong>" - adding "I am right now before your process is finished, <strong>I am going to release the email about <u>racial profiling</u> and I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate</strong>."</p>

<p>Booker's bloviating frustrated other Senators - as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked him: "How many times you going to tell us that?" </p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Dramatic moment when Booker pledges to release committee confidential documents whether Republicans agree or not and Cornyn threatens to to try to expel him from the Senate<br /><br />
"Bring it," Booker says<br /><br />
(via <a href="https://twitter.com/atrupar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@atrupar</a>)<a href="https://t.co/0WMOrUAdl5">pic.twitter.com/0WMOrUAdl5</a></p>
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1037713818514800644?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote>
<script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) admonished Booker as well, telling Booker - a 2020 <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/27/family-migration-trump-kamala-harris-cory-booker-2020-678116">Democratic hopeful</a>: "Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate," adding "This is no different from the senator deciding to release classified information. ... <strong>That is irresponsible and outrageous</strong>."</p>

<p>This was Booker's <em>moment, </em>where he would reveal Judge Kavanaugh as a conservative racist... except <strong>Booker apparently didn't read, or understand the email.</strong></p>

<p>After Booker released the emails, pundits and politicians alike rushed to digest the 12-page "bombshell" - only to discover that booker chose an incredibly stupid hill to die on.</p>

<p>In the 2002 email discussing airline security after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Kavanaugh wrote that he <strong>"generally favored" race-neutral security measures</strong>, adding that his colleagues would need to "grapple" with "the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented" in order to prevent another terrorist attack. </p>

<p>Kavanaugh wrote that the "interim question" is of "critical importance to the security of the airlines and American people in the next 6 months or so, especially given Al Qaeda’s track record of timing between terrorist incidents."</p>

<p>As the <a href="https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/cory-bookers-bombshell-kavanaugh-emails-are-a-total-dud"><em>Washington Examiner</em></a> noted Thursday, the emails were a "<strong>total dud</strong>," as they "<strong>don't show Kavanaugh cheerleading racist tactics</strong>. <strong>Quite the opposite, actually."</strong></p>

<p>As Booker considers his 2020 run for President, he might consider having competent attorneys review and translate any complicated emails with dog-whistle titles before he cuts off his nose to spite his face.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/zerohedge/feed/~4/59C47lJv2ZI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>


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