August 06, 2013


What Kind of Senator Would Cory Booker Be?

First Read: "Our educated guess - he would be a disruptor, in ways that could be interpreted as both good and bad, depending on your view of the U.S. Senate. You would see him partner with someone like Rand Paul on legislation; you would see him alienate some of the old bulls, both Democrats and Republicans (just like he alienated Lautenberg when he started to eye the seat before the incumbent said he wouldn't run for re-election); and you would see him become the first true social-media senator (with his 1.4 million Twitter followers). So you could have a disruptive force in one of the government's most orderly and decorous bodies. That could produce some interesting results and stories and surprising rivalries and surprising bedfellows."

"The way Ted Cruz has lit up the right in his first 9 months, don't be surprised if Booker becomes a liberal counterweight to Cruz. He's unlikely to pursue the strategy that Hillary, Franken and Elizabeth Warren have all pursued or are pursuing and that is to keep a low profile in his first term. That's not how Booker ticks."










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