I know I predicted that the Democrats would field a presidential ticket of Cory Booker/Kamala Harris in 2020 to take on Trump/Pence, but I may have to revisit that before long. Unless someone gets to Booker and tells him he desperately needs to stop acting like he’s always doing an impression of Keegan-Michael Key doing an impression of Cory Booker, there’s no way this guy can get the nomination. It’s too comical. It’s too silly. All the time.
Take the recent desperate performance Booker gave at the confirmation hearings of Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo. Following his hilarious “THIS IS MY ANGRY FACE” routine where he seethed Hollywood-esque venom at DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen, Booker really needed a strong comeback.
Instead, he once again looked like he was reading all the lines from “Great Interrogation Lines for Dummies” in the persona of Brick Tamland of Anchorman: “LOUD NOISES, LOUD NOISES!”
It was discomforting to say the least. At one point he thought he had Pompeo on the ropes. Leaning in to his microphone, Booker asked Pompeo about a speech he gave in 2015 where he quoted a prayer from a Christian minister:
“’America had worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.’
"Those are your words," Booker said to Pompeo. "Is being gay a perversion?"
Pompeo replied by stating he had a "clear view" on whether gay marriage was "appropriate" while he was a politician in Kansas, and that he stands by those views today.
Booker continued to press Pompeo, saying he knows same-sex couples within the State Department who were married under Pompeo's leadership.
"You do not believe that should be allowed?" Booker said.
Pompeo answered by saying he treats gay couples who work at the CIA with "the exact same set of rights" as anyone else.
Booker concluded what he surely thought was a triumphant performance by declaring that Pompeo’s beliefs don’t reflect the nation’s values. And that’s the type of impassioned misstep that has me rethinking whether this guy can actually get the Democrat nomination. It’s an unforced error caused by a self-congratulatory confidence that allows you to get carried away in the moment and shove your foot in your mouth.
Booker, who attended an Episcopal church growing up but doesn’t ever have much to say on faith besides that he believes in God, just managed to announce that orthodox Christianity doesn’t reflect the nation’s values. Oof.
It may not be politically correct or cultured in the circles that Booker runs in, but Scripture is straight forward and unequivocal on the question of whether homosexual romantic and sexual conduct is a perversion of God’s will for human sexuality. It is. That doesn’t mean those of us who submit to God’s authority hate someone who commits the act any more than it means that we hate ourselves for perverting God’s will for human sexuality when we lust or commit adultery.
The fact that such a distinction is lost on Booker (and so many on the left) is an indication of a bigotry towards Christians that is born of ignorance and fueled by utter disinterest in understanding those who subscribe to the faith. There may come a time (perhaps sooner than later) that such bigotry is mainstreamed to the point of it being electorally beneficial to harbor it.
But I don’t think we’re there yet. And so if Booker wants to fulfill my prediction in 2020, he’s going to have to tone it down a notch. I just don’t know that I think he can.