Cory Booker likes to put on a good show when he’s on the stage for the debates. He’s also not opposed to taking the occasional shot at some of his fellow Dems who are running in the 2020 primaries. However, he’s still only polling at two percent.
His Initial Campaign
Cory Booker has been told that he’s “too nice.” While most people would see that as a good thing, it’s not exactly the approach that most politicians are taking in today’s world. For further proof of that, just follow AOC for a few minutes on Twitter.
The New Jersey Democrat built his presidential campaign on being the nice guy. He wanted to be the one that America fell in love with. However, it hasn’t helped him in his polls. If he wants to beat out some of the frontrunners like Biden and Warren, he has to up his game.
He has decided to make a switch, taking on a more “tough love” approach with his campaign in an effort to make up some ground.
The Gloves are Off
Booker told Seth Meyers that he feels like “punching” the president on occasion. Well, this is certainly not the friendly, loving Booker that we have seen in the past. He has also decided to take some more aggressive shots at Biden, who is still the leader of the Dem presidential circus for 2020.
His tweet, referencing Biden but not actually calling him out by name, talks about Biden creating a system over the last 40 years that is broken. He says, “We’ll dismantle it.” Booker’s main issue with Biden is that he’s been part of the political scene for decades and nothing ever helped America, so why should he become the president.
By not naming Biden, however, it seems that Booker doesn’t really know how to give tough love. Unless someone is really dialed into politics, they’re not going to have any idea who in the world he’s talking about. It could be any number of his Democratic brethren, ranging from Sanders to Warren. All of them have had political careers to span multiple decades.
He Needs the Momentum
The reason that Biden and Sanders are doing so well in the polls right now is that they’re the people that American Democrats have heard of. Kamala Harris is gaining some ground because she’s made enough hits at Biden that it’s earned her a share of the limelight. However, Booker is only sitting at two percent of the polls. If he can’t manage to increase his numbers in the polls, he may as well bow out politely and let the heavy hitters fight until the bloody end.
He has another chance to get the momentum going with the debates happening at the end of the month. If he can really get in there and question some of the other frontrunners, he has a chance to make a name for himself. Now that he’s got his tough love game on, it might be enough – at least to raise him a few more points in the polls.
Booker sees the role of president to be one of healing the country from unjust policies as well as decades of racism. Booker explains that in order to make this happen, it means investing in the communities, overhauling policies, and legalizing marijuana. Biden’s plan doesn’t do that, as Booker is quick to point out.
The Next Debate
What’s really going to be interesting is the end of the month debate, with Harris, Booker, and Biden all sharing the stage. Booker needs to make sure that he gets out in front of Harris to poke flaws at Biden. If he’s not able to drop his nice guy act long enough, he’s going to drop in the polls while giving any growth he’s made right over to Harris. Harris will graciously accept it, too, because she’s learned how to be vicious and relentless in the debates. It’s because of her aggressiveness that Dems have perked up in order to hear what she has to say.
Booker may be black and going up against decades of racism, but Harris has, too. They’ll fight over who has been a victim the most.
Tough love might not work for Booker because the Dems don’t know how to love, tough or otherwise. They’re vicious Chihuahuas that grab onto the pants’ leg of America, waiting to hear the sound of the fabric rip. Booker’s likely not cut out for it because he’s too much of a nice guy.