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Cory Booker Vows to Add an ‘Office of Reproductive Freedom’ if He’s Elected

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[Screenshot from MSNBC, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbEvYezR-sQ]

 

Cory “Spartacus” Booker — or “Farticus,”  if you will — has a novel idea: If he’s elected president of the United States, he wants to have an abortion office.

On Tuesday, I covered the late-term abortion positions of every 2020 Democratic candidate, and it was a striking portrait of radicalism (here). For Cory’s part, he voted awhile back to have babies who are born alive during abortion attempts killed by neglect or more aggressive means (here). And on Wednesday, perhaps trying to out-abortion his blue competitors, he announced his vision for an “office of reproductive freedom.”

As reported by Politico, Cory’s idea would involve a team of aides “coordinating reproductive health issues across all federal agencies, including access to abortion, paid leave, maternal health care and education for employees in his administration.”

That’s a lot of abortioning.

The staffers would also inform his executive orders in an attempt to find discretionary funding for reproduction-related stuff.

Additionally, Farticus is planning a real blowout — he’ll reverse two longstanding restrictions on foreign and domestic aid. Booker intends to roll back the Mexico City policy, which prohibits the subsidizing of United Nations population-control initiatives involving abortion; and he’ll repeal the Hyde Amendment, which denies abortion funding via grants.

So he wants pro-life taxpayers to be forced by the government to pay for people’s abortions? I’m callin’ rotten on that one, CFB (and yes — I know, it’s a common federal paradigm).

He also promises to make Roe v. Wade federal law.

Cory appears to believe this is all necessary, because of the attack“:

“Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are mounting a coordinated attack on abortion access and reproductive rights. A coordinated attack requires a coordinated response.”

If you didn’t catch my article Tuesday on the 2020 candidates, please check it out. When I began at RedState, I told myself I wouldn’t be writing about abortion; it wasn’t one of my areas. But my, how it’s filled the air as of late. And now the air is a bit stinkier…thanks to Farticus.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehere, and here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

Catholics Call For Pro-Abortion Cuomo’s Ex-Communication, Liken WTC’s Spire To Babies’ Death Needle

Male Lingerie Model Identifying As Female Lingerie Model Slams Victoria’s Secret For Ball-Based Bigotry

The Mouse Makes History: Disney Park Holds The Company’s First-Ever Official Gay Pride Celebration

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Booker Tweets About Protecting Our Border’s “Most Vulnerable”, Yet Refuses to Extend Protections to the Unborn

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Screen grab via Alan He’s Twitter page (CBS).

Multiple news outlets reported yesterday on the death of a Guatemalan teenager who was U.S. custody at our southern border. The Hill reported:

A Guatemalan teenager has died in U.S. custody, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed Monday.

The 16-year-old boy was apprehended and processed for illegally crossing the border near Hidalgo, Texas, on May 13, after which he was transferred to the Weslaco Station in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, according to CBP.

The incident marks the fifth death of an immigrant minor at the southern border since December.

In response to this news, presidential candidate and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) took to Twitter to express his frustration:

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with voicing your concern about this issue and demanding answers, I found Booker’s stance on “protecting the most vulnerable” interesting, considering his position on abortion:

In fact, just a few days ago – in a shameless, obvious attempt at pandering to so-called “feminists” – Booker penned an opinion piece for GQ magazine in which he urged men to step up and join the fight against the GOP’s efforts “to erode women’s reproductive rights and freedom nationwide.” Booker wrote:

But women should not have to face this fight alone.

Men, it’s on us to listen, to speak out, and to take action. Not because women are our mothers, sisters, wives or friends—but because women are people. And all people deserve to control their own bodies.

These far-right attacks on women’s rights must be understood as an attack on all of our rights. But we also need to understand who these types of bills were designed to control, dehumanize, and criminalize.

Well, he does have his virtue-signaling and talking points down pat – I’ll give him that.

But that wasn’t all. Booker let the guys know that, hey, there were advantages for men, too, when it comes to women having the “right to choose”:

For men, abortion is not something many feel the need or desire to talk about—it’s too uncomfortable. But that’s a trap—and one we need to get out of immediately. Men need to acknowledge that they benefit from abortion rights and reproductive health care, too.

Yeah, guys, abortion benefits y’all, too, because it totally means that if you and your girl have unprotected sex, you both can get off the baby hook with just a simple visit to a local abortion clinic. Progress!

Booker, like most Democrats, supports abortion on demand, including in the third-trimester up until the point of birth. Which means he’s perfectly okay with a woman aborting a vulnerable unborn child who has passed the point of viability.

So here’s Cory Booker’s question again, this time directed straight to him: Who are we if we can’t protect the most vulnerable?

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Mayor Pete vs Spartacus: Buttigieg rises as Booker fades

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Why is Pete Buttigieg getting all the attention while Cory Booker continues to slide in the polls? The two candidates have some mayoral experience to tout, as well as similar resumes, yet it is the guy from nowhere who is winning the attention of the media. Booker’s supporters are none too pleased.

Mayor Pete is a small city mayor in the midwest. Cory Booker was the Mayor of Newark before winning his Senate seat. Both men are on the younger end of the candidate a roster (Buttigieg is 37 years old, Booker is a youngish 50) that is topped by two septuagenarians. Each is a former Rhodes Scholar. Yet, it is Pete Buttigieg who is getting all the media attention.

Booker supporters are beginning to question the fairness of it all as if fairness has relevance in politics. It just sounds whiny but here we are. Is the media giving Buttigieg a boost as they did with Donald Trump in 2016? I think it’s clear that Buttigieg is still riding a flavor-of-the-month wave but he’s still not risen to the number one or number two spot in the polls, which Trump did rather quickly in 2016.

“I guess I’m a little gun-shy because I remember what happened four years ago when all of the attention was based on this guy from New York who happened to be a billionaire by the name of Donald Trump,” said state Rep. Jerry Govan, a senior legislator who serves as chairman of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

“Nobody controls who the media covers but the media,” he continued. “It’s important for them to get it right this time. If folks got a good message, that message deserves to be covered. I think the American people deserve the opportunity to hear the truth, to have a clear understanding of where people stand on the issues that they care about, and the media’s the only entity that can do that, and that’s its job.”

It’s a legitimate concern. The favoritism that was shown to Donald Trump in 2016 on cable news shows, in particular, allowed him to rise and remain at the top of that huge field of candidates. All Trump had to do was phone-in to a cable show and he was put on the air. He didn’t even have to go into the network’s studio. Mayor Pete doesn’t quite have that kind of advantage but he is benefitting from excessive coverage. Much like Trump, Buttigieg knows how to find a topic and go with the publicity. In Buttigieg’s case, he concocted a feud between himself and Vice-President Pence where none existed.

“I think Cory is just as accomplished,” said a senior Democrat in South Carolina, who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the subject. “And I’ve heard grumblings from a number of people [who have asked], ‘Why hasn’t he gotten that type of exposure?’”

Here’s the thing, though. The Democrats, the party of identity politics, have several candidates who would be “historic” picks if chosen as the party’s nominee. If chosen and elected, Booker would be the first former Mayor to be elected President but not the first black man. Julian Castro would be the first Hispanic. Mayor Pete is capitalizing on his sexuality and that, I think, is making the difference. Not to put too fine of a point on it but we’ve already had a black man from the U.S. Senate who won the presidency. America hasn’t had an openly gay president.

It must be causing second thoughts of other Democrats who are or were mayors. What if Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans) or Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), both touted as rising stars at one time or the other in Democrat politics had decided to run? You have to assume that both are asking themselves that question now. Buttigieg is more than a mayor, though.

“He’s not carrying the flag for mayors,” said Rebecca Katz, a progressive consultant who advised Cynthia Nixon in her primary campaign against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year. “Mayor is part of his qualification, [but] he’s running as a millennial, he’s running as a veteran, he’s running a historic candidacy as the first LGBTQ candidate. So there’s a lot of things that make Buttigieg special.”

Still, she said, “I think when mayors, when other elected officials look at his actual qualifications, it’s easy to see how they could look in the mirror and say, ‘Why not me?’”

To add to the Buttigieg story, he’s picking up some top campaign people. Wednesday it was announced that Obama’s former ad-maker and his firm has signed on to Mayor Pete’s campaign. Larry Grisolano is credited with helping Obama rise to the top in 2008. He’s also an alum of Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign.

Larry Grisolano and John Del Cecato of AKPD Message and Media, are joining Buttigieg’s team, Grisolano confirmed to POLITICO on Wednesday.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor’s presidential campaign is also bringing on Tyler Law, a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee national press secretary who handles communications strategy for AKPD, and pollster Katie Connolly of Benenson Strategy Group.

Grisolano, who also worked on Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign and was the director of paid media for Obama’s presidential efforts, said he had talked to numerous campaigns about the coming presidential election before settling on Buttigieg.

“I thought about a number of candidates. This is the one that ended up feeling like a right fit for the firm and a sense of what the country is looking for and what we need,” Grisolano said.

Meanwhile, polls show that Buttigieg has staying power in the top tier of candidates, though everyone is far behind Joe Biden at this point. Real Clear Politics shows him at 6.8% nationwide and Cory Booker is stuck at the bottom with 2.3%. The question remains as it has been from the beginning. Can anyone knock Joe Biden out of the top position?

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Mayor Pete vs Spartacus: Buttigieg rises as Booker fades

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Why is Pete Buttigieg getting all the attention while Cory Booker continues to slide in the polls? The two candidates have some mayoral experience to tout, as well as similar resumes, yet it is the guy from nowhere who is winning the attention of the media. Booker’s supporters are none too pleased.

Mayor Pete is a small city mayor in the midwest. Cory Booker was the Mayor of Newark before winning his Senate seat. Both men are on the younger end of the candidate a roster (Buttigieg is 37 years old, Booker is a youngish 50) that is topped by two septuagenarians. Each is a former Rhodes Scholar. Yet, it is Pete Buttigieg who is getting all the media attention.

Booker supporters are beginning to question the fairness of it all as if fairness has relevance in politics. It just sounds whiny but here we are. Is the media giving Buttigieg a boost as they did with Donald Trump in 2016? I think it’s clear that Buttigieg is still riding a flavor-of-the-month wave but he’s still not risen to the number one or number two spot in the polls, which Trump did rather quickly in 2016.

“I guess I’m a little gun-shy because I remember what happened four years ago when all of the attention was based on this guy from New York who happened to be a billionaire by the name of Donald Trump,” said state Rep. Jerry Govan, a senior legislator who serves as chairman of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

“Nobody controls who the media covers but the media,” he continued. “It’s important for them to get it right this time. If folks got a good message, that message deserves to be covered. I think the American people deserve the opportunity to hear the truth, to have a clear understanding of where people stand on the issues that they care about, and the media’s the only entity that can do that, and that’s its job.”

It’s a legitimate concern. The favoritism that was shown to Donald Trump in 2016 on cable news shows, in particular, allowed him to rise and remain at the top of that huge field of candidates. All Trump had to do was phone-in to a cable show and he was put on the air. He didn’t even have to go into the network’s studio. Mayor Pete doesn’t quite have that kind of advantage but he is benefitting from excessive coverage. Much like Trump, Buttigieg knows how to find a topic and go with the publicity. In Buttigieg’s case, he concocted a feud between himself and Vice-President Pence where none existed.

“I think Cory is just as accomplished,” said a senior Democrat in South Carolina, who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the subject. “And I’ve heard grumblings from a number of people [who have asked], ‘Why hasn’t he gotten that type of exposure?’”

Here’s the thing, though. The Democrats, the party of identity politics, have several candidates who would be “historic” picks if chosen as the party’s nominee. If chosen and elected, Booker would be the first former Mayor to be elected President but not the first black man. Julian Castro would be the first Hispanic. Mayor Pete is capitalizing on his sexuality and that, I think, is making the difference. Not to put too fine of a point on it but we’ve already had a black man from the U.S. Senate who won the presidency. America hasn’t had an openly gay president.

It must be causing second thoughts of other Democrats who are or were mayors. What if Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans) or Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), both touted as rising stars at one time or the other in Democrat politics had decided to run? You have to assume that both are asking themselves that question now. Buttigieg is more than a mayor, though.

“He’s not carrying the flag for mayors,” said Rebecca Katz, a progressive consultant who advised Cynthia Nixon in her primary campaign against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year. “Mayor is part of his qualification, [but] he’s running as a millennial, he’s running as a veteran, he’s running a historic candidacy as the first LGBTQ candidate. So there’s a lot of things that make Buttigieg special.”

Still, she said, “I think when mayors, when other elected officials look at his actual qualifications, it’s easy to see how they could look in the mirror and say, ‘Why not me?’”

To add to the Buttigieg story, he’s picking up some top campaign people. Wednesday it was announced that Obama’s former ad-maker and his firm has signed on to Mayor Pete’s campaign. Larry Grisolano is credited with helping Obama rise to the top in 2008. He’s also an alum of Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign.

Larry Grisolano and John Del Cecato of AKPD Message and Media, are joining Buttigieg’s team, Grisolano confirmed to POLITICO on Wednesday.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor’s presidential campaign is also bringing on Tyler Law, a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee national press secretary who handles communications strategy for AKPD, and pollster Katie Connolly of Benenson Strategy Group.

Grisolano, who also worked on Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign and was the director of paid media for Obama’s presidential efforts, said he had talked to numerous campaigns about the coming presidential election before settling on Buttigieg.

“I thought about a number of candidates. This is the one that ended up feeling like a right fit for the firm and a sense of what the country is looking for and what we need,” Grisolano said.

Meanwhile, polls show that Buttigieg has staying power in the top tier of candidates, though everyone is far behind Joe Biden at this point. Real Clear Politics shows him at 6.8% nationwide and Cory Booker is stuck at the bottom with 2.3%. The question remains as it has been from the beginning. Can anyone knock Joe Biden out of the top position?

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Harris: My gun grabbing will not be beat!

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The competition for the Democratic presidential nomination might not be heating up in terms of electoral prospects, but it certainly is getting hotter in terms of gun-control hysterics. After Cory Booker rolled out his proposals for ignoring the Second Amendment, Kamala Harris followed up with her proposals to ignore Congress and the voters. Harris will promise to block importation of “AR-15-style assault rifles” by executive order if elected president, according to her campaign:

Kamala Harris’ unilateral crackdown on guns is expanding.

At a presidential campaign event Wednesday in New Hampshire, Harris will pledge to take executive action banning the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons — a move that comes just three weeks after the California Democrat rolled out her sweeping gun-control proposal. …

Harris wants to ban AR-15-style assault weapon imports and suspend all other assault weapon imports until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can analyze whether they should be permanently banned under U.S. law. Her campaign argues the weapons could be banned because they aren’t “suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” This includes all 44 AR-type models listed in the latest assault weapons ban that was introduced in Congress.

Harris has said she will also work to make gun trafficking a federal crime, ban high-capacity magazines and bar those convicted of a federal hate crime from buying guns.

The order banning the importation of “AR-15-style” firearms might end up being a boost for … the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. That firearm is made in the US by Colt. Even during the ten-year so-called “assault weapons ban,” Colt continued to sell modified versions of its original AR-15 design, and the absence of foreign competitors for this very popular category of carbines will be a boon for Colt.

Charles C.W. Cooke wonders if Harris has gone Trumpian in her protectionism (via Twitchy):

Make American Gun Manufacturers Awesome (MAGMA®)!

The difference between Harris and Booker on gun control is worth exploring. Booker assumes that gun control is so popular that he would be able to work with Congress to pass his licensing scheme. Harris apparently has a more jaundiced idea of what Congress would produce. Perhaps that’s because the latest version of a ban on weapons based on an ambiguous definition as an “assault weapon” is dying on the vine in the Senate. Maybe it’s because the previous version didn’t have any impact at all on firearms deaths, which overwhelmingly come from handguns and not rifles.

Regardless, at least Booker’s promising to govern. Harris is promising to rule, and that’s a distinction that American voters should note with a lot of caution. That impulse is not limited to one side of the aisle, but it’s certainly gaining a lot of momentum on the Left. In fact, it’s starting to be the competitive distinction between the second-tier candidates in the Democratic primary.

That matters because unless Politico got this part wrong, Harris simply can’t do most of this by executive order:

That involves signing executive orders requiring near-universal background checks on gun sales, closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” reversing the Trump administration’s move to allow fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants to buy guns, and repealing a law that prevents victims from holding gun-makers and firearms dealers liable for their losses.

The only part of this that can be touched by EO is reversing Trump’s order on fugitives. To put it mildly, presidents can’t repeal statutes by edict, something that one would expect a former state attorney general to know. At NRO, Robert Verbruggen is aghast, and skeptical that courts would allow Harris to get away with even any regulatory flexibility on an explicitly enumerated constitutional right:

That sounds like a recipe for a long court battle too, especially given rumors that the current Supreme Court is going to be less willing to let executive agencies stretch the meanings of the statutes they enforce. Semiautomatic “assault weapons” are functionally similar to semiautomatic hunting rifles and are absolutely suitable for “sporting purposes,” including target shooting and even hunting.

I suspect the reporting might be wrong here — and heaven help us if it’s not — but Politico further claims that Harris’s executive orders would include “repealing a law that prevents victims from holding gun-makers and firearms dealers liable for their losses.” Needless to say, one cannot “repeal[] a law” with an executive order.

The best possible version of this is that Harris is simply blowing smoke in order to make Booker look incremental. To anyone with a modicum of knowledge on these subjects, Harris is only making Booker look incrementally less ignorant, at best. At worst, Harris is making herself look much more tyrannical, and perhaps not incrementally either.

Meanwhile, maybe Harris can use this as a slogan from someone else who had dreams of global rule:

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Tough Guy: Cory Booker Uses Expletive When Describing His Opinion on “Thoughts and Prayers”

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Screen grab via CNN/Axe Files.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) wants you to know that the difference between him and other 2020 presidential candidates is that he will be the one to effectively tackle gun violence.

That and, as a “man of faith’ he views the offer of thoughts and prayers after mass shooting tragedies as nothing more than “bull sh*t.”

CNN reports on remarks Booker made on Saturday night’s “The Axe Files” with David Axelrod:

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker says he’s fed up with inaction on gun reform after mass shootings, calling the oft-repeated refrain of politicians who offer “thoughts and prayers” to victims “just bullsh**.”

“When I’m President of the United States, I’m taking a fight to this issue like folks have never seen before, because we’re better than this is a country. It’s a uniquely American problem. No other country has this kind of carnage,” Booker said to David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN. “We are not going to give thoughts and prayers, which to me is just bullsh**. And I’m sorry to say it as a man of faith, but I was taught that faith without works is dead.”

Watch video of his remarks below:

There are a few things wrong with his statement but I’m going to focus on just a couple of them:

1) Offering thoughts and prayers after senseless tragedies – like the one that happened in my home city of Charlotte a couple of weeks ago where two UNCC students were killed and four more injured – is notempty words” and “bull sh*t.”

Thoughts and prayers provide an immeasurable feeling of comfort and peace and – for some – answers in the aftermath of tragedy and loss. In the days after the UNCC gunman stormed the Kennedy building at the university, prayer vigils and prayer walks were held on campus. Individually, students held hands, hugged each other, and prayed together.

People all across the city and state – and the nation – offered their thoughts and prayers for Charlotte in the aftermath. As a person of faith myself who was in so much shock after it happened, it provided me comfort and solace as I began the grieving and healing processes.

Any person of faith who has read and studied the Bible knows better than to say that offering up thoughts and prayers is meaningless. It’s a shame Sen. Booker has decided to play “who is the truuuue person of faith” game but he’s on the campaign trail, so I guess that’s to be expected. Shame.

2) Booker’s invocation of “faith without works” is insulting, as it insinuates one of two things: a) that people of faith who offer thoughts and prayers either have no solution in response to gun tragedies, or b) that people of faith who disagree with Booker and other Democrats on how to address gun violence in schools, the workplace, etc. are not operating from a position of good faith.

As I wrote in my column last week for North State Journal, it shouldn’t be that way, but it is:

What [Democrats] don’t understand as that in the aftermath, defenders of gun rights grieve, too. They assess what happened and think over and over again of ways the shooting might have been stopped, or the victim count contained to a minimum. They have their own solutions in mind, but few people want to listen.

Some gun rights proponents have been victims of school shootings themselves. Or have loved ones who were. They, too, think we could do more to prevent them in the future. But few people are willing to listen, because their solutions don’t fit the narrative.

No “side” wants to see more school shooting victims. All “sides” want students to feel safe at school. These are common goals. But how to get there is the source of intense debate.

In reality, the only “bull sh*t” on display here is Booker’s phony one-upmanshipping – when it comes to demeaning pro-Second Amendment people of faith by questioning their commitment to comforting their communities in times of tragedy, and the ways they seek to prevent future tragedies.

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Runaway? Biden leads by 31 in new poll of South Carolina

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Two mysteries right now in the early-early Democratic race.

1. Can Warren dislodge Bernie as the Great Progressive Hope via a barrage of big bold policy plans?
2. Can the white VP to the first black president top black candidates like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and potentially Stacey Abrams among black voters?

Lotta suspense around the first question at the moment, not so much around the second. Charleston’s Post and Courier has it Biden 46, Bernie 15, Harris 10 in its home state of South Carolina, where black voters made up 61 percent of the electorate in the 2016 Democratic primary. That’s a 14-point bounce for Biden since last month. How’s he doing it? Electability, mainly.

It also doesn’t hurt that Biden has a reputation as a moderate in a state where Democrats can run more conservative than other parts of the country, Furman University political scientist Danielle Vinson said…

Nearly nine out of 10 of those polled believe Biden has the best chance to topple Trump. Sanders was the only other candidate to win support from a majority of those polled. Harris and Warren were each considered potential Trump-beaters by about one-third of voters.

“Voters figure, ‘We know a white man can win the presidency,’” Vinson said. “Biden seems to be the safe choice.”

It’s not Bernie’s or Harris’s voters who are being stolen by Biden. Their numbers are steady, if weak. It’s Beto O’Rourke who’s in freefall, dropping from nine percent to two — tying him with ultra-longshot Andrew Yang. Maybe Beto was momentarily occupying the niche of “blandly electable moderate-ish white guy” until Uncle Joe bounced him out of it. Interestingly, Abrams has fallen nearly as much as O’Rourke, declining from seven percent as a hypothetical entrant into the race to one percent now. A sign that she’s overrated as a candidate or of something else? Hold that thought, we’ll come back to it.

This isn’t the only poll this week of an early southern state showing Biden zooming ahead thanks to support from black voters. One survey of Florida has him up 39/16 over Sanders there, with 46 percent of black primary voters in his camp and 85 percent rating him favorably. Harris and Booker are essentially nonfactors among the group even though, according to the pollster, they have 80 percent name recognition. It’s not that black Democrats in Florida don’t know them, in other words. They’ve heard of them. They just prefer Biden.

Politico has a well-timed story today about black members of Congress getting excited about a Biden/Harris “dream ticket.” That *is* highly likely to be the ticket if Biden’s the nominee, I think; it covers his bases on diversity and Harris’s credentials as a U.S. senator and former state AG will be more impressive to voters than Abrams’s history as a state rep.

“But for the fact that we have two of our own who are both quite capable of being president, I’d say probably a lot of the members [of the Congressional Black Caucus] would’ve already announced for Biden,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)…

“I said a few weeks ago that if [Biden] were to get in, everybody else would be running for second place. I said that over a month ago. And he got in, and the polls said everyone else is running for second place,” [James] Clyburn said in an interview…

“The data are clear that he has strong support among African Americans,” Clyburn said. “It’s just that simple. He’s had that for a long, long time, and he’s kept it steady so far.”

It would be a coup for Biden to land some endorsements from members of the CBC. I think most will stay neutral, not wanting to be seen as preferring a white candidate to Harris, Booker, or Abrams, but Biden can live with that so long as the general message emanating from the caucus is that it’s not an act of betrayal for a black voter to choose him over the others. Warm words from the CBC will also help him survive the beating he’s going to take from Harris and others over his role in enacting Congress’s crime bill of 25 years ago. That’s the issue with the greatest potential to drive a wedge between him and black voters — although even if Biden gets no help from Clyburn, Cleaver, or others on it, he can always remind people that his record on the bill obviously didn’t bother Barack Obama so much as to disqualify him from the VP hunt.

Right now he’s the only candidate in the race who seems to appeal to more than one “niche.” Not only is he cleaning up with black voters, he consistently does well with older whites and has lots of support among whites without a college degree. That was famously Bernie Sanders’s base in 2016 against Hillary, seemingly a sign that populist socialism was more viable among downscale left-leaning whites than any of the smart set believed. Biden’s leading with them now, though, despite the fact that he’s conspicuously more centrist on policy than Sanders is. Harry Enten argued a few days ago that working-class white support for Biden is one of the chief reasons that Sanders’s numbers have fallen in poll after poll since Biden got in. (Bernie’s numbers against Biden are actually better with highly educated whites than less-educated ones.) Apparently lots of blue-collar white Democrats prefer Uncle Joe to Sanders, even if that means postponing the socialist revolution.

But let’s come back to Stacey Abrams’s decline in South Carolina, which I noted above. Did she lose six points because her voters decided they liked Biden better, or did she lose six points because she’s been mostly off the radar for the past few weeks while Biden’s launch has dominated the news? What would happen if Abrams, who’s well known in neighboring Georgia, declared her presidential candidacy tomorrow? Before you answer, look back to the polls of the 2008 Democratic primary in South Carolina between Hillary and Obama. Hillary led consistently, sometimes by wide margins, throughout 2007. But once South Carolinians started paying closer attention to the race — and once black voters there began to believe that Obama really did stand a chance nationally — he blew past her. Between December 2007 and January 2008, he went from trailing narrowly to leading by double digits. He ended up winning by nearly 30 points.

Point being, if Abrams jumped in, galvanized voters, and proved in Iowa and New Hampshire that she was a top-tier contender with national strength, South Carolina’s Democratic voters could shift seismically, and very rapidly, from Biden to her. Same goes for Harris, I guess, although her launch has been sufficiently underwhelming that she’s now trying to “reset” her candidacy as a Trump attack dog and can’t seem to decide whether to play for progressives or centrists. Either way, though, no matter how big Biden’s lead in SC gets, it’s no sure thing. Ask Hillary.

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Gillbrand’s gun control plan is kind of different (but not much)

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One by one, the Democratic 2020 candidates have been submitting their various policy proposals to their primary voters for consideration. This includes their plans for how they intend to infringe on the rights of gun owners. Oh, I’m sorry… we’re supposed to say “gun violence prevention and common sense gun safety regulations.” The latest entry in this derby is New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. During a stop in New Hampshire, she was asked by a reporter if she supported Cory Booker’s proposal to create a national gun registry. (He calls it “a federal firearm licensing system,” but let’s face it… it’s a gun registry.)

Somewhat surprisingly, Gillibrand passed on the gun registry. But before anyone could accuse her of going back to her younger days when she had an A rating from the NRA, she unleashed a batch of other gun control proposals to maintain her far left credibility. (Washington Examiner)

“No, I think there is a better approach,” Gillibrand told the Washington Examiner at a campaign stop in Warner, N.H., on Saturday, when asked about a plan proposed by primary rival Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

“To end gun violence, I would do three things,” she said. “I would, No. 1, pass universal background checks, which are common sense and supported by 70% of America.”

Her second move would be a federal law against trafficking guns. “Because for cities like Newark, N.J., and cities like New York City, the guns are trafficked from out of state into the hands of criminals. And those networks aren’t even a federal crime,” she said.

“And third, I would ban the bump stocks, the large magazines, and the military-style assault weapons.”

Is she disagreeing with Booker because she recognizes that a federal gun registry is a bridge too far for most anyone or just because she doesn’t want to be seen as copying Booker’s platform? Tough call, but aside from that her plans do sound like pretty much the rest of the field. Ban scary looking rifles, shrink the capacity of magazines and make background checks more tedious. Like the rest of her competitors, she ignores the fact that the vast majority of criminals don’t buy their guns legally and don’t submit to background checks. And AR-15s are only used in a comparative handful of violent crimes every year.

Her gun trafficking suggestion is an interesting one. I’m pretty sure even the majority of Second Amendment supporters don’t want to see people illegally trafficking in firearms. But is that actually legal in any state of the nation? I can’t find an example. So if she wants a federal law against it, I suppose she’s trying to make gun trafficking even more illegal. You go, girl.

Getting off the subject of gun control, Gillibrand went on to continue bragging about her ability to “win in a red district.” (Her old upstate New York district was and still remains pretty much on the purple to red side.) I don’t understand how she sees this as a selling point in a liberal primary. As we’ve pointed out here before, she didn’t win that seat by persuading conservative voters to agree to liberal policies. She won by being even more conservative than the Republican she was running against.

None of this sounds like it’s going to suddenly boost her prospects in the primary. Perhaps that’s why the most recent polling average has her at 0.6 percent. Holy smokes… that’s not even above the background noise level.

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Booker’s gun control plan would be the worst if he could define it

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Ed took a look at this story yesterday, but I wanted to rant a bit about it myself. When Cory Booker showed up for an interview on CNN this week he was asked about his version of a gun control program. The hosts wanted to know if he supported a mandatory gun “buy-back” program like the one Eric Swalwell is proposing. (Spoiler Alert: You can’t “buy back” something you never sold in the first place. This is a bogus description of gun confiscation.) In a dizzying display of dodging, Booker managed to deny that he was supporting certain aspects of gun control laws and bans, while clearly indicating that he was actually in favor of them. (Daily Caller)

During an appearance on CNN Monday morning, Booker was asked if he supported a gun buy-back proposal like the one offered by Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a long-shot presidential candidate. Booker did not endorse the proposal but said that America needs to get “weapons of war” off the streets.

Booker also refused to say whether he would prosecute those who refused to comply with a gun buyback.

“We should have a law that bans these weapons and we should have a reasonable period in which people can turn in these weapons,” Booker said.

So he refused to say whether or not he was onboard with Swalwell’s plan, but then turned around and essentially repeated it. He’s talking about a ban on “assault rifles” such as the AR-15 and not even including a provision to grandfather the people who have already purchased them legally. But since he had to find a way to one-up his competitors, Booker also suggested that everyone seeking to purchase a firearm should first sit down with a government agent for an “interview.”

How would that work? Are we going to put BATF agents in every gun shop in the country? Or would he have prospective gun buyers go to a federal government office for this “interview” prior to being issued a permit to purchase any type of weapon? We don’t know because Booker wouldn’t offer any specifics. Frankly, it just sounds like the Senator is just talking through his hat here.

Even the CNN hosts seemed a bit taken aback and Booker began to sound annoyed at all the questions he was getting. That’s when he tried to wave all of these proposals off as nothing out of the ordinary. Here’s the money quote.

“Let’s not exaggerate what this is,” Booker said. “This is actually really simple. We do it for passports, we do it for TSA pre-check, we do it for people that are driving cars.”

That’s a crock of horse hockey. I’ve had to renew my passport multiple times over the years and not once has anyone asked to interview me. Somebody looks at your ID documents, makes sure your forms are filled out correctly, snaps a picture of you and you leave. There is no interview. I had my TSA-precheck application finished online and never spoke to a single human being. And nobody at the DMV is “interviewing” people when they apply for a driver’s license.

All of this word salad adds up to a portrait of a candidate who wants you to know he’s all in favor of harsh gun control laws and confiscation policies. He’s just not ready to commit any specific policy points. Here’s the video of the segment so you can judge for yourself.

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Cory Booker’s New Gun Control Plan Is as Absolutely Insane as You’d Expect

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Cory Booker’s campaign is DOA but it’s still fun to watch him flail around, desperately seeking attention.

That’s basically what his new gun control proposal is. It’s chum in the liberal waters. It’s also patently insane and unconstitutional.

Ambitious is liberal code for dumb and completely unworkable, but like a five year old painting with his hands, what really matters is that he tried.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) sums up his ambitious new gun control plan in one sentence: “If you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to own a gun.”

On Monday, Booker unveiled his proposal to tackle America’s gun problem as part of his bid for the presidency, detailing a plan that sets a high bar for the rest of the Democratic field.

You see Cory, cars are not a constitutionally protected right. There’s also no federal license to drive a car.

Booker’s proposal would require people to obtain a license to purchase and own a gun. To obtain a license, people would go to designated outposts — similar to the passport system — to get a federal license, administered by the FBI. Applicants would need to pay a fee; submit paperwork, a photo, and fingerprints; sit for an interview; pass a comprehensive background check; and go through gun safety training to get a gun. The license would be valid for five years, although it could be rescinded if someone breaks the law or otherwise proves to be a danger.

This is called unconstitutional, no matter how much good research Vox thinks is behind it. The entire point of the Bill of Rights is to say what the Federal government can’t do. They can not require licensing to exercise inalienable rights, nor can they force you to be subjected to an interview process where Cory Booker gets to decide who does and doesn’t get to own a firearm. They also can not charge you a fee to use your rights. The rest of the stuff is equally nonsensical, i.e. the idea that you’d have to pass a gun safety course, giving the Federal government yet another arm of control.

The sheer amount of craziness in this proposal is hard to grasp.

Speaking of which, when asked whether he’d jail citizens who refuse to comply with his tyrannical proposal, Booker won’t say (spoiler: he would).

Democrats need to let this go. You are never going to peaceably disarm masses of Americans by restricting their constitutional right to bear arms. Attempting such would lead chaos and possibly bloodshed. It’s not worth it. Especially when gun violence continues to decrease despite the manufactured crisis narrative we see in the media. Mass shootings are incredibly rare, which is why when one happens, it gets a week of news coverage. Most other gun violence is centered around illegal guns in inner cities, i.e. gangs, drug cartels, etc.

Taking guns from law abiding citizens is not going to solve any of that. In fact, it’s Democrats who oppose common sense ways to get illegal guns off the street via techniques like stop and frisk. This isn’t about actually solving a problem. It’s about politics and Cory Booker getting to virtue signal. Luckily, he’s not going to get anywhere near the Presidency so he can continue to enjoy being irrelevant in the Senate.

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