Booker’s whole career has been a testament to a poisonous financial-corporatist consensus, which dresses up the interests of big money in post-ideological garb.
And Rosenberg links to videos of “Booker himself groveling for dollars at AIPAC.” At that link, Booker fawns over Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Max Blumenthal reported on his 2008 performance earlier this year:
Booker waxed nostalgic about his first trip to Israel, arranged by Boteach when he was 22-years old. “Only when I saw Israel did it really become a part of my being and did I understand that the nation’s security really is about land,” Booker told the AIPAC crowd. After visiting the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and hearing from his guide about the danger of Syrian missiles raining down on Israeli cities, he concluded, “We cannot allow the valley to be saturated with the blood of Jews.”
I am a regular visitor to, and champion of, the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, where I visited just last week, even as President Obama’s administration has voiced opposition to Israeli settlement.
You’d think that going against the Obama administration on such a key policy provision would make you political roadkill. Especially if you are a failed Republican congressional candidate in New Jersey who is friends of Sheldon Adelson, who spent millions to take Obama down. But the lobby is above party; and Power needed Boteach to get the U.N. ambassadorship. When Obama was suffering in the Jewish community in 2011, Power sought Boteach out and later cried in front of Jewish leaders at his behest as they went on about Israel. After she had her cakewalk Senate hearing, she did a pubcrawl with Boteach. Well… Cory Booker got there first. And that’s how the lobby works: it summons rising politicians and gets them in the fold.