Booker, Warren likely have eye on White House 2020

Sen. Sessions questioned Loretta Lynch

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) questioned Loretta Lynch, up for Obama’s AG position, about workers who enter the country illegally. (Snip: Sessions’ Senate page)

You don’t have to look hard to find two senators, Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in the media spotlight these days.  New York’s US senator Chuck Schumer (D) is in the media a lot too, but he’s always been addicted to publicity. If ever there was a mic hound besides Arizona Republican senator John McCain, that would be Schumer.

I’m not the only one who thinks Booker and Warren are eyeing the White House for a 2020 run.

I’m not alone in thinking both senators will have to deal with some issues of their own.

Warren has a bit of egg on her face today after assailing Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who is up for the position of President Donald Trump’s attorney general. With her customary histrionics, Warren has enthusiastically accused Sessions of being a “racist.” He isn’t, and any rational human being knows it. Sessions received the NAACP’s Governmental Award of Excellence in 2009. 

Warren grabbed attention yesterday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called her out for breaking Senate rules. Warren was reading a letter from the late Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King. The letter was written in the 1980s when Ms. King opposed Sessions’ nomination to be a federal judge. Those times, by the way, were in many ways similar to these times, but many seem to forget this.

Warren took to Twitter to finish reading the letter—it’s funny she did that because she has attacked President Donald Trump for his use of Twitter to communicate directly to the American people. Based on reportage, Warren also saw a nice fundraising haul from the attention she gained. All politicians do these things to raise funds. It’s a given, but Warren is in a class of her own when it comes to attention-seeking.

Approximately three decades later, in December, 2000, Mrs. King praised Sessions for his help in launching the library and museum dedicated to another civil rights icon, Rosa Parks. A video of the dedication is posted online at C-SPAN.

It’s ironic Democrats will dig decades into a Republican’s past in an effort to smear someone as a racist. After all, the history of Dems’ party has enough blemishes regarding racism and civil rights to last us for a very long time. You’d think by now Democrats would call for one of their own, former KKK organizer Robert Byrd, to have his name removed from a slew of federal buildings. Byrd became one of the most powerful, manipulative actors in the US Senate. Dems apologized for his racist past, and Republicans rarely bring it up. Even leftwing extremists at Slate acknowledged Byrd’s his role in the KKK when the senator, who had often fallen asleep on the Senate floor, died in 2010.

Booker testified against Sessions’ nomination for Trump’s AG, citing a “moral obligation.” Whatever that means. Booker has a deep record in politics, and even left of center sites have acknowledged he was a crappy mayor. For a conservative take, you can read the Townhall article by Phil Kerpen. Booker gained his US Senate seat fairly easily because the GOP rolled over and played dead in that contest. I still can’t believe the lack of attention the state party gave to the seat Booker took.

Sessions is eminently qualified to lead as AG, and when you compare him to President Barack Obama’s first AG, Eric Holder, it’s truly remarkable Dems complain.

Keep your eye on both Booker and Warren as we march on towards 2020. Democrats have a dearth of leadership at present and there is no candidate in sight who can come close to the charisma and charm of Barack Obama. Whether the obsessive tendency to bring up racism at every turn will harm Booker or Warren is anyone’s guess. I suspect a lot of US voters are tired of the misapplication of the race card.

A major issue regarding Warren no media ever bring up is her role in Obama’s unconstitutional Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Powers granted the CFPB nullified the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution. The CFPB can spy on any American’s financial information whether a crime has been committed or not. That alone should be a millstone around Warren’s neck. Media have made little of the egregious invasion of privacy the CFPB has license to employ.

Warren’s claims about having American Indian ancestry, allegedly for self-serving purposes to gain minority advantages, will continue to be a source of ridicule.

The Republican Party might do itself a favor by tracing the history of US slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights. It would be a real eye-opener for younger voters educated in a biased arena controlled by Democrat policies and public sector unions. (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 8, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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