Axelrod: Cory Booker’s Flair for the Dramatic Can Go ‘A Bit Too Far’ Axelrod: Cory Booker’s Flair for the Dramatic Can Go ‘A Bit Too Far’ – NTK Network

Axelrod: Cory Booker’s Flair for the Dramatic Can Go ‘A Bit Too Far’

The New Jersey senator “sacrifices a sense of authenticity” for “performance,” according to the former Obama adviser.

By NTK Staff | 05.08.2018 @2:00pm
Axelrod: Cory Booker’s Flair for the Dramatic Can Go ‘A Bit Too Far’

David Axelrod, podcast host and former adviser to President Obama, called Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) an “exceptional political talent,” but he also criticized the junior senator from the Garden State in a new interview from Yahoo! News.

Asked about Booker’s future, David Axelrod, the veteran Democratic strategist and former top adviser to President Obama, sees Booker as an “exceptional political talent” who is a real potential 2020 contender.

“I think he is a brilliant guy; big-time personality, interesting thinker, and an at times spellbinding presenter and … obviously, a really good story. So, I take him seriously,” Axelrod said.

Axelrod currently leads the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. He recently hosted Booker there, and the strategist left with the impression that Booker’s flair for the dramatic can sometimes go “a bit too far” and reach a place where the senator “sacrifices a sense of authenticity” for “performance.”

Other political observers agreed. Van Parish, who served as Booker’s campaign manager on his first mayoral campaign in Newark, said Booker’s rhetoric could be an unnecessary “challenge” for his presidential hopes.

“I would say he’s for real,” Parish said. “What people are going to be skeptical about is, Where is the proof in the pudding? What has he done? Where is the manifestation of all of the rainbows and unicorns? He’s so good talking about the challenges that we face, but what has he done?”

Booker defended his political career, telling Yahoo! News his record “speaks for itself.”

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