It’s hard to find winners among the Rep. Tulsi Gabbard/Sec. Hillary Clinton dustup, but New Jersey’s very own Cory Booker, struggling to find footing and meaning in his own bid for the Democratic nod, might have had his best campaign moment to date.
Gabbard took to Twitter yesterday to fire back at Clinton, who on Wednesday told David Plouffe on his “Campaign HQ” podcast that Gabbard was being groomed by the Republicans/Russians as a third party spoiler candidate.
“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”
I thought it was funny, pointless trolling on Clinton’s part. But Gabbard, clearly in need of a foil and got one, offered a Twitter response that was nothing short of head-scratchingly epic:
Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.
Booker had his best campaign moment, offering this in response:
Sen. Booker, who was endorsed by New Jersey Democratic leadership back in February in a show of solidarity, hasn’t been able to move the needle much this campaign season. People agree that he’s been a good performer, but hasn’t been able to compel a primary electorate that is dominated by the urgency of now. This won’t be the thing that moves his polls, but, hey, it was his best campaign moment so far.
If Booker, for whatever reason, decides to stay in the race through June 2020, he will presumably get the Democratic line statewide. That means that other prominent candidates will have to run off-line, amassing candidates at every level. Even if Booker is not in the running, a primary featuring, say, Biden, Sanders, Warren, and Buttigieg will give voters—and candidates—a choice on the wing of the party with which they want to identify.