Seriously. Wha? Promoted by Rosi
Rush Holt ran an ad that enumerated things Holt stands for at a federal level, and states that Cory Booker doesn’t support these same things. One of these items is a carbon tax in order to reduce greenhouse gasses, and while Holt has vociferously backed the concept (as did Ronald Reagan for reducing acid rain when it was known as cap and trade), Cory Booker hasn’t taken a position.
That’s OK, I think. I’ve never though that one candidate in a race should be able to dictate what the others talk about. If Holt wants to talk carbon tax, that’s his decision. If Booker doesn’t, that’s his.
But when it comes to the reason why Booker won’t take a position on the issue you have to be a little confused.
Kevin Griffis, senior adviser and communications director for Booker’s campaign, said in an e-mail that Booker “hasn’t taken a public position on a carbon tax, which is largely a federal or state-level issue.”
So the Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, buffeted by Hurricane Sandy which is largely seen as exacerbated by climate change, who regularly travels around the country making speeches on various issues, who advocates for state and federal gun laws hasn’t commented on a carbon tax because it’s a federal or state issue?
Last I looked he’s running for federal office, so not commenting on federal issues is a little weird.
For disclosure, I’ve already voted for Holt in this election and hope he wins. He won’t. Booker will. And that’s cool. He’s got my support for the general.
But I bring up this kind of thing because the splitting hairs, mealy mouthing ducking of issues by campaign consultants and media advisers is a big thing that’s wrong with politics. If you have a position state it, and if you don’t just say you don’t.
But explaining makes you look either weak or obfuscatory to the public. When you’re a CEO that’s not a problem because your power isn’t based on public opinion but internal corporate intrigue and authority. But neither is a good thing for a politician who wants to make a difference. Politicians and elected officials gain their ability to pass laws, change the debate and get things done based on their ability to persuade the public. It’s the coin of the realm.
And I want a junior Senator who can get things done, not one who goes along to get along.