Is it a crime to confess to a crime that is not a crime?

Just when you thought politics could not get any nuttier enter Senator Cory Booker, from New Jersey, to prove you wrong.

During the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this past week, Senator Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a spectacle of himself by claiming he was going to release confidential documents from the committee about Kavanaugh in defiance of Senate rules.

The punishment for such an action – if it were real – is expulsion from the senate.  During his grandstand moment, Senator Booker gleefully compared his act as his “Spartacus moment” and dared senate members to punish him.  It was great theater.

And much like all theater, it wasn’t real.  Senator Booker received permission to release the documents he claimed were confidential hours before his stunt.  It was clearly a way for Senator Booker to raise his profile as he prepares to be a presidential candidate in 2020.  I guess he can always choose Colin Kapernick as a running mate.

Or, maybe he figured he’d get an endorsement deal from Nike if he actually did get thrown out of the Senate.  All he did was prove what a sad, pathetic man he is and may have created a new disease for the terminally inconsequential – Attention Desperation Syndrome.

It’s one thing to jeopardize your job for real and quite another to pretend your jeopardizing your job while safe and secure.  Maybe he learned the best way to lie while flying with Hillary Clinton on that helicopter when she was taking fire?

He should have thought twice about the idea.  Not protecting classified documents certainly didn’t help Clinton get elected.

Senator Booker continued insisting he broke the law this past weekend during a press conference in New Brunswick, NJ, where he sustained the charade.  Meanwhile, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are claiming the documents were no longer classified and, as such, there was no crime committed.

Think about this for a moment.  We have a Senator claiming he committed a crime and trying to provoke his colleagues of the opposing party to expel him.  At the same time, you have members of the opposing party exonerating him.  Whatever happened to the good old days when members of the opposing party worked to keep you out not keep you in?

Wrestlemania couldn’t come up with a better plot.

Senator Booker also pretended this was an act of civil disobedience no doubt trying to channel Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a true person of character. I bet in his you he masqueraded as King Jr. on Halloween and, if so, that is the closest he’ll ever get to being a man of character.

I have always maintained I want politicians willing to lose an election to stay honest to their core principles versus pandering for votes.  With that pretext, I would have respected Senator Booker’s act of civil disobedience if the documents were actually confidential when he released them.  I would not have agreed with his actions and called for swift expulsion but at least the man stood for something.

It is plain to see Senator Booker only stands for what is good for Senator Booker.  Unfortunately, that is par for the course for all politicians.

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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