Cory Booker was so conveniently nonspecific about the children he imagined

Here’s how Cory Booker tried to put Hillary’s nomination last night into perspective this morning on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert (taping of which began at five minutes to midnight) :

Michelle Obama said so beautifully last night, it’s wonderful that her daughters could grow up in a country where they could take for granted the fact that a woman could become President. . . . I think there are going to be kids that are growing up, that are gonna be like sixteen years old, they’re gonna think to themselves, the next time a white guy is elected to the Presidency, “Wait a minute, I thought only women and black guys could do that job.” [at the 1:40 mark]

Sixteen years old, eh? Don’t be distracted by Booker’s self-effacing pseudo-specificity. Sure, sixteen years is the combined length of Obama’s time in the White House and the two terms Booker made clear he expects Hillary to serve as President. But if Cory has his way, those 16-year olds are not right now seven going on eight. He would prefer it if those imaginary 16-year olds have yet to be born.

Corey Booker 2024.

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