But President Trump is the “toddler” ?
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told The Hill Thursday that he did not intend to compare himself to Spartacus during last week’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings — a moment that put him squarely in the political spotlight but also led to some mockery.
Booker, who is widely seen as preparing for a White House run in 2020, says he has no regrets about his “Spartacus moment.”
“It doesn’t take away from the larger point and, again, all of this is about the larger point. We have documents that have been hidden from the public, that shouldn’t have been hidden from the public,” Booker said Thursday of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings….
“After I was threatened with expulsion and had my character challenged, I was very happy that colleague after colleague after colleague stepped up,” Booker said….
“This is about the closest I’ll probably have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Booker said during the tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, seemingly drawing comparison with the slave who led an uprising against the Roman Empire. In the famous movie in which Kirk Douglas portrays Spartacus, rebel slaves all claim to be Spartacus to shield their leader from punishment….
Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the most tight-lipped members of the Supreme Court, complained that the senator’s theatrics undermined the dignity of the confirmation process.
Speaking in an interview aired by C-SPAN, the conservative justice faulted Booker and other Democrats on the Judiciary panel for trying to score “points,” look “cute” and earn television time.
Booker has been a bit of a punching bag for the media, with John Kass of The Chicago Tribune calling the “Spartacus bit” an “epic fail” and New York Times columnist Gail Collins writing that “Booker demonstrated that it was possible to go too far in being fearsome when he made some allegedly confidential Kavanaugh records public and compared himself to Spartacus for his daring.”
Asked if he intended to compare himself with Spartacus, Booker replied pointedly, “No.”
Booker declined to respond to Thomas’s criticism about his Spartacus remark.
“It’s not even important to me. I haven’t seen it….