This slipped past me last week, but Cory Booker won the Newark mayorial race in an out and out landslide.
So why is Booker such a big deal? Well, anybody who’s seen the Academy Award-nominated documentary Street Fight already knows how Booker’s challenger in the 2002 mayorial contest, Democratic mayor Sharpe James, played extremely dirty politics against him.
And yes, you should try and rent the documentary. It’s a revealing and jaw-dropping look at how a culture of corruption can defeat a clearly superior candidate. Thankfully, this time around, Sharpe stepped aside and Booker stomped all over Sharpe’s heir apparent.
Yes, chalk one up for the good guys. We don’t just need more Democrats like Cory Booker. We need more politicians like him.