Guess who's coming to Iowa? Everyone's favorite Spartacus – Senator Cory Booker!
The Senator from New Jersey is moving on from his "I am Spartacus" moment during the Kavanaugh hearing last week (a moment that was way more heroic in Booker's mind than in reality). Now he's preparing to dazzle Iowa Democrats as the featured speaker at their Fall gala in October. Is it too early to start printing Spartacus for Prez bumper stickers?
Unfortunately, it's apparently not too early because potential Democratic candidates are already jockeying for position. Seven other Democrats, plus Bernie Sanders, have made appearances in Iowa in recent months, each one nurturing their own Oval Office dream.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price says, "…we welcome anyone who wants to help us get Democrats elected in 2018, and we're happy to have Senator Booker's help. This dinner is only about the great opportunities ahead of us in this election this fall."
Riiiiiight. Sure it is.
There are two schools of thought on showing up in Iowa, kind of like asking the most popular girl in school to the prom. You can either come right out and ask her, early and often, and hope she likes you – which is what Bernie, and now Booker, is doing by visiting Iowa over two years before the next presidential election. Or, you can just flirt awhile, pretend like you're not interested, and hope Iowa ends up asking you to the prom. That's the current Joe Biden approach.
Spartacus 2020 is a done deal.
Booker has placed four staffers in Iowa to work on the campaigns of state Democratic candidates. Traditionally, that's an indicator that you're getting serious about a White House run. It also makes his Spartacus stunt even more obvious as an attention-grab.
Over the next couple weeks, if Booker is photographed wearing a hard hat, kissing a baby, eating pancakes in a small-town diner, or especially doing all three at the same time, you'll know Spartacus 2020 is a done deal.