Booker 2020

So, I’ve been a particular fan of Cory Booker since I read this Vox interview last year and came away with how knowledgeable and thoughtful he is on criminal justice issues.  The man is really smart and really believes in using data and science (and empathy) to make good policy.  He’s also willing to say not very politic things like the fact that we need to dramatically reduce sentences for violent criminals.  A simple reality– we cannot dramatically reduce ourr insane levels of mass incarceration simply through letting out all the non-violent drug offenders.  We should let them out, but pretending that it is the major solution (as well as similar fantastical takes on private prison) is just liberal happy talk.

This past week I listened to a recent Ezra Klein interview with Booker.  Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever been more impressed by a politician.  So smart, so thoughtful, so aware of the true problems faced by our country.  Who knows what the field will look like in 2020, but personally, I’m strongly hoping Booker runs and if he does, he’s almost surely my man.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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