As expected, Newark mayor Cory Booker is getting a lot of attention as he starts his week making it on the budget food stamp recipients have for food. POLITICO, for example, has provided him weighty counsel on menus that stay within that $4 a day max for meals.
Also, Booker will have many ancecdotes to tell. He might point out that those who put the knock on poor people who are overweight will bear witness to how hard it can be to afford "healthy" fare like oranges to maintain sensible eating. Booker will be indeed fortunate if he can pony up at Wal-Mart what a box of prunes will set him back.
Performance art counts for plenty in politics. Michelle, who is know to have "erotic capital," and Barack, who after all has been the first black president, provided a better show than did the Romney duo. As smart and well-funded Linda McMahon, who ran twice here in Connecticut for the U.S. Senate, had been, she lacked the genius for providing the kind of act the public wanted. That was surprising since she and her husband Vince had started the entertainment niche World Wrestling Foundation. Over in California, Meg Whitman was also inept in the right show for politics.
It is this ability in performance art which could allow Booker to take on media master Chris Christie. That could well be in the next governor's race or for some national office. To kick that off, Booker could publish a book titled "A buck forty for a meal: What I Got, What I learned about America."