Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has been heavily criticized for his theatrics at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, particularly after Republicans revealed that the “confidential” documents Booker published Thursday morning in supposed defiance of Senate rules had already been cleared for release.
Booker had dramatically said he would “knowingly” violate Senate rules to release emails marked “committee confidential” that showed Kavanaugh discussing racial profiling as a White House lawyer in 2002. Booker referred to his actions as an act of “civil disobedience” and said he was prepared to face punishment.
“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Booker said, referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire. [Source: Fox News]
Here’s the thing about narcissists like Cory Booker: They’re self-conscious about their hoped-for greatness.
Truly great, high-achieving people don’t possess this self-consciousness. They simply do the things that the rest of us later consider great.
Thomas Edison did not get up one day and ask himself, “How can I have my Isaac Newton moment?” Read his biography. Such a thing would never have occurred to him. He simply did what he did — intelligently, brilliantly and with persistence. The rest is history.
Ditto for any other individual of high achievement. Thomas Jefferson. Aristotle. Leonardo da Vinci. George Washington. Winston Churchill. Marie Curie. The Wright Brothers. Try reading a biography, Cory Booker. If you ever read one, you’d see what I mean.
Great people don’t look for opportunities to be great. They simply are. It’s not that they’re humble, although most will call it that. It actually takes a lot of ego and confidence to blaze a new trail. It’s more that they’re not pretentious. And they’re not self-conscious about how they look. They only care about what they’re doing — because (unlike Cory Booker) they’re really doing something.
You probably have to cut someone like Cory Booker a little bit of slack here. He’s not going to achieve anything. He fancies himself a President, like the rest of the narcissists in Washington. And perhaps he will win that lottery. But winning it will not change the fact that he has nothing original to contribute, not to the Presidency, to the U.S. Senate or anything else. Being a professional parasite — spending OTHER people’s money — and grandstanding in front of irrational and immature progressives in the media do not make for an achievement. And even if it did — it has already been done, over and over again.
Narcissists think they’re great even though they’re not great at all. They’re as ordinary and as predictable as can be. What makes their psychological pathology so silly and sad is that they have no clue as to how ordinary and metaphysically insignificant they truly are.
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