Cory Booker, like Donald Trump, had been a rhetorical risk-taker. His tell-it-as-it-is political speeches helped catapult him into the U.S. Senate. So, we Booker watchers expected an out-of-the-box high-drama presentation on the first day of the DNC.
It didn't happen. We didn't get the show we expected. Here are the details from Dan Spinelli in Politico.
For some reason, Booker veered into the kind of eloquence that was just fine in the days of John F. Kennedy. His two brothers could continue in the grandiose tradition because they were, well, Kennedys.
But, eloquence is mistrusted today. Trial lawyers should recognize that. Their last chance to influence the jury is their closing argument. They should only wax eloquent after giving that plenty of thought.
In this era of cynicism and uncertainty we want our talk straight. Jurors often do, too. For over 70 minutes that's what Donald Trump did at the RNC. The majority of viewers assessed it as a rhetorical homerun.
One wonders if a jinx has been cast on the DNC. It started out with the resignation of the DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Then, protests broke out supporting Bernie Sanders, whom the DNC screwed. Now, this disappointment with Booker.
Perhaps Clinton Inc. will figure out how to lift this pall. Right now, it's scaring liberals who may not like Hillary but don't want Trump elected U.S. President.
Meanwhile, trial lawyers, no matter how successful, have to use caution in courtroom stylistics.