“To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses.”

— Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J. on “Meet the Press,” equating President Obama’s attacks on Bain with Republican attacks on Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, calling both “nauseating.”

Newark Mayor Cory Booker had a pretty lousy Sunday.

He struck a high-minded tone on “Meet the Press” denouncing and equating the campaign tactics that would vilify either Mitt Romney’s former employer or President Obama’s former pastor.

This is McCain-style “maverick” talk, in which one seeks moral authority by lamenting a flaw in his or her own party. This kind of talk is a staple of Sunday show regulars. But Booker forgot why he was there. Booker was on the show as a surrogate for the Obama campaign and should not be talking about being nauseated by ads by the president of his party.

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