DC Trawler

Cory Booker has a friend named T-Bone, maybe

Booker likes his T-bones so rare that they don’t even exist.

Elaina Johnson at NRO reports:

Go back and listen to Cory Booker’s stump speeches over the years, and, as in those of any politician, you’ll hear many of the same stories. But Booker’s are more dramatic and heart-rending than most. They draw heavily on his experiences in Newark, N.J., where he moved in 1995 after his second year at Yale Law School…

But sources tell National Review Online that the central character in one of Booker’s oft-repeated stories — T-Bone, the drug pusher who the mayor has said threatened his life at one turn and sobbed on his shoulder the next — is a figment of his imagination, even though Booker has talked about him in highly emotional terms and in great detail…

Ronald Rice Jr., a Newark city councilman and Booker ally who has known the mayor since 1998, says the T-Bone story was “a fixture” of Booker’s unsuccessful 2002 mayoral bid against corrupt Newark political boss Sharpe James, perhaps for its symbolic value. In Booker’s mind, according to the city councilman, “It’s not so much the details of the story” that matter, but the principle that “these things happen, they happen to real people, they happen in the city of Newark.”

Or, in the immortal words of the New York Times: “Fake but accurate.”

Read the whole thing to see the remarkable level of detail Booker has invested in his friend nobody else has ever met, and how committed he is to maintaining that narrative.

He’s gonna make a great president someday!