#FreeCoryBooker: Live coverage of the Cory Booker hostage crisis

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If you enjoyed a blissfully politics-free day Sunday, you missed Newark Mayor Cory Booker call Team Obama’s attacks on Bain Capital and private equity firms “crap.”  The rare moment of honesty from an Obama surrogate won points with many on the Right and attracted bile from the Left.

With the onslaught of hate and demands that he get back to toeing the line, Booker quickly recorded a YouTube video clarifying his statements.  RNC staffer Tim Miller called it a “hostage tape.”

Hostage tape MT @chrisdonovannbc: Booker posts video after saw "so much feedback" to his comments on #MTPhttp://t.co/iQKavldc

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 20, 2012

And it wasn’t enough for the Obama campaign whose editors sliced and diced nearly four minutes into a 30 second endorsement.

The Obama campaign heavily edits Cory Booker's follow-up to this morning's remarks: http://t.co/fiqfeB72

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

This morning, the “hostage tape” comparison was used again on “Morning Joe” and National Review‘s Jim Geraghty is running with that ever so apt description in a brilliant series of tweets using the hashtag #FreeCoryBooker.

At some point Sunday afternoon, armed agents of the Obama campaign raided and seized Cory Booker's conscience.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

One image says it all: The flag of the seal of Newark, being burned by angry crowd of Obama staffers outside Booker's embassy gates.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

"Capitalist, go home!" the angry mob of Obama staffers cried, before breaking through the gates and storming the doors of Booker's embassy.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

"Were any of the Obama staffers armed with firearms?" "No, no, that would alienate the gun control supporters among them."

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

"Ever since Shah Daley left the Obama camp, there has been fear that the radical young students had taken over the movement."

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Analysts note that in his hostage tape, Booker blinks in Morse code, 'MY CITY STILL NEEDS A THRIVING FINANCIAL SECTOR.'

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

In violation of International law, young Obama campaign staffers blindfolded Booker's conscience and paraded it in front of cameras.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

A figure with ties to both the Obama camp and high finance, like Jon Corzine, may be permitted to visit Booker's conscience in captivity.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Proper audio to play during recent Tweets: http://t.co/udr6IfhM

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

The angry mob of Obama staffers is now chanting, "DOWN WITH THE GREAT LIEBERMAN," an ancient figure associated with betrayal in their faith.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Oh, dear. Ominous for Booker's conscience, as Ayatollah Axelrod has declared it guilty of "apostasy against our deity."

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Those of us who hope for the safe release of Cory Booker's conscience must stand by our principles: We will not negotiate with terrorists.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

When Booker's conscience called the Bain "crap" and "nauseating", he committed blasphemy under the strict orthodoxy of Obamism.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

All across the country, candlelight vigils are beginning, with millions praying for the safe release of Cory Booker's conscience.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

More bad news: a commando mission to rescue Booker's unjustly incarcerated conscience, OPERATION EAGLE KINSLEY'S LAW, has been scrubbed.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

As with that other famous hostage crisis, we may need to elect a new president to see a happy ending. #FreeCoreyBooker

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

If the Obama campaign refuses to release hostages like Cory Booker's conscience, we must retaliate by freezing their assets.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Negotiations for the release of Booker's conscience are complicated by conflicting claims of just who is in charge of the Obamist movement.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

At first, Obamists asked for ransom for the release of Booker's conscience, but then it became clear all of their messages ask for money.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

The Obamists offered a dinner meeting for a donation as little as $3, but refused to offer proof of life for Booker's conscience.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Pentagon sources say they will not attempt a second mission to rescue Cory Booker's conscience. "We can't afford it under sequestration."

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Just remember, Obama called the GOP "hostage takers" over a compromise on tax cuts.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Think of all of the New Jerseyans who will die in fires because the Obama campaign has Cory Booker in captivity. #FreeCoreyBooker

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

New oddly monotone Booker statement: "Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known."

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Latest rumor in Booker Conscience Hostage Crisis is a rogue rescue op. One unidentified Booker friend going in, described as 5'11", 300 pds.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Newark Embassy wall has been breached by an unidentified 300 pound man armed with a fire extinguisher. #FreeCoreyBooker

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2012

Twitchy will bring you more on this tense hostage situation as it becomes available.

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