Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio criticized one of his Democratic colleagues Friday for calling a camera specialist during a hearing his "Spartacus moment."
With a televised success, Senator Corey Booker of New Jersey published a collection of previously secret documents on the views of Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by the Supreme Court on racial profiling after the terrorist attacks of September 11, and described himself as a progressive crusader.
With a global audience watching, Booker proclaimed that he was making the material public against the wishes of the Republicans, even though they had already authorized its publication the night before.
"This is the closest time I'll probably have in my life to a moment of" I'm Spartacus, "he said.
Rubio turned it into a mocking moment that quickly went viral
& # 39; On this day at 71B.C. the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus was executed by Marcus Licinius Crassus for divulging confidential parchments, "he tweeted." When it was reported days after, in fact, the Roman Senate had already publicly published the scrolls, Crassus replied: "Oh, it's okay, it's bad "
The Democratic senator Corey Booker published on Thursday the documents of the past of Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by the Supreme Court, with great success although they were no longer secret, proclaiming that it was his "I" the "moment" of Spartacus.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, taunted him on Twitter with a joke about the historic Spartacus making a similar blunder.
In the Hollywood version, Spartacus leads a bold slave rebellion only to die at the end when equally daring comrades refuse to let him face the crucifixion alone.
The name of Spartacus has become a symbol of resistance to power because he escaped and went on to lead an army of slaves against the Roman Empire despite the fact that no one in power knew who he was.
In the 1960 Kirk Douglas film about him, the rebels are captured and the Roman soldiers threaten to crucify them all unless their leader identifies and accepts to die alone.
& # 39; I'm Spartacus! & # 39; he announces. And one by one his soldiers stand up and repeat their words, claiming to be the traitor, and sharing their dreadful fate because the Romans still have no idea what the real Spartacus is.
Karl Marx saw history as a model of the devotion necessary for organized socialist resistance to capitalist economies.
Booker's stash of documents did not reveal any new bombs, despite his emphasis that he was willing to risk being expelled from the Senate for revealing them.
The conservative experts jumped to strike him after a glance at the material that revealed only that Kavanaugh had defended a "truly effective and comprehensive policy of racial neutrality" during the George W. Bush administration.
And a prominent House Republican piled up Friday morning in a Fox News Channel interview.
"What I've seen in the past few days is a group of people who want to be nominated in 2020 and it's sad," said South Carolina representative Trey Gowdy.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was holding a confirmation hearing on Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; the documents that Booker revealed ended up showing the opposite of what the Democrats expected
"What I've seen in recent days is a group of people who want to be nominated in 2020 and it's sad," South Carolina representative Trey Gowdy said of Booker's trick.
Booker is widely expected to announce in the next few months that he will run for president in 2020 against Donald Trump.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, intervened on Thursday and hinted that Booker made a big hint: "May I ask how long he will say the same thing three or four times?"
Cornyn made his own decision: "running for president is no excuse to violate the rules of the Senate."