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Cory Booker Is Like Spartacus, Without the Spartacus

It's rare to witness a moment of true bravery during a Senate hearing, but that's exactly what we got this week during the confirmation process for inevitable Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Democrats are throwing everything they've got at him, from convoluted questions that literally can't be answered to hysteria over a supposedly snubbed handshake. There was even a very serious discussion of a "white power" hand gesture allegedly flashed by the Mexican-American granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Truly, these proceedings are showing the world the best of America. But one stunning act of #Resistance stood out this week. One man's courage in the face of overwhelming odds brought a thrill to the hearts of dozens.

One brave soul was willing to stand up and say: "I am Spartacus!"

No, seriously. He literally said that.

Ladies and gentlemen: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

"This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an 'I am Spartacus' moment."

This is, of course, a reference to the dramatic ending of the 1960 Stanley Kubrick classic Spartacus, in which the titular hero stood up and yelled, "I am Spartacus!" while everybody else looked around and chuckled awkwardly. It was about one man being brave enough to declare himself a hero, and Senator Booker lives up to that ideal every day. He isn't going to let anybody stop him from reminding us what he wants us to think he is.

Booker's "I am Spartacus" moment was his release of some documents that he insisted he wasn't supposed to release. He claimed that he knew he was flouting the Senate rules, and that was prepared to be expelled for it. That's just the sort of risk-taking rebel he is, according to him.

But as it turned out, there was nothing preventing Booker from releasing those documents. The rule-breaker broke no rules.