Newark Mayor Cory Booker's gaffe -- when he said attacks on Mitt Romney's Bain Capital record were "nauseating" -- was probably not a gaffe at all. Nevertheless, when you decided to attack the most powerful person in your own party on a central issue of the campaign, it can be hard to predict the fallout. Let's assess how it all turned out.
Good (or potentially good) things:
1. Right-wing friends. "Cory Booker Got It Right," is a headline at Newsmax, a very conservative website, with Lanny Davis's byline. The Wall Street Journal's editorial page portrayed him as a persecuted truth-teller.
2. The aura of centrism. This is important if Booker runs for national office, because he's a Democrat from the Northeast who ran a big blue city. He can run those ads that say, "I took on my own party..."
3. Happy donors. Booker raised large amounts of money from the financial services industry since he first ran for office in 2002. Those workers have had their feelings hurt several times since the financial crisis in 2008-- think Jamie Dimon's announcement that he's "barely a Democrat" on Meet the Press. Booker has raised $491,000 from the industry in the last nine months, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. They like him: Booker "seems to understand the important role private equity plays growing and strengthening businesses in Newark and throughout New Jersey," a spokesman for Private Equity Growth Capital Council told the newspaper.