The GOP base will rise against Booker because he is brown. His skill, intelligence, passion, and ethics are irrelevant. Racism is on the rise in America. The GOP welcomes racism with open arms. Racism as an electoral strategy works for the GOP (i.e. 2016 Presidential Election). The 2016 election was not an indication that the GOP race-based strategy did not work. We should not give the GOP a cause to rally behind.