Modern romance is too often confusing and complicated, but when it works, it works. Sparks flew on Twitter this week between two beloved public figures, redeeming the internet for its tendency towards anarchy. Sen. Cory Booker asked out Mindy Kaling over Twitter, and their flirtation-ship will probably be the cutest thing you see all day.
Booker casually struck up the conversation Thursday afternoon as he was apparently catching up on The Mindy Project, Kaling's show about an unlucky-in-love gynecologist in New York. It's more than likely he was updated by his staff about the name-check in the episode, but given how eagerly he hit on Kaling via Twitter, I choose to believe he's a Mindy fanatic.
In the episode, which premiered this week, Booker (fictionally) shows up to a party that Mindy's attending, much to Mindy's surprise. "Cory Booker? I can't believe he came. I guess anything to get out of Newark, huh?" Mindy says on the show.
The real Booker, possibly offended or maybe just teasing, then tweeted at Kaling to express his dismay. "Ouch!" Booker said, accompanied by a broken heart emoji. "@MindyKaling, heard Dr. Lahiri dissed Newark last night ... @VogueMagazine & I disagree," he continued, with a link to an article from February about why people should give Newark a shot. Booker then concluded the tweet with a reassurance of his love, "I still [heart emoji] you!"
Kaling responded to Booker less than 10 minutes after his initial tweet, reciprocating the heart emoji feels. From there, Booker ran with it, and asked her out over Twitter like a champ. "You are making my day! Thanks for the clarification. And if the [heart emoji] is really mutual... Come have dinner with me in Newark? #PleaseSayYes." Kaling almost immediately said yes, and Booker said he'd send a car for her.
I'm not crying, you're crying.
Clearly, somebody raised Booker right, because he knows how to treat a woman. Though Kaling was probably joking about taking the PATH train (according to TheRichest.com, Kaling's net worth of $18 million could definitely afford her a cab from Manhattan), the senator still offered to send her a Lyft for door-to-door transportation service. Booker also showed off his woke side by avoiding the touchy subject of Uber, so he gets even more points for that slick move.
At the risk of getting too far ahead of the current situation, a Kaling-Booker love story could do a lot for his political future. Booker swears he's not running for president in 2020, but as a young, charismatic politician of color with significant name recognition, he seems like a natural choice to one day assume leadership of the party.
However, one perennial obstacle to Booker's presidential viability has been his bachelorhood — critics have tried to deride him for years about his singledom and its rumored causes. With a famous and totally adorable romance, Booker could eliminate that problem, make himself more relatable to American families, and most importantly, find love.
@CoryBooker yes. Now let me get the PATH train schedule.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 23, 2017
Even if nothing comes of it, the exchange was amusing and adorable. It's been a while since there was a solid politics/entertainment love story, and everybody could use a little good news from Washington these days. Plus, just think about how beautiful their potential children could be.