Monday, November 19, 2012

MSNBC host hammers "supposedly Democratic" Andrew Cuomo

Here's MSNBC's Chris Hayes putting liberal angst (scrap that, this is more like "liberal anger") about NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo into a stern monologue.

Especially bruising? Implying Cuomo isn't just a faux-Democrat, but more insidiously, a Republican sympathizer!

"We now know that Democrats cannot count on New York's supposedly Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, as an ally, and every Democratic primary voter in the entire country should know that, too.

.... One can't help suspect that Andrew Cuomo actually does not want a Democratic majority in the state senate because a Republican majority gives him more of an opportunity to burnish his bipartisan compromiser bonafides before launching his presidential campaign.

And much, much, much more insidiously we suspect he doesn't want a Democratic majority because said-majority stands ready to pass a whole raft of incredibly groundbreaking of progressive legislation."

He then turns to the 2016 presidential race.

"We are almost entirely sure that very soon Andrew Cuomo will be coming before many of the people watching this show asking for your support in a Democratic primary race to become the next president, and you should remember this remarkably cynical display when he does."

Maggie Haberman points out another Boooooo Cuomo piece -- this one from Salon's Alex Pareene who sends some tough shots at the New York governor in a column titled, "Andrew Cuomo, fake Democrat."

At issue?

Cuomo's passivity during state legislative races that could have produced a Democratic majority that was there for the taking. The assumption is that a potential Dem majority could have pushed him into a more liberal agenda that might have potentially haunted him in a 2016 general election.

Pareene (emphasis added):

Cuomo doesn’t hide his conservative tendencies — they’re part of his sales pitch, especially upstate and outside New York City — but he’s in an enviable position of being able to run and govern as a conservative while retaining a progressive reputation, because he’s, you know, a Cuomo and a big-city blue state liberal governor who got gay marriage passed.

His response to Sandy has raised his national profile even more, and barring the sort of disastrous scandals that have sunk the last couple of New York governors, he’ll keep being mentioned whenever people bring up 2016 candidates until the day he announces his intentions. But Democrats ought to know what sort of Democrat he is. If Cuomo allows Republicans to subvert the will of the voters of New York, so that he has an easier time cutting taxes and rolling back regulations, he shouldn’t be allowed to sell himself to future primary voters as a progressive.

Vid via BuzzFeed.

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