So a perfectly reputable guy writing in an extremely reputable newspaper is campaigning for Andrew Cuomo for president.
Keyword “Jaws” – only this time accompanied by toy drums and kazoo, because Cuomo may not be a real one Great Great white shark, all the other fish in the tank are guppies, so maybe he’s important.
This appears to be James Freeman’s argument, Writing in the Wall Street Journalwho says he draws inspiration from Albany newspaper columnist Chris Churchill – a serious guy, regardless of his circumstances.
Both men tremble at the prospect of a rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump next year — as all right-minded citizens should — and they see the former governor in a good position to prevent such a catastrophe.
To be clear, they don’t want Cuomo to actually become president, but rather want to pose a primary challenge that could bring other Democrats into the contest and displace Biden in the process.
Well, it’s a plan. But it has problems.
- Any national Democrat so afraid of needing Cuomo as cover probably wouldn’t be an improvement over Biden, so why even bother?
- Anyone who thinks that Mario’s firstborn would do anything without having any direct, immediate and tangible benefit for himself is wrong. The guy isn’t in the stalking horse business.
- There’s this, um, “killing grandmothers and pinching Fannies” business. If Cuomo’s resignation in 2021 proves anything, it’s that progressive Democrats are pretty adept with the stick — and the Obama wing of the party is clearly in charge these days.
- The only law that has governed American politics for the last three decades or so is Murphy’s Law. That said, it’s not inconceivable that the guy could actually end up in the White House — and who’s willing to risk arming Andrew Mark Cuomo with nuclear weapons? The guy’s memory is too long and his resentments are too deep.
And then there’s this: The president’s policies haven’t been kind to New Yorkers lately.
The ridiculous candidacies of Bill de Blasio and Kirsten Gillibrand failed to make a splash in 2020 — and while Mike Bloomberg got American Samoa into a major landslide this year, it cost him $550 million and no one noticed anyway.
But here’s the question: If not Andrew, then who? At a party led by pygmies, the big guy stands out, right?
But does that mean a 40-year career marked by duplicitous self-serving, campaign finance duplicity, cascading political disasters and all those tight hugs shouldn’t matter?
Sure, he presents himself better than the incumbent governor of New York – but that’s not hard and he chose her in the first place.
Sure, he speaks in complete sentences, has the attention span of an adult, and is probably still awake past 8 p.m
And he’s definitely not the other megalomaniac from Queens.
But let’s be honest: Not being Kathy Hochul, Joe Biden or Donald Trump should not be a reason for a tactical presidential campaign.
And if so, then the land of the free and the home of the brave is in far more trouble than most imagine.
Heaven help us all.