Next Moves After the Debate
New York, a state once known for the sophistication of its political debate, is now a laughing stock. There’s nothing we or anyone else can do about that, so it’s best to just move on.
In this regard, what are the logical next steps of the various candidates?
For Andrew Cuomo, it is all about the base. Charles Barron will siphon minority votes. Cuomo has to work hard to minimize Barron’s appeal and one way for him to do that is to follow through with the urban agenda he promised earlier in the campaign.
For Carl Paladino, it is all about salvaging something. He was viable as an idea — the angry candidate in an angry year. But as an individual, he’s simply not a marketable entity. His only hope is statewide advertising campaign in which the man is subordinated to the message.
For Charles Barron, it is about consolidating his gains in the African-American community after a confident debate performance and reaching out to Hispanics who may be even more disaffected. Barron can become a major player (and eclipse Al Sharpton) if he broadens his appeal.
For Warren Redlich, there is clear opportunity to help shape the future of the GOP. In fact, there are millions of Republicans now looking for a place to go. To the extent he espouses common sense conservatism, he could peel off votes from Paladino.
For Howie Hawkins, the future is being the populist soul of the Green Party, not its standard bearer.
For Jimmy McMillan, there is probably a reality TV show in his future.
For Kristin Davis, it is the talk show circuit and a new book: “Vice is Nice.”