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Our Guy

October 30, 2014

He’s our guy. We’re sticking with him. But – damn, holy cow, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, etc. – why does he do the things he does?

For example, who, on the eve of an election, pokes his finger in the collective eye of a large part of the base vote?

We’re referring to his “education monopoly” remarks, which have incensed the state’s most powerful union and the Working Families Party, with which he had a tentative truce.

We love the fact that he isn’t captive to anyone. We love his being a true moderate. We see him moving the state in the right direction. What we don’t get, and will never get, is his penchant for needless antagonism.

With ill-chosen words and churlishness, he’s turning a 58-38-4 race into a 52-38-10 race.

And with that, he’s creating major governing problems in the next term, dousing any consideration as a national political figure and undermining his chance to be regarded as a better than adequate governor historically.

Come January, the unions, the left, the legislature and the media, all of which believe they’ve been treated contemptuously, will be in full rebellion.

Going in 2016 cycle, which starts almost immediately, he’ll be known nationally as the guy who can’t get along with anyone.

And heading into 2018 and the conclusion of his time as governor, it appears likely that he will have squandered a lot of the goodwill he should receive for restoring the functionality of state government and achieving a handful of meaningful policy successes.

The irony here is that there’s nobody undermining him – except himself. In fact, the degree to which our guy has become his own worst enemy is actually stunning. In this regard, as ill-conceived as his education monopoly remarks were, they are topped by his comments about Preet Bharara.

He said yesterday that Preet’s Moreland review was “political baloney” and that some prosecutors are better at starting cases than finishing them.

Who goads someone to prosecute you?

Apparently, our guy does. Our guy is in need of an intervention.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Bill Zucker permalink
    October 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    He said yesterday that Preet’s Moreland review was “political baloney” and that some prosecutors are better at starting cases than finishing them.

    And how many cases did AG Cuomo start and not finish and how come no one bothered to note that….

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