Did that mean, I asked, that Mario Cuomo, who strongly opposed Clintonian compromises like the welfare-reform law of 1996, had come at last to appreciate triangulation? “No,” he said quickly, shifting a bit in his swivel chair. Then, more softly, “I’m still a liberal, I guess.” – Mario Cuomo Still Believes, by Matt Bai
They don’t make Democratic leaders like Mario Cuomo anymore.
The Obama era is now producing clones that stand for nothing, certainly not Democratic principles, with the idea to keep their options open so that voters can dress them like a political Ken doll.
This template has been bronzed through Barack Obama’s success in slick talking Democrats into submission. So now Andrew Cuomo is trying it on for size as he eyes the spot his father couldn’t reach, the White House in 2016.
Cuomo’s 2010 campaign slogan was “experience and independence.” Of course you need “independence,” because in the Obama era standing up for Democratic principles is considered too limiting. Cuomo’s the latest Obama clone, another “pragmatist,” who shows “little interest in ideological labels.”
He has clashed with unions, who he believes have helped drive his state toward bankruptcy. He has been praised by prominent conservatives like Sarah Palin and Rudolph W. Giuliani. And he has taken thousands of dollars in campaign money from the New York billionaire David H. Koch, who with his family has helped financed the Tea Party movement.
[...] “Candidly, progressives are quite disappointed with the governor’s budget,” said Jon Kest, a veteran organizer and executive director of New York Communities for Change, an advocacy group for low-income New Yorkers. “We will stand with him when his actions align with our values, but that is not the case today.”
… Mr. Cuomo declined to be interviewed for this article. In a rare on-the-record interview last October, as he was running for governor, he showed little interest in ideological labels. “I’m a realist,” Mr. Cuomo said at the time. “Numbers are numbers. ‘I want to have a political-philosophical discussion,’ ” he mimicked. “They’re numbers. Forget the philosophy. Here are the numbers.”
Oh, sweet Jesus, spare me.
A political “realist” is someone who admits he’ll do anything to get elected, because he realizes he doesn’t have the intellect to sell what he believes, because principles might hem him in.
I honestly don’t know what it’s going to take to get movement progressives to wake up and challenge the establishment in the Democratic Party, but they’d better do it soon or all they’ll have to choose from in 2016 is Obama knock offs who stand for everything, but whose political principles are nonexistent, and whose promises and pledges to get your vote mean nothing.