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Cuomo Emerges Amid AIG Disaster



New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has emerged as a star of the AIG mess.

As President Obama and his administration continue to struggle to find solutions to the brouhaha over bonuses at AIG, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has stepped into the void -- emerging as the voice of the little guy and, in the process, heightening talk that he may well be the Empire State's next governor.

Cuomo has issued subpoenas to force the release of the names of AIG executives who received bonuses and was the first to detail the 73 AIG employees who received bonuses of $1 million or more.

The "Cuomo as crusader" idea has begun to catch on with the state and national press -- witness this Associated Press story headlined: "NY's Cuomo wins praise for pursuing AIG on bailout" -- and represents a fascinating twist in a political career that has seen its share of them.

Just a few months ago, Cuomo appeared to be stuck in place without an obvious next step. After being considered by Gov. David Paterson (D) as a replacement for then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D), Cuomo was passed over for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D). And, with one gubernatorial primary loss to an African American candidate (state Comptroller Carl McCall in 2002) already under his belt, it seemed unlikely that Cuomo would take on Paterson next November.

Fast forward to today and Cuomo is sitting in the catbird's seat thanks to his quick moves to harness the populist power of the anger directed at AIG.

"[Cuomo] is doing that which strikes the most responsive chord with voters: he is sufficiently self effacing while tangibly acting to slay the dragon of Wall Street excess," explained Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic consultant. "What voters will recall is the job he did."

Phil Singer, a longtime aide to New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D), said that Cuomo has moved into the national limelight with his handling of AIG but has built his popularity in the state -- a recent Manhattanville poll showed him with 70 percent favorable ratings -- around a solid day-to-day performance.

"By simply doing his day job well, Cuomo is going to be able to have a lot of opportunities for advancement if he decides to go down that path," said Singer.

Cuomo's rise draws inevitable parallels to that of Eliot Spitzer who, as New York AG, built a statewide and national reputation as an Eliot Ness-like character for his commitment to uncovering white-collar crime.

Spitzer's profile allowed him to virtually walk into the governor's mansion in 2006 -- winning the primary with 82 percent and the general election with 70 percent. Of course, that rapid rise is blamed in many circles for building the hubris that led to Spitzer's demise amid revelations of his ties to a high-end call girl ring.

"Spitzer was able to utilize the notoriety he gained as AG to catapult himself to the governor's office so that's proof positive that the AG's office provides a great platform if he can be perceived as doing a good job," said Mike DuHaime, a Republican consultant who has done considerable work in New York State. DuHaime added that the recent history of New York politics shows voters' attraction to law and order candidates like Spitzer, Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The Cuomo equals Spitzer comparisons only go so far, however. Unlike Spitzer, Cuomo's rise has come after a series of political setbacks. Touted as rising star in national politics after managing his father's campaign for governor in 1982, Cuomo served as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the second term of the Clinton administration. He came out of that job and immediately began running for governor in 2002, a race that quickly turned into a debacle for Cuomo. Behind in polls, he quietly slipped from the race a week before the primary.

Four years later Cuomo reemerged in Empire State politics, winning a race for attorney general. His popularity in the eyes of New York voters has steadily increased since then even as he was passed over for the Senate appointment by Paterson. (Unlike Caroline Kennedy, who openly campaign for the job, Cuomo kept his interest largely private -- avoiding being too closely associated with the debacle overseen by the governor.)

All of the attention being paid to Cuomo begs the question: What's next?

The governor's race seems the obvious option given Paterson's struggles and the real possibility that Giuliani will run, a development that will give Republicans a real chance to win the governor's mansion.

Cuomo and his advisers have stayed mum about his political next steps but they are well aware of the political capital he currently carries and are likely to be careful as to how they spend it.

Cuomo is the hottest thing in politics at the moment. Keep an eye on him.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 19, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
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Comments

This guy is no Caroline Kennedy!

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 22, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Catbird seat, dammit, catbird seat! Not "catbird's seat!" We've talked about this.

Get out your Ouija board and ask Red Barber if you doubt me.

Posted by: FlownOver | March 19, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Cuomo finally deserves recognition for what he has been doing for a long time. As Secretary of HUD he was a nemesis of Fannie Mae execs and last fall he brought attention to the fact that bailout money was being used for executive retreats. He has been the voice of the little guy before it was politically fashionable.

Posted by: gadfly2 | March 19, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I want to know where is the Department of Justice, State Attorney General, FBI...

Who is investigating the bigger crimes at large? The crimes of Fraud and Abuse.

Why has there been no charges filed against those folks in the Financial Industry who are now in hiding or playing golf everyday.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 19, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

wonderful post Judy in Texas.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 19, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

TO: (multi-agency) intel analysts/agents/operatives [EYES ONLY]

RE: "Target" surveillance/profiling


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When analyzing said humint responses to "target" postings, reference this exigent statement of inquiry:

Is this statecraft?


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OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | March 19, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

At 4PM CDT, the news just came in:
Mr. Cuomo got the list of AIG employees who received bonuses and it will be released.
Hot dog!
It's about time.
Good for Mr. Cuomo.
There's more than one way to skin this cat.
I listened carefully to Mr. Liddy yesterday and I do understand his concern for the safety of these people and their families.
But that's the province of the F.B.I. and the police department.
This country is not run by lynch mobs.
I'm reading "The Great Crash -- 1929" by John Kenneth Galbraith.
(I had to read it when I was studying economics in college.)
I highly recommend it to anyone who is concerned about our present situation.
We are fortunate that we are working hard to rectify the situation as soon as it came to light.
In 1929 through 1933, little was done and the country sank deeper and deeper into the depression before remedies began to be applied.
As usual, when remedies are being developed by committee (which is what the Congress is -- a massive committee), mistakes are being made and they tend to divert our attention from the broader task at hand.
Let us not take our eyes off the ball.
This country needs an overhaul and we're on the road to getting that done.
On the other side, down the road a piece, something tells me we're going to be amazed and surprised at how pleased we will be at the results.
Especially when our borders and ports are more secure, our highways are improved, our bridges and dams are more dependable, our rail transportation becomes a resource, our schools are improved, and we have transportable health care.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 19, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Cuomo is certainly someone to keep an eye on. His prospects of moving into the governor's mansion are favorable. After he moves out of the governor's mansion will the White House be next?

Posted by: Nevadaandy | March 19, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Bravo to Cuomo. He can definitely win race for Gov. And anybody who thinks Giulani can win anything in NY just doesn't understand the depth of disgust and disdain that NYers have for this man. He is reviled by the NYC Firemen, policemen and those in NYC who watched him disrespect his wife Donna Hanover while he pranced around with Judy and committed adultery. He was known in NYC for not being able to work with people; anyone in his admin who got more publicity than him was gone. He should be shunned by the GOP and not encouraged by anybody.

Posted by: knittingnutvi | March 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Three cheers for Mr. Cuomo. He should have been named to replace Clinton as the senator from NY, not that piece of upstate crap masquerading as a democrat. Just wait until the next election.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | March 19, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

drindl:
was that what we were talking about yesterday on the Dodd Amendment????

Dodd's amendment SA354 which was an amendment to --
amendment SA98...
and then SA98 was withdrawn????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 19, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

hmmm
but AIG, under Bush's regime, used the American common man as their punching bag.

they tweaked USCODE and policy to make millions.
they should be scared as he**

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 19, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse


As Roll Call reported this morning, financial services lobbyists “have moved into hyperdrive” in an attempt to soften taxes on bailed-out bonuses. The lobbyists working for the financial industry are organized into a group known as the Financial Services Roundtable.

Last year, the Roundtable lobbied aggressively to prevent “legislation from limiting executive compensation.” Scott Talbott, a senior lobbyist for the Roundtable, told the New York Times, “we are opposed to provisions on executive pay.”

During the debate over the economic recovery package, the Senate passed the Wyden/Snowe amendment which would have severely limited the bonuses paid by bailed out firms. However, the amendment was removed from the legislation at the last minute in conference. The removal was agreed to by staffers working for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and the Obama administration. On Rachel Maddow’s show earlier this week, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said that financial industry lobbyists were the individuals primarily advocating the change:

What happened, Rachel, was we got it through the United States Senate and then like, with so many issues, all the lobbyists came out in droves and somehow magically, the amendment disappeared. It seems to me now we‘ve got an opportunity to get this job done right but it didn‘t have to happen.

Posted by: drindl | March 19, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

So far the big winner in this AID fiasco is Cuomo for his hard-hitting and plain speaking in targetting the Wall Street abusers.

The big losers are the cynical and hypocritical Republicans who spent the past decade promoting the deregulation of Wall Street and now claim to be "shocked, shocked" when their greedy buddies are caught with hands in the cookie jar. Now they claim to want Geithner to resign, but they say nothing to denounce the corrupt, greedy, and short-sighted titans of capitalism who got us into this mess. It is great to see Rush Limbaugh defending AIG while his followers are sharpening their pitchforks to stick it to the bums.

Of course the biggest loser is the American public which was subjected to eight years of disasterous GOP rule.
We are only now coming to grips with the multiple, cascading fallout from the Bush years of infamy.

Posted by: dee5 | March 19, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Cuomo and Schumer are grandstanding and taking advantage of the AIG mess to get their names in the paper and TV news. Chuck Schumer in particular should be in jail for his part in creating this entire economic mess that we're in. It was Chuck Schumer, Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, Hillary Clinton, and other Democrat Socialists who forced Fannie, Freddy, and the banks to give mortgage loans to people who couldn't pay them back with their Community Re-investment Act, by threatening them with law suits for red-linning, and racial discrimination. They even forced these lending institutions to accept a persons welfare and food stamps income as collateral. Republicans Ron Paul and John McCain warned Congress back in 2003 that these mortgage loans would implode. When President Bush and the Republicans tried to reign in these phoney loans in 2005, EVERY DEMOCRAT SOCIALIST, INCLUDING OBAMA, BIDEN, SCHUMER, FRANK, WATERS, HILLARY, AND DODD VOTED TO CONTINUE THE RIP-OFF OF THE TAXPAYERS. Notice that while Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer, and the rest are grilling AIG and other investment companies before Congressional Committees, they're not doing the same with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The reason is obvious. To do so would expose their filthy hands in this economic mess.

Posted by: armpeg | March 19, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"To what end is the list of bonus recipients being demanded by Mr. Cuomo ? Mr. Liddy testified under oath that the Federal Reserve approved the bonuses. "

It was the Bush Administration who approved the bonuses, clownshoes.

Posted by: drindl | March 19, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Was the headline and "lede" below the reason for apparent censorship of my recent attempted post to "The Fix'? Or was it the body copy?

Here's another attempt to post the very top of the commentary:

COMMUNITY GANG STALKING AND MICROWAVE RADIATION WEAPONS TORTURE GOES ON IN NYC AND OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS NATIONWIDE…

WHAT HAS ANDREW CUOMO DONE TO RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW FOR INNOCENT BUT ‘TARGETED’ CITIZENS?

Gang stalking, menacing with a motor vehicle, surreptitious home entries, vandalism of property and personal effects, and covert assault with hi-tech microwave radiation weapons have been unconstitutionally decriminalized in the metro New York area and throughout the nation under the convenient banner of the “war on terror”…

FOR THE FULL POST, SEE:

http://My.NowPublic.com RE: "Gestapo USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 19, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

To what end is the list of bonus recipients being demanded by Mr. Cuomo ? Mr. Liddy testified under oath that the Federal Reserve approved the bonuses. That is the arm of the Federal Government that has been leading Wall Street through the current crisis, who AIG has been reporting to and directed by. So now, what is happending ? Another arm of the Federal Government is going to beat up on the people, most of whom make less than unionized autoworkers, who got the bonuses that the Federal Government approved, with the support of a New York State Attorney General who is, shall we say, very selective about what he prosecutes, in other words who has very questionable ethics. In effect, with Andrew Cuomo acting as the "muscle" for the "dissident" arm of the Federal Government, mainly to make a spectacle, for his own political gain. And we admonish Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chuck Grassley for their support of the upcomiong "beat downs", and for his numbness to Mr. Liddy's very legitimate concern for the physical security of the AIG employees. We also admonish Senator Grassley for his grotesque suicide joke. What if stock brokers started telling jokes about farmers stumbling in hunger and getting run over by their combines. Would that be funny ? No it would not.

Perhaps Congressman Frank and Attorney General Cuomo and Senator Grassley would like to get a video camera, as some thugs start to beat up some AIG secretaries and clerks, and they and their associates can watch the video for their amusement with Mr. Cuomo buying the popcorn. I was physically threatened once in connection with the financial services industry, threatened with being "knee-capped" if I did not shut up about about a certain pension fund at a large hospital. I reported it to the law enforcement division of the U.S. Department of Treasury - and they would not even return my call. They would not even return the call. A number of years ago, a whistleblower at Putnam Mutual Funds in Boston got their head bashed in by someone with a brick. Did the law enforcement people do anything then ? No, of course not. The FBI ignores complaints from the financial services industry - that's reality. It's been that way for years. They don't care.

So if Mr. Liddy says they are getting threats of physical violence and/or death threats; America should not allow morally corrupt politicians like Barney Frank, Chuck Grassley, and Andrew Cuomo to gain in the bloodsport. And maybe for once, the law enforcement people at F.B.I. could get off their duffs and investigate the complaints even though they actually like seeing people from the financial services industry get hurt.

Congress, with Andrew Cuomo as hired muscle, is using the rank and file AIG people as a punching bag, and that is really quite disgusting.

Matt Lechner - CFP, CRPS, CIMA, FRM
Chairman - WSSIG, the Wall Street Special Interest Group

Posted by: snorfy | March 19, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

In New York State the Attorney General office has often been a stepping stone to higher office. Republican Tom Dewey's crusader reputation took him to the Governorship and to the presidential nomination.

Posted by: btm11 | March 19, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse


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Do something -- tell your story to the American Civil Liberties Union (link below).

And read in the "comments" section the ongoing account of a journalist in search of his First Amendment rights.

Then demand that ACLU renew its free speech fight by filing a class-action suit against unconstitutional, rogue government surveillance operations.

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

***

FIX READERS:

The commentary I attempted to post a couple of minutes ago elicited a "held for blog owner" message -- even though only foul language causes posts here to be rejected.

I believe this is blatant, flagrant prior restraint/censorship of political speech on the web by unrepentant authoritarians in positions of power in our federal government.

Yesterday, I first learned of a Bush-Cheney "doctrine" of "ideological exclusion" -- apparently used to bar political "activists" from abroad from visiting the United States.

Now I am wondering if authoritarians within the bureaucracy are using this doctrine to censor political speech in this county.

Please visit the "Free Speech: Internet Filters" thread of http://blog.aclu.org and join the fight to RESTORE FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA.

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

'Maureen Dowd' and 'journalism' don't belong in the same sentence.

She may be amusing at times, but is more shallow than the kiddie pool.

Posted by: drindl | March 19, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

more power to Cuomo.
I have always liked him too.

Someone from the Cuomo family was married to Kerry Kennedy (i think it was Kerry).
They are divorced now i think.
Ironic.....the wedding of Cuomo and Kennedy, way back a few years, was
the destination that JFK Jr was going, on the plane, that crashed.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 19, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

drindl...
yes....the big controversy about "release the second half of the Econ Stab. Act of 2008, the TARP funds" in the wee small hours of the Obama administration.
Releasing meant finding out.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if [Maureen Dowd] classifies her journalism tame or aggressive as her stick is always deriding someone."


You are overly generous in characterizing her as a journalist. She is more entertainer than investigator.


.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 19, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have him challenge Obama in 2012. Thus far, Obama has been a disappointment. The man has no bols.

Posted by: IpiTombi | March 19, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

You guy's must be getting the good crack. Rudy standing a chance for Gov. If he even runs I'm leaving NY. I don't know if you know how lowly we New Yorkers are viewing the Rethuglican party these days...not that I view the Dimocrats as much better. But least their graft isn't a well organized as the thugs.

Posted by: elgunjduts | March 19, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit it. I am amazed and saddened by the partisan bickering. You suicidal twits have chosen up sides and cheer yourselves silly for "your side", no matter how many fouls they commit, no matter how awful they are, no matter how much harm they do to you. Understand one thing, the NeoCons and the NeoLiberals are equally bad. Rush Limbauh is no different than Dick Durbin, Chris Dodd no different than Dick Cheney, Obama no different than Bush, and you poor suckers have been divided up into brain dead camps, like cattle waiting to be led through a labyrinth of rails to be milked or slaughtered. Morons. Both Parties are composed of self serving gasbags that blather on the House or Senate floor for nothing more than public consumption and pal around after hours. Suckers!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 19, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'll be honest; I'm just a regular guy w/ regular issues, but had always been waiting to see if this guy really had guts.

He does. Kudos to Cuomo.

Posted by: Capsheaf | March 19, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Lest we forget, Maureen Dowd at the NYT called out Cuomo's aggressive pursuit of AIG at the end of her op-ed yesterday."
------
Oh???
I'm a fan of Maureen Dowd but I wonder if she classifies her journalism tame or aggressive as her stick is always deriding someone. Sometimes amusing. Sometimes, she is way off but I alway excused it as having to come up with some angle, something to say each week even if she's got writer's block. The pressure must be intense.

Posted by: d-seid | March 19, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it's drudgites that have invaded here today, a species of insect, generally considered to be the lowest life form. Closely related to dittoheads, of course, with a similar insect mind.

Posted by: drindl | March 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Lest we forget, Maureen Dowd at the NYT called out Cuomo's aggressive pursuit of AIG at the end of her op-ed yesterday.

Posted by: laloomis | March 19, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Sure nuff, it was Bush how approved the AIG bonuses....


"Bloomberg News reports that Neil Barofsky, inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), told the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee today that the Bush administration “specifically contemplated” paying bonuses to AIG employees in its November agreement to provide federal bailout funds to the failing insurance giant:

The TARP contract between AIG and Treasury “specifically contemplated the payment of bonuses and retention payments to AIG employees, including AIG’s senior partners,” Barofsky said."

Posted by: drindl | March 19, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

It's directly related to how much money Obama and others (gop and dems) got from AIG
3/19/2009 12:47:25 PM
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Ah, the man/chicks of Limbaugh have waddled in, good to see -- how can you enlighten us today?

Let's see: "Liberals are so attuned to the 'shallow' that they can only promote those with celebrity or inherited names."

That's brilliant, have you ever thought of trolling?

I've heard trolls have a free ride, no known enemies, at all...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

A shake-down Artist, who is out to fine anybody and everybody for the coffers of New York. Mr. Cuomo habitually forgets that New York is not the United States and he is not the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the Federal Government.

All he is doing is trying to make a name for himself and we saw what happened to the last NYAG who pulled these games, while he was in office.

All fluff and no substance.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Cuomo's stature in NY has risen as steadily as Paterson's has plummeted.

Posted by: drindl | March 19, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

REICHWING LIARS AND HYPOCRITES

"Ever since the excessive bonuses for AIG were revealed, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been in a tizzy, declaring that “rewarding senior executives who created this mess is nothing short of an outrage.” Yesterday, his spokesman, Brad Dayspring, said that Cantor believed that the controversy created “serious questions about the job performance” of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

But on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Cantor was unable to take a position on how to recoup the bonuses. Pressed repeatedly by Lawrence O’Donnell on how he would vote on the House bill “to seize those bonuses back,” Cantor refused to give a straight answer, simply saying, “I want to get those bonus payments back in”:

CANTOR: I’m going to get those bonus payments back in. Because, you know…

O’DONNELL: How are you going to do it? How are you going to get that money back?

CANTOR: Well, first of all, we put in — there was an announcement of a bill yesterday which directs Treasury Secretary Geithner to come out with how he’s going to get it back in. I mean, how in the world…

O’DONNELL: Oh, so you’re going to say, Tim, could you please get it back? I don’t know how. Could you please do it?

The closest Cantor came to saying how he would vote was, “I think you’re going find a lot of support in the House on both sides of the aisle.” O’Donnell interpreted this as, Cantor, the House Minority Whip, saying that “he’s going to let colleagues vote for it.”

Posted by: drindl | March 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I didn't want Gov. Paterson to appoint Andrew Cuomo to Clinton's vacant senate seat because I wanted him to continue doing the fantastic job as NY's atttorney General. His office has been totally accessible to aggrieved New Yorker seeking justice. But now if he wants to run for governor, I will support him. One thing to those residing outside New York who haven't been following his career in public service, New Yorkers have watched him grow up and he has always been direct, even blunt, in his positions. He speaks his mind. These qualities that are now much appreciated in pursuing financial scamming that has brought our economy to its knees. Compare his direct demeanor to Treasury Secretary Geithner's who is always is hedging, concealing his true positions with fast slick talk while his eyes flash and shift, unable to look one straight in the eye. Cuomo is solid.

Posted by: d-seid | March 19, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Hi:

Liberals are so attuned to the 'shallow' that they can only promote those with celebrity or inherited names.....

OK, two things:

1) See the other posts on GOP celebrity politicians.

2) If you read the Fix piece, you'll note that Andrew Cuomo is regarded as highly competent as Attorney General. Leading the charge against AIG bonuses, stopping short-selling, etc. People with famous names can still be accomplished, right?

3) Why does George put shallow in quotes? Your point rests on the belief that liberal support for Cuomo is indeed shallow. Putting quotes around the word separates us from that meaning, and makes your post less clear. Please don't post without more than a "shallow" understanding of diction/grammar. Thanks.

Posted by: to426 | March 19, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Liberals are so attuned to the 'shallow' that they can only promote those with celebrity or inherited names....."

Gee, I wonder what you'd call a party that promoted Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sonny Bono, Gopher from the Love Boat, Fred Thompson, Ronald Reagan . . .

Posted by: nodebris | March 19, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Liberals are so attuned to the 'shallow' that they can only promote those with celebrity or inherited names....."


Its almost as if Bush 43 never existed.


.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 19, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!

Another democrat family dynasty wanna-be....

Liberals are so attuned to the 'shallow' that they can only promote those with celebrity or inherited names.....

Posted by: georgedixon1 | March 19, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, now we all know why he was passed over for appointment to the open U.S. Senate seat! Who-da-thought, an actual honest politician! After Dodd's prevarications, Obama's dodging and weaving (when most of us are now convinced he knew all about the bonus loophole), after his continuing to allow job outsourcing, after Pelosi's cozying up to illegals, after Eric Holder's crooked business dealings, after all of the blathering by the crooks that composes the Republican leadership, after all of that, an honest to god politician that looks for the truth. Can N.Y. share him him with the rest of us? Please?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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