Chris Hayes on what Democratic voters nationwide should remember about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2016. (11/18/2012)
File under food for thought.
“So what do we know that we didn’t know last week? We now know that Democrats cannot count on New York’s supposedly Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo as an ally and every Democratic primary voter in the entire country should know that too. We already knew that in the run up to the election, Andrew Cuomo, whose aspirations for national office are well-known, did essentially nothing to aid the Democratic Party in its quest to take back the the State Senate from Republicans.”
“Despite the fact that he’s the leader of the Democratic Party in the state, and wishes someday to be the Democratic nominee for President, Cuomo has refused to intervene with Felder, saying he won’t insert himself into the controversy. And watching all this unfold, one can’t help but suspect Andrew Cuomo actually does not want a Democratic majority in the State Senate because a Republican majority gives him more of an opportunity to burnish his bipartisan compromiser bona fides before launching his presidential campaign. And much, much, much more insidiously, we suspect he doesn’t want a Democratic majority because said majority stands ready to pass a whole raft of incredibly important, ground-breaking progressive legislation, including public financing for elections, marijuana decriminalization, and a minimum wage hike, among others. The governor says he favors all those policies, but in this case, he sure is not acting like it. We’re almost entirely sure that very soon Andrew Cuomo will be coming before many of the people watching this show, asking for your support in a Democratic primary race to be the next president. You should remember this remarkably cynical display when he does.”
And if Republicans get their majority, with the tacit support of Cuomo, the governor will have once again shown that he is not the progressive figure he will likely try to sell himself as if he runs for president. His tenure so far has been marked by flashy liberal victories on issues like gay marriage, along with a quietly conservative economic agenda: A property tax cap, total neglect of mass transit, and (partial) support for fracking. Even on economic issues where Cuomo has more liberal priorities, he rarely pushes his Republican friends particularly hard. (A Republican-controlled state Senate will almost certainly block a minimum wage increase Cuomo ostensibly supports.) There’s a reason, in other words, that the National Review loves him.
Looks like Chauncey Gardiner is in for an unhappy ending:
Less than 24 hours after Alvin Greene’s surprise win in the South Carolina Democratic Senate primary, the state party has asked him to withdraw from the race because of a pending felony charge. [...]
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Greene is facing felony charges for displaying pornographic pictures to a University of South Carolina student.
The perfect candidate... if you're a Republican. Isn't porn their department?
Wait... is Greene a plant? And by plant, I don't mean poison ivy.
Or maybe I do.
Greene stunned observers Tuesday when he won the nomination. He raised no money and put up no campaign website but beat former four-term state lawmaker Vic Rawl 59 percent to 41 percent.
Seems Chauncey won't "be there" much longer.
The Pennsylvania polls have closed.
Keith Olbermann just reported, via Andrea Mitchell, that two Specter supporters say Specter cannot overcome margin opened up by Sestak. They don't think he can win.
Howard Fineman agrees.
As of now, with 55% in, Specter is behind Sestak 53%-47%.
60.7% in, 53.3% to 46.7%
SESTAK WINS, CALLED by Olbermann (per Associated Press)!
Note: Blog title edited to reflect.
Paddy referenced this in her daily links post. It's time to give Charlevoix County Commissioner Connie Saltonstall a lot more attention. Stupak needs to be replaced by, you know, an actual Democrat:
On Monday, Saltonstall, a former teacher who lost a state representative race in 2008, announced her intentions to challenge Stupak, who has represented Michigan's First Congressional District since 1993.
Saltonstall on Stupak's anti-abortion views:
He "has a right to his personal, religious views, but to deprive his constituents of needed health care reform because of those views is reprehensible"
We need C Street Stupak out. His insistence on anti-choice language in the bill has blocked health care reform. Let's do everything we can to support his opponent.
11362 Boyne City Rd
Charlevoix MI, 49720
Phone: (231) 547-2138
Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D) will file papers this week to challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) in a Democratic U.S. Senate primary this fall, reports WREG-TV.
"Halter's spokesman provided a statement Monday in which the one-term lieutenant governor said he would file papers for the U.S. Senate this week. Halter is the only Democrat to formally announce a challenge to Lincoln as she seeks a third term."
New York Times: "The primary challenge from Mr. Halter, who worked as an official in the Clinton administration, could increase the pressure on Ms. Lincoln to step aside. Her office had no immediate comment on Mr. Halter's decision to enter the race."
My original post on the potential "new rules" can be found here.
Frank Leone, a DNC member from Viriginia, reports on the weekend's meetings to schedule 2012 presidential nominating contests.
"As to timing, the discussion was relatively brief and consistent with prior discussions -- Iowa/NH/SC/Nevada can go after Feb. 1, every other state goes after March 1, the rules should encourage regional clusters by offering incentives such as bonus delegates, the RBC will address enforcement procedures and sanctions, and the DNC will try to coordinate timing with the RNC rules committee. The RNC coordination process is ongoing."
Nothing is in stone yet. As for coordination, come on, this is the Democratic party we're talking about here. Snerk.
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