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Gov. Cuomo and the science of Political Decay

John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

“Follow the science” is what progressive Democrats demand when the science suits them.

And yet, like Pavlov’s salivating dog and the meat powder, a whiff of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prompts a predictable, conditioned response: a barking chorus of “whatabout whatabout” Ted Cruz or other Republicans.

There are plenty of Republicans to choose from, but as Cuomo began to publicly dissolve, it was Cruz, the conservative senator of Texas, who served up an awkward feast of himself. Cruz flew to sunny Cancun while his constituents were suffering and dying without power during a killer cold snap. He made it worse with a weasel trick, shifting the blame to his family for his jetting off to Mexico. His sin was about optics. And he deserves to pay for it.

But it wasn’t Cruz who ordered senior citizens infected with COVID-19 back into nursing homes. Cuomo did that. It wasn’t Cruz who allegedly manipulated the numbers of nursing home deaths, now under federal investigation, while writing a book about his admirable handling of the health pandemic. Cuomo did that.

Cuomo’s decisions regarding COVID-19 patients allegedly harmed thousands of seniors. Letitia James, Democrat and New York attorney general, issued a report on the undercounting of deaths. The New York Post reported on an admission of a cover-up, and investigations began amid Democrat vs. Democrat bullying and shrieking.

But is this just a New York fight or does it suggest a larger truth about where American politics is heading?

 

The progressives aren’t merely influencing Democratic politics. In the deep blue states, they’ve taken control as the old party apparatus crumbles. The violent summer protests were about flexing muscle. Liberal Democratic mayors cowered and were overwhelmed in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and Seattle.

Progressive muscle now is about taking out Cuomo, which is critical to protect the ambitions of their real champion, Vice President Kamala Harris. Prior to Cuomo’s meltdown, oddsmakers already were evaluating a Cuomo vs. Harris matchup in the 2024 presidential primary.

“Cuomo is in trouble,” David Marcus, the New York correspondent for the conservative Federalist site and other publications, including the New York Post, explained on my podcast, “The Chicago Way.”

“We’ve known for months and months now something fishy was going on with the numbers from the nursing homes,” Marcus said. “Progressive Attorney General Letitia James released a report saying Cuomo basically lied and undercounted nursing home deaths.

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