RIP Mario Cuomo – The Man Who Could Have Been President


New York Times:

Mario Cuomo, Governor, Governor’s Father and an Eloquent Liberal Beacon, Dies at 82

Mario M. Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who commanded the attention of the country with a compelling public presence, a forceful defense of liberalism and his exhaustive ruminations about whether to run for president, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

His family confirmed the death, which occurred only hours after Mr. Cuomo’s son Andrew M. Cuomo was inaugurated in Manhattan for a second term as governor.

Mario Cuomo led New York during a turbulent time, 1983 through 1994. His ambitions for an activist government were thwarted by recession. He found himself struggling with the State Legislature not over what the government should do but over what programs should be cut, and what taxes should be raised, simply to balance the budget.

Uh, the recession ended in 1983 and the second half of the Eighties were good economic times.

In 1984 Cuomo gave a speech at the Democratic convention. Democrats lost that year, but that speech got them all excited. But he didn’t run in 1988 or 1992. He was the frontrunner in 1992 and could have cake-walked to the nomination but George H. W. Bush was really popular in 1990 and 1991, so he sat out. That allowed a small-state governor to claim the nomination and then some other stuff happened and Bill Clinton became President.

If Cuomo would have run he would probably have been our 42nd President, but he missed his chance. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

We’ll be hearing lots of nice things about Mario Cuomo in the next few days. Some of it will even be true. My condolences to his family and friends.

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135 Responses to RIP Mario Cuomo – The Man Who Could Have Been President

  1. Myiq2xu says:

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Coulda, woulda, shoulda been Bill Clinton’s VP. I think he coulda won 2000 in a cakewalk, or not, Clinton fatigue woulda still been heavy baggage but Florida shoulda been a breezy win 😉

    R.I.P Mario.

  3. HELENK3 says:

    band of brothers

    I did not know that sharpton got stabbed and sued the police dept back in the 80s

    • piper says:

      The real question is how did rev. al stab himself so he could punish others for his misdeed. Some people worked at real jobs, Rev. Al made big time money by playing the racist card over and over. No reason why he can’t pay his tax bill with his ill-gotten money.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Doesn’t owing all that money make Sharpton a felon ? Yet he’s allowed free access to our White House (or my new fav…Barackingham Palace). The city of Ferguson should sue him to help repair their burned down businesses.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Not necessarily. Depends on various elements of action or inaction. Usually debt is civil, not criminal.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Why do so many go to jail for evading them ? I guess that’s what’s confusing me. I read an article on Sharpton abusing the financial laws of his pac, like borrowing money from it and other abuses. He’s just such an icky man, I want him to go away!

          • 49erDweet says:

            Avoiding taxes by an illegal means, ie: evading, can be criminal, if all the elements line up and the DOJ doesn’t like you. However, if you are a currently popular political star your chances of having grief are either slim or none.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Ie: Prosecutorial discretion.

    • piper says:

      Another good read – two points of interest
      “Leftism has always been about revenge. The works of Marx are filled with fantasies of retribution and judgment. Their tone reeks of resentment and paranoia, with blame cast for even the most trivial. “The bourgeoisie,” Marx once declared in a letter to Engels, “will remember my carbuncles until their dying day.” That’s leftism in a nutshell.

      American leftism has always been about magnifying trivial complaints to serve as excuses for revolutionary action.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Barclays Center is in Brooklyn, not far from where the officers were gunned down. Do you think Philly would be even better for the Dems ? Safe bet to go with Columbus, if they still want them. I wouldn’t, with all those nasty protestors blocking this and that for attention because CAMERAS. Thanks Obots, you built that.

      • Lulu says:

        I don’t think they care about it being dangerous but rather about a bunch of demonstrations. It looks shitty when your own favorite interest group has a picket line in front of the door and the cops let them harass people which is what would happen in NYC. More cause and effect for the party of stupid.

      • Jadzia says:

        I would think that the dems would want to go with a swing state this time, not NY… it’s not going to be an easy election.

    • Anthony says:

      I sure hope they lose the bid. I can’t stand the thought of the whole neighborhood being clogged up with them. When the Republicans did it in 2004, I almost got my crazy ass thrown in the slammer

  4. HELENK3 says:

    saw this on facebook today and wanted to share it

  5. HELENK3 says:

    a good question. is it time for a SECOND political party?

    • DeniseVB says:

      We’re only about a year away from the first primary, they better get hopping. I think a serious Libertarian effort may work in today’s political climate. Minus the nutjobs of course. Otherwise those young whacko birds really don’t have a chance up against Rove’s establishment party for the rich and famous.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Oh, from the article, this reminded me of what DT said about “the idiot politicians taking turns destroying the country”

      Perhaps it’s time for these very same conservative voters to recognize (and admit publicly) that our nation is being controlled by what is in fact a single party of elitists who simply exchange their roles every few years to continue their joint efforts to maintain the illusion that we, the common voter, control our own destinies.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Yep. Time for people across the spectrum to understand they’re being had. Not sure what to do. Creating a party is hard. And there’s no guarantee it would just be owned by the same oligarchy. At least vote for individuals on their record, and mess with them by having power vary between the parties frequently in the hopes of causing some trouble. Also vote with your feet and money.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Funny that I remember thinking to myself OWS and the Tea Party had more in common than differences. Anti-Crony Capitalism was their basic connection. Maybe why some of us were rooting for that early OWS effort, but then came the rape tents, drum circles and cop car pooping and we stopped “waiting for it” to happen. Twinkles down 😉

          Now there would be the political force to contend with.

          • DandyTIger says:

            Who knew the rape tents would turn into the lefts entire political message going forward. The world is a rape tent, and you need OWS/Dems to protect you.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Well, if you call self-reliance for one and hands out to gov’t for the other as “in common”, then “yeah, see what you mean”. 🙂

        • foxyladi14 says:

          Amen Dandy. 🙂

        • 49erDweet says:

          Yeah. I like that “mess with them” advice. If they’ve already lied to you….pretend to believe them but when crunch time comes drop ’em like a rock. No money, no yard signs, no votes. And tell your friends and family.

    • HELENK3 says:

      the Koch Brothers were no where near him

    • Myiq2xu says:

      A goat kicked him. No means no.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I shouldn’t laugh, poor guy, but couldn’t help but think it could have been the same goons hired to rough up Hillary during those Benghazi hearings…not too much, but to delay her testimony until AFTER the 2012 election. My bad.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Th bigger they are the harder they fall. 🙂

    • piper says:

      I’m so bad but I like to know if he was sober during his session. What kind of exercise equipment was he using when he was smacked. Bet his health insurance covered all costs.

      • DeniseVB says:

        He’s 75, probably not bench pressing 400lbs. 😉

        • Jadzia says:

          And that right there is one big reason that the Dems do not currently have a future. Is there a single nationally known Democrat under the age of 50? Other than MAYBE Cory Booker, who has been having some PR problems lately? The Republicans are going to win the demographic war because they have a bunch of younger people who are either credible candidates now or will be so by the election after this one.

          When I look at my FB full of people whining that the Republicans are the party of “old white men,” I look at the pictures of the Democratic leadership, look back at the FB post, look at the pictures of the Democratic leadership, and wonder what it is that I’m missing! Are Pelosi and Reid and Biden et al. aware that they are not actually going to live forever?

          • Jadzia says:

            I guess what I’m saying is that for the long-term health of the team, you gotta have a JV squad, you gotta develop your up and comers. The Republicans are doing that. The Dems are not.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            You need turnover at the top, too. Harry and Nancy should have stepped down so new blood could move up.

            They should have nominated Hillary in 2008 and made Obama VP – then he would only be 55 years old when he ran to take her place in 2016. Now all their top-tier candidates are past retirement age.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s what rich people do. Though I think she was more content sipping on those rare scotches and wines. Besides, eating at the commoners’ diners are only for campaign photo ops. They’re just like us !

  6. Myiq2xu says:

    This was the last play I watched of the Rose Bowl:

    The Heisman committee wants their trophy back.

  7. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from Marge

  8. foxyladi14 says:

    Sad but true. 😡

    • 49erDweet says:

      Didn’t see this mentioned anywhere, but if either (or both) of the victims were not black then the choice of that song was at least unfortunate, if not outright stupid. Whether she intended it or not, the appeals court may have been correct on this. IMO

  9. HELENK3 says:

    backtrack issues executive order increasing sanctions on North Korea. using the sony hack as one excuse.

    better hope it was not a sony insider that did the attack

    • HELENK3 says:

      US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on North Korea sanctions: ‘The actions taken today under the authority of the President’s new Executive Order will further isolate key North Korean entities and disrupt the activities of close to a dozen critical North Korean operatives. We will continue to use this broad and powerful tool to expose the activities of North Korean government officials and entities’ – statement

      • 1539days says:

        The sanctions against North Korea are less effective and more damaging to its citizens than the sanctions against Cuba, and yet we’ll still impose the sanctions against North Korea.

  10. HELENK3 says:

    interesting statement today
    34% of employees today are contract workers not permanent employees. Highest number ever
    businesses do not pay benefits to contract workers,

  11. Myiq2xu says:

    Old people are stupid (aka I have issues with my parents):

    Unfortunately, there is an older generation of Americans who think there is nothing that can be done to stop this trend. They have been convinced by popular media that corruption is inevitable. These are the same older Americans who are benefitting from the Social Security that was hard won after the last catastrophic depression. They were children back then. They benefitted from the post war economic expansion that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that conditions for working class Americans do not have to be one step away from destitution. It is not the natural order. But these older Americans fail to make the connection time after time. They have been taught to disbelieve their own past prosperity and the conditions that were necessary to keep the predators at bay.

    I blame TV.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I remember when older people not voting for Obama was proof their life experiences made them immune to his bullshit.

    • HELENK3 says:

      it seems to me that the idea of businesses without an overwhelming amount of regulation hire more people. those people shop and spend and that improves the economy. I was a very lucky person I was always able to find a job. Many today are not in that position. My children and grandchildren do not seem to have the opportunities that I did. There is too much interference from federal and state governments today. that is slowing down the economy. Also us old and doddering were taught self reliance and to be responsible for our actions and being hired by a company was a two way street. the gave you a salary and you gave them the work they needed to produce. Also we did try not to spend a lot more than we made and were not a throw away society.
      yes things are different today but things change and this country will be prosper again. it will take time and a lot of changes in expectations and a lot of work and a lot more people investigating before they vote.

      • elliesmom says:

        When my kids were ready to go out on their own, we had the “you have to start where we started, not where we are now” talk with them. I agree that kids have it harder at the moment, but part of the problem is their expectations about what things are necessary and what things are nice to have are different.

    • 49erDweet says:

      She’s correct about there being a slew of rampant stupidity afoot, but she’s confusing her mirror for a retirement home mirror.

    • 1539days says:

      She really hates any older people who watch Fox News, even though she supposedly blames all news for stupidity. Social Security was hard won by FDR to win elections and tends to pay off the current generation at the expense of the generation behind it. The post war expansion was due to American fiscal austerity after going into debt to finance WW2. LBJ ran us out of money and the country has gotten further into the red every year since the 60’s.

  12. Myiq2xu says:

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Twitchy has fun with owillis and his fauxrage over Trip Palin standing on a dog. Though I had dogs that size while raising 3 kids, not sure it was wise of Sarah to post these photos for the obvious outbursts of PDS, anyhoo, my dogs would never have tolerated this and kids would have been tossed out that window.

    • elliesmom says:

      Ellie will let my granddaughter do just about anything to her, including stand on her. She uses her for a pillow or a chair, Ellie lies down in front of the TV, and the kid lies on top of her. When the dog has had enough, she gently slides the kid off The dog is a total idiot for the kid.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I get that 🙂 I also get that Sarah was excited Special Trip (coughSpecialGregcough) made an effort to make that stepping stone. Methinks Lib-World would rather see the dog tear his legs off /snark

  14. DeniseVB says:

    This looks fun ….

  15. Myiq2xu says:

  16. Myiq2xu says:

    Friday Facepalm:

    Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration. The belief is we should not just want the clothes the model is wearing, but we should want to be her, look like her and live her glamorous life. According to Madison Avenue, I should believe that by slipping on a pair of Dior shades or spraying some Dior cologne I have, by proxy, been endowed with the golden goddess glory of Charlize Theron.

    There’s nothing remiss with this selling of fantasy and dreams until the thinking shifts that if it’s Jourdan Dunn wearing the gold dress in the Dior commercial it won’t sell Dior because no one aspires to be a gorgeous black woman—because black women, by virtue of their blackness, cannot be glamorous and aspirational. Michelle Obama be damned, they are the exotic other, alienating for wealthy white consumers and torpedoing your brand into nothingness.

    None of that is true for those brands who have booked black faces. Estee Lauder has not crumbled to dust because the perfect brown face of Joan Smalls represents it. J Crew did not give back the money it incidentally made off of Mrs. Obama. Yet the notion persists.

  17. Myiq2xu says:


    A man and a woman thought they were trapped in a Daytona State College closet for two days until police let them out Tuesday — and found out the two could have opened the door themselves.
    John Arwood, 31, and Amber Campbell, 25, claimed they were chased into the closet on Sunday, Daytona Beach police said.

    After two days in a Marine and Environmental Science Center janitor’s closet, where police found human feces and copper scouring pads sometimes used to smoke crack, Arwood called 911 from his cell phone, police said.

    Officers tracked his phone’s location and let him and Campbell out. It’s unclear why Arwood didn’t call 911 until Tuesday.

    A police officer, trying to figure out how the two could have gotten locked in, went into the closet and closed the door, police said. The door did not lock.

  18. Myiq2xu says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Yep, it was clearly not possible for gas to be below $2/gal., the left said so. Now of course it happened not because of policies per se, but instead because of the oil war going on with Saudi Arabia. But still, when the elite political class say pretty much anything, everyone should just point and laugh.

      • 1539days says:

        I saw gas below $2.50 today, which is amazing for New York state. At that level, the state starts getting less tax revenue per gallon.

  19. DandyTIger says:

    Speaking of american royalty, I’ve been thinking on Jeb for a while. Dubya almost destroyed the country. And Obama is even worse. I think Jeb is smarter than dubya, but then again, that worries me. What if he has many of the same people behind the scene, getting things done for the oligarchy, but just more efficiently than dubya or Obama. So I’d really like some fresh faces, and not a Bush or a Clinton (or a Cuomo). But here’s the thing, what an absolute slap in the face and complete repudiation of Obama and the Dems if Jeb did win. For that alone, I might have a bit of a soft spot for the idea. I might be going to hell for that thought.

  20. HELENK3 says:

    Country music legend and Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens dies at 94 – @tennessean

  21. HELENK3 says:

    so the next time there is a strike, due they expect police protection for their right to strike?

  22. 1539days says:

    Being from Upstate New York, I’ve never been a big fan of Mario Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo is the same way, wanting to turn the area into Buffalo. His presidential musings started because of a speech he gave at the convention, which is the way the Democrats have chosen presidents for the last 20 years. Cuomo gave a speech in 1984. Clinton gave a speech in 1988. Obama gave a speech in 2004.

    • Lulu says:

      Remember how they carried on about Clinton going over the time limit and he wouldn’t shut up? He was an ignorant hillbilly and stupid? On Cavuto yesterday they had video clips of Cuomo arguing with Cavuto. Cuomo was a moderate Clinton Democrat and would be considered a racist Republican today. The Dems have no idea what a pickle they are in with their currant crop of idiots. That is how far left they have gone.

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