New York Times:
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.