“Observe the science” is what progressive Democrats demand when the science fits them.
And but, like Pavlov’s salivating canine and the meat powder, a whiff of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prompts a predictable, conditioned response: a barking refrain of “whatabout whatabout” Ted Cruz or different Republicans.
There are many Republicans to select from, however as Cuomo started to publicly dissolve, it was Cruz, the conservative senator of Texas, who served up a clumsy feast of himself. Cruz flew to sunny Cancun whereas his constituents have been struggling and dying with out energy throughout a killer chilly snap. He made it worse with a weasel trick, shifting the blame to his household for his jetting off to Mexico. His sin was about optics. And he deserves to pay for it.
Nevertheless it wasn’t Cruz who ordered senior residents contaminated with COVID-19 again into nursing properties. Cuomo did that. It wasn’t Cruz who allegedly manipulated the numbers of nursing residence deaths, now beneath federal investigation, whereas writing a e book about his admirable dealing with of the well being pandemic. Cuomo did that.
Cuomo’s selections concerning COVID-19 sufferers allegedly harmed 1000’s of seniors. Letitia James, Democrat and New York lawyer basic, issued a report on the undercounting of deaths. The New York Publish reported on an admission of a cover-up, and investigations started amid Democrat vs. Democrat bullying and shrieking.
However is that this only a New York struggle or does it counsel a bigger reality about the place American politics is heading?
The progressives aren’t merely influencing Democratic politics. Within the deep blue states, they’ve taken management because the previous occasion equipment crumbles. The violent summer season protests have been about flexing muscle. Liberal Democratic mayors cowered and have been overwhelmed in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and Seattle.
Progressive muscle now’s about taking out Cuomo, which is essential to guard the ambitions of their actual champion, Vice President Kamala Harris. Previous to Cuomo’s meltdown, oddsmakers already have been evaluating a Cuomo vs. Harris matchup within the 2024 presidential major.
“Cuomo is in bother,” David Marcus, the New York correspondent for the conservative Federalist website and different publications, together with the New York Publish, defined on my podcast, “The Chicago Approach.”
“We have recognized for months and months now one thing fishy was occurring with the numbers from the nursing properties,” Marcus stated. “Progressive Lawyer Common Letitia James launched a report saying Cuomo principally lied and undercounted nursing residence deaths.
“[Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] of New York referred to as for an investigation. Democrats referred to as for impeachment, taking away Cuomo’s powers. It is a mess. The media is making an attempt to guard him, however that is arduous to do.”
After the mass looting and violence of these “principally peaceable” protests over the summer season within the large Democratic cities, we have all proved prone to being dazzled hearth and anger and spin, a lot in order that typically we do not see the factor in entrance of us.
What Cuomo allegedly did to the seniors sentenced to dying in New York nursing properties is his doing, his fault and his sin. His alone. Make no mistake about this. He deserves what’s coming.
And what’s occurring to Cuomo is what occurred to Democratic mayors in large cities throughout these “principally peaceable” protests: The previous Democrats are being devoured the progressives who’ve taken management of city politics.
“The Democratic Social gathering in large cities is not the large machine that it as soon as was, but Cuomo nonetheless operates as if he is a boss of Democratic machine politics,” Marcus stated on “The Chicago Approach.”
“However it is a post-machine political age.”
Certainly. It’s a reality discovered firsthand, way of pricey experimentation within the final political and organic laboratories of America. It has been discovered each liberal Democratic big-city mayor through the summer season, as their downtown enterprise districts have been looted and burned.
The mayors could be liberal, however they’re no match for the power of the progressives. And the panorama that nurtured the previous Democratic bosses, just like the Daleys in Chicago, like Cuomo’s personal father, Mario, in New York, has shifted.
“Progressive teams just like the ‘justice Democrats,’ are doing an finish run across the occasion machines that not have the patronage operations that they as soon as did,” Marcus stated. “And Cuomo’s studying that. He isn’t the boss within the occasion the way in which his dad was within the 1980s. The politics are totally different.'”
What’s totally different? The Democratic Social gathering has all the time been a giant tent occasion of competing pursuits. The patronage was easy and understood: Get out the vote and preserve your metropolis job and pension.
What’s modified is that the previous bulls misplaced management. The brand new Democratic patronage is discovered within the public employees unions, the general public schoolteachers and others. They flexed their muscle in the summertime. Now they wish to use it some extra. They usually’ll use it to rid the political world of potential rivals to Harris.
Till he started to break down, Cuomo had been propped up a lot of the media, CNN particularly, in these painful, cloying interviews along with his brother Chris and different shops.
The governor was even given an Emmy for his dealing with of COVID-19 information conferences when he was posed, like an anti-Trump model, as a substitute for the fastidiously scripted Joe Biden. However that is over.
Biden is president. Cuomo fights for his life. Harris waits for a gap. As soon as the meat powder was within the air, the remainder was inevitable political biology, the place solely the sturdy survive.
And that is science too, is not it?
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