POLITICS 2020: A DEMOCRAT LOVE-FEST IN NEW YORK
While life as usual went on in the rest of the world, on Long Island, in the State of New York, the top Democrats in all of America, and the world, for that matter, were there at the New York State Democrat Convention to show their deep and unabiding love not only for each other, but especially for Progressive Democrat Young Andy Cuomo, who received 95% of the vote as challenger Cynthia Nixon was given the cold shoulder by the party, this as they lay the groundwork for their assault on the Washington White House in 2020 with Young Andy Cuomo, who they call “The 21st Century Democrat,” as their presidential standard bearer.
As would be expected, the Democrat “Queen Mum” herself, Hillary Clinton, was there to deliver the keynote address.
America’s “Fighting Bulldog” Joe Biden was also there, to tell the world just how great Young Andy Cuomo really is, after telling everyone how great he is, as well.
And celebrity activist Cynthia Nixon was there to get snubbed.
All in all, a real true star-studded gathering, except for Democrat high-roller and Hillary Clinton campaign donor Harvey Weinstein, who was engaged elsewhere and couldn’t make it.
In the hype in the run-up to the convention, the New York Daily News ran a story entitled “Former Vice President Biden to address N.Y. Democratic convention — where he’s expected to endorse Cuomo” by Kenneth Lovett on May 22, 2018, where we were informed as follows:
ALBANY – Former Vice President Joe Biden will address the state Democratic convention on Thursday.
Biden is expected to endorse Gov. Cuomo, with whom he has a good relationship.
Biden as vice president and after appeared with Cuomo a number of times.
He headlined a fund-raiser for Cuomo in 2017 and was present in recent years at various announcements, including the rebuilding of LaGuardia Airport, the push for a $15 an hour state minimum wage and the federal funding for a photonics institute in Rochester.
Biden in 2015 called Cuomo “just about the best governor in the whole United States.”
Just about the best governor in the whole United States?
What a ringing endorsement that is.
I wonder who Joe Biden considers the best one to be?
As to Lady Hillary, the Albany, New York Times Union had an article about her appearance entitled “Churchill: A Clinton endorsement for Cuomo? Of course!” by Chris Churchill on May 21, 2018, where we learned this:
Albany – Hillary is with him, not her.
Clinton will endorse Andrew Cuomo’s reelection bid at Wednesday’s New York Democratic convention on Long Island, the New York Times first reported.
The governor, of course, is being challenged for the nomination by actor and activist Cynthia Nixon.
Hillary’s decision might be surprising if you believed the female solidarity, champion-of-women rhetoric employed during her campaign, along with the willingness to describe anyone who dared vote for Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump as sexist.
“Young women have to support Hillary Clinton,” former secretary of state Madeline Albright said at a campaign rally during the Democratic presidential primary, when Bernie was giving Hillary more difficulty than anyone expected.
“Just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
But of course, that was then, and this is now, that the twain are not the same, so too bad for Cynthia Nixon.
As to why that was in this case, the TU article continues as follows:
Gender aside, Clinton and Cuomo have much in common.
They are both center-left Democrats with famous last names who live in Westchester County and are especially good at raising money in ethically dubious ways from wealthy donors.
They are both, in other words, figures of the establishment who represent why voters distrust the establishment.
And how very true that last statement is about both of them being figures of the establishment who represent why voters distrust the establishment.
As to the immense political power Young Andy Cuomo enjoys in New York state, in what is now just another footnote in the run-up to the Democrat Convention, CNN had an article entitled “Cynthia Nixon gets big endorsement as NY Democrats face rupture” by Gregory Krieg on 15 APRIL 2018, where we were given this background, to wit:
The New York Working Families Party, an influential coalition of labor unions and progressive activist groups, voted on Saturday to endorse Cynthia Nixon in her primary challenge to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
After hours of discussion, and in defiance of pleas from state committee members pushing to delay the decision, the party formally broke its uneasy alliance with Cuomo, the two-term governor leading Nixon in one early poll by a 3-to-1 margin.
Taking the podium, Nixon thanked the committee members for their “courage” and called the WFP, which has come under assault this week from inside and out — with two major unions leaving the fold in protest after it became clear Nixon was all but locked into the endorsement — the “political home for progressives in New York State, and a source of grassroots muscle for the movement.”
Now, that is an interesting statement, that the Working Families Party is the “political home for progressives in New York State, and a source of grassroots muscle for the movement,” when Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Young Andy Cuomo are claiming that mantle for the Democrat party, instead.
Getting back to the CNN article, we have:
In so publicly rejecting Cuomo, the small party now finds itself at the center of a wider conflict pitting the state’s liberal establishment against a growing progressive movement.
To put a fine point on it, Nixon welcomed another endorsement earlier in the day from the New York Progressive Action Network, an organization formed by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.
There are some interesting political dynamics going on here behind the scenes, that much is for certain, anyway.
Getting back to CNN:
The Cuomo campaign, in a statement released after the WFP vote, touted the governor’s liberal record and alluded to his recent role in brokering an end to a power-sharing deal between state Senate Republicans and a breakaway group of Democratic lawmakers.
“After nearly a decade of discord, we have a united Democratic Party, and the governor is 100 percent focused on maintaining that unity to fight Trump in Washington, take back the House and win the state Senate,” Abbey Fashouer, a Cuomo campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Trump is the political boogie-man, of course, the bête noire who gives the Democrats something to rail against, and rally against, to bind them together as a potent political force in 2020, because if they didn’t have Trump, they would have nothing at all, and that is a fact.
Getting back to the CNN story:
The WFP vote was, as one attendee muttered on her way into the downtown Albany hotel earlier in the day, “kind of a foregone conclusion” after Cuomo on Friday evening announced he would no longer seek the party’s backing.
His decision to cede the fight, a move critics dismissed as a transparent attempt to save face, followed a dramatic 24-hour unraveling within the WFP, as union backers fled under what party leaders described as pressure from Cuomo.
“In a meeting earlier this week, the governor was threatening people,” WFP State Director Bill Lipton said on Friday.
“Several times, he said ‘if unions or anyone give money to any of these groups, they can lose my number.'”
Lipton kept up the conciliatory tone on Saturday, casting the union defectors not as turncoats, but victims of a pressure campaign by Cuomo and his allies.
As the rift became clear, and The New York Times published a report detailing a behind-the-scenes pressure campaign, the WFP’s Lipton wrote in a fundraising email that unions’ absence will “hit us hard.”
Then he turned his attention to Cuomo.
“I want to be clear about what’s happening: rather than go before the members of our State Committee this weekend and make an argument as to why he deserves our endorsement, Governor Cuomo has instead chosen to respond the only way he knows how: retaliating with bullying and threats,” Lipton wrote.
“In doing so, he has put our union sisters and brothers in an almost impossible spot.”
Here we are getting a first-hand opportunity to see the hard-ball, power politics that underlie presidential campaigns in action.
Getting back to the CNN article:
After the WFP meeting was adjourned on Saturday, Nixon was asked about the damaging battles of the past few days.
Like Lipton, she accused Cuomo of attempting to drive out his political opponents with too heavy a hand — and worried that it would cripple the organizations that rely in large part on labor’s support to fund their work.
“The part of this week that has troubled me the most is the threats that we have heard coming to defund not only the Working Families Party, but the community groups that have failed to endorse the governor,” she told reporters.
“I don’t think the governor’s demand for loyalty should go that far.”
“I think this is a democracy and people should endorse the people they want to endorse and not have their livelihoods put in danger.”
And there we have it, people, the lead-in to the big Democrat Love-Fest in New York starring Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Young Andy Cuomo, and a cast of thousands, with Cynthia Nixon as the outsider looking in.
More is yet to come, so don’t touch that dial!