During a debate with chief challenger Cynthia Nixon, Gov.Cuomo took to asking if he would become president in 2020.

"I run for Governor, not for President," Cuomo replied, then added, "Only if God kills me is the caveat, otherwise I'll be Governor of New York for four years."

But now that Nixon is roadkill, the question becomes, how will Cuomo wiggle out of the box? How will he justify breaking his word and playing against President Trump in 2020?

We will get the answer in time, but we should expect him to run for the next presidential election.

His ambition combined with the irreconcilable reality of politics almost guarantees it.

In addition, Cuomo would be foolish to miss his chance after his methodical 31-point demolition of Nixon.

If he wins the parliamentary elections in November, as it seems likely, he will be considered the top candidate for the Democratic nomination and possibly the top candidate.

In case Cuomo is tempted to wait another four years, he should study the warning story of his GOP buddy Chris Christie.

The former governor of New Jersey rode in full swing in 2011, and many Republicans demanded that he aim for the 2012 nomination. He refused and said he was not ready. Big mistake.

He was ready by 2016, but it was too late. His approval ratings were in a free fall and he was a bankrupt on the national stage. He is now out of politics.

Of course, many New Yorkers think it's crazy that Cuomo is even considered a presidential material. You've seen the dark reality of his eight years in Albany-the job killing taxes, the waste and corruption empire brought about by his white elephant boondoggles, his dirty political tricks, and a weatherproof approach to education and energy policy.

There is also the weirdness factor, which is reflected in his often restrained personality and his insane attempts at humor. He carries a permanent chip about his class and ethnicity and even manages to keep a secret as to whether he is married to Sandra Lee.

But the 30,000-foot Liberal point of view is far better and will be very appealing if he is re-elected. He would be a three-year winner in a big blue state with liberal achievements that party rivals can only dream of. And the name Cuomo is still magical thanks to his deceased father.

Andrew Cuomo also offers a link to Dems' centrist past at a time when a left wing threatens to bring the party across the socialist cliff. Although many leaders are attracted or intimidated by the radical movement, Cuomo proved that he gave a profitable answer to Nixon, a star of the movement.

Turnout among registered Democrats was 24 percent, more than twice the 10 percent of the primary in 2014, which should be good for the uprising. But Cuomo received more than 65 percent, 62 years ago, when he had two challengers.

"It was inland, it was downstairs, white, black, brown – it was down the line," he boasted on Friday.

A tireless fundraiser, he beat Nixon by more than ten to one and spent $ 400,000 a day on TV alone. Purists on the left hate him for accepting millions of company donations, but money helped him win, and is not that the goal?

Eventually, Cuomo embarked on a national run by treating Trump as if he and not Nixon were his opponents. He relentlessly attacked the president and his promise to resist Washington was a key issue.

This helped the goose's turnout, and the triangulation positions Cuomo as an alternative to both left and Trump.

He sounded these topics on Friday and repeated his claim that he is a true progressive. "A progressive Democrat, a Democrat in New York State, these are not academics in the ivory tower, they are not pontificals, they are not people who live abstractly or theoretically," Cuomo insisted. "I am progressive and have delivered progressive results."

He fired at Trump and the darling of the socialist movement, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Nixon. Cuomo noted that he won their congressional district Queens by a wide margin. "How do you explain to me that I won this district by 36 percent?" He ridiculed reporters.

Nobody can expect smooth sailing to a presidential nomination. There could be 15 or more Dems looking for a job, and some, like Senator Kamala Harris of California and Cory (Spartacus) Booker of New Jersey, will have the luxury of acting without responsibilities.

But Cuomo demonstrated in the Nixon race that a real record is a big advantage over lightweight challengers. At the same time, he is smart enough to give ground when it's to his advantage when he took on some Nixon positions even as he denounced their naivety. Count on him to do the same at the national level.

Above all, expect to ruthlessly find and exploit your opponent's weaknesses.

I once talked to a top Cuomo employee about the instincts of the governor. "He has," said the co-worker, "an infallible instinct for the smell of blood."

He meant it as a compliment.

Curtain Prod

The New York Times acted honorably in correcting and refining an accusatory article stating that the State Department spent more than $ 52,000 on curtains on a flat used by UN ambassador Nikki Haley. The correction noted the original story that Haley's name used in the headline and carried a photo of it "made an unfair impression of who was responsible for the curtains" because the decision was made by the Obama administration.

This crucial fact was in the first story – but the reporters and editors buried it, making it sound insignificant, as if Haley had made a scandal.

Why did you shape the story like that? If the Times is serious about clarifying the report, it will find and publish the answer.

My suspicion is that those involved regarded the curtains as news only because the story would fit the Times' anti-Trump agenda. The facts, the headline and the photo were arranged to serve this narrative.

History is a classic example of what happens when a newspaper becomes a partisan tool. Prejudices will bite into just about every decision and all the staff will follow the party line.

The repair requires more than a single correction.

Throw a blanket manafort? Ha!

Paul Manafort's confession of guilt and cooperation with Special Adviser Robert Mueller is the end of President Trump – and me too. At least some readers say that.

Marland Townsend is one of them, shouting, "All of your Trump-defending articles are on the verge of crashing, the walls are approaching, his days are numbered and no amount of propaganda can save him!"

Noted !!!


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