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Cuomo resigns, a coda on a mean era Biden ended by beating Trump

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10.08.2021

A few years ago, before Donald Trump emerged, I proposed a story with the working title, Is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo too mean to be president? The thinking among some Democrats was hell, yes, and among others it was hell, no. There was a depressing sense of Republicans as tough as nails and Democrats as soft touches. This was, after all, the Obama era, and the Democratic president seemed hapless in the face of GOP obstruction. Maybe Cuomo was the antidote.

An editor put the kibosh on that idea (darn editors!), but I thought about it for years as Trump demolished a 2016 primary field of conventional Republicans, some of whom tried but never succeeded in being as nasty as he was, and edged past Hillary Clinton, a conventional Democrat and a woman to boot, on Election Day.

Joe Biden's presidential win last year put a cap on the mean era. Cuomo's resignation is the coda, and an ignominious end to his family's dominance in New York politics.

The Cuomo dynasty arguably peaked early, with New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's 1984 keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. It's considered one of the best speeches in American political history – an eloquent yet biting critique of what he called then-President Ronald Reagan's social Darwinism.

"In many ways we are a........

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