Oh, Gov. Cuomo. You slay me.
He’s already been trying to run to the hard left (the few times he takes a stand on something in the first place) as he prepares to run for President, but last Friday he decided to step up his game by following one of the main tenants of liberalism: delegitimize anyone who has an opposing view point about anything ever. Stealing a page from the Obama/DeBlasio playbook of dividing people by hate and resentment (only with none of the charisma) he had this to say:
It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans. Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York.
(Click the link for the full quote where of course he singled out social issues even though, outside of the NY Safe Act which has be rejected by 52 out of 62 counties in New York, Republicans in the state aren’t really focused on or setting their hair on fire in opposition as is implied)
A lot of my colleagues are angered by this, but for me it was more eyeroll worthy than anything else. To paraphrase James Carville, this is merely an “outrage kidney stone” and it too will pass. I mean, had Ted Cruz said that there’s no place in Texas for pro-choice, anti-2nd amendment Democrats that would warrant non-stop outrage and demands that any Republican anywhere denounce him for it, but that’s hardly the issue here.
There’s also a case to be made that the difference between “moderate Republicans” and “extreme Republicans” in NY is really the difference between Republicans who only care about keeping their jobs and patronage vs. Republicans who have an honest disagreement with Democrats over what’s best for New York, but that’s a post for a different time.
I’d like to focus on the word extremism, because the game Democrats like Cuomo have been playing for the past five years is to cherry pick dumb and offensive things the Republicans have said, isolate them, and claim that minority speaks for the majority. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first to tell you that people on the right say a lot of stupid things. Stupid (and offensive) things that, when they’ve happened, I’ve called them out for it.
But contrary to what Democrats and the media might think, Republicans do not have the market cornered on stupid, offensive, and crazy. Since the game is that if you don’t denounce you condone, I’d like to ask the Governor a few questions about his Democrat Party:
Is his the Democrat Party who is so anti-self defense that he thinks women are too emotional to defend themselves, and instead of carrying a firearm, should wet themselves or say that they’re menstruating to prevent rape?
Does he agree that all PIV sex is rape? Random blog post I know, but since his party chooses random blog posts and builds them up as conservative thought leaders, fair is fair.
Speaking of thought leaders, is his the Democrat Party that agrees with liberal thought leaders who compares pregnancy to having a cold and the unborn child being nothing more than bacteria? Or what about the “Night of a Thousand Vagainas” to promote abortion? Is this why Republicans only supporting 90% of his Women’s Equality bill isn’t good enough? Because of the 10% pro-abortion part that even a lot of moderate Democrats disagree with?
Has he denounced any of the vile hatred that comes from prominent Democrats (and another liberal thought leader) like Bill Maher? Who is every bit as prominent to liberals as Rush Limbaugh is to conservatives? Is his the Democrat party who thinks it’s ok to call female officials the c-word, or attack their kids, as long as they have a different political opinion than you?
(Yes, I know Twitchy is run by Michelle Malkin and Newsbusters is run by the MRC. It’s a quick cliff notes version to make hyperlinking easier and everything is linked within them).
I have not once heard Governor Cuomo (or any other NY Democrats) denounce any of the racist, sexist, hate speak rhetoric, so that means they all agree with it, right?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back to working with “extreme New York conservatives” who want to do something about the fact that, under Cuomo, NY is near the bottom of every other job creation metric you find, if we’re not dead last at the bottom.