Bigfoot gained. Large time.
Andrew Cuomo, buoyed by hundreds of thousands in vendor-donated marketing campaign money, successfully unopposed in New York’s two-party-in-name-only corruptocracy and unencumbered by something approaching frequent civility, was elected governor of the Empire State for the third time Tuesday.
And Democrats did equally properly nearly throughout the board Tuesday. New York is now not merely a blue state, it’s a shimmering cobalt state — and is more likely to stay so for a while.
So congrats to Cuomo and the Democrats; the individuals have chosen emphatically and predictably. Time will inform whether or not they acted correctly.
The governor ran a marketing campaign mild on substance however heavy on hyperbolic criticism of President Trump. This continued into his eyeball-bulging stem-winder of an acceptance speech Tuesday night time — and so New Yorkers ought to count on extra of it as Cuomo strikes into a 3rd time period.
For there are two main Election Day takeaways:
Trump thumping works in New York — the corollary being that good guys now not want strive. So any more, they gained’t — and this may escalate the ugliness.
Honesty is now not the most effective coverage within the Empire State. The brand new commonplace is gamey-but-probably-not-prosecutable, and the $100 million marketing campaign jackpot Cuomo raised over eight years — in massive measure from donors looking for state contracts — turns into a place to begin for the following man.
Neither is a wholesome growth.
Be that as it might, now comes one other payday. And whereas elsewhere the victors historically acquire the spoils, in New York it’s the spoilers who normally wind up the victors.
Tuesday was no completely different.
Right here’s only one instance: Native 1199/SEIU, New York’s premier well being care staff union, has lengthy lavished money, organizational infrastructure and marketing campaign foot troopers on Cuomo. It endorsed him over rebel gadfly Cynthia Nixon on this 12 months’s Democratic main — and now it should luxuriate in a multibillion-dollar infusion of latest money into the state’s Medicaid program, instigated by Cuomo and introduced by the administration 96 hours earlier than the polls opened.
So count on single-payer medical insurance — an 1199 precedence — to change into a factor in New York. As a result of it’s a proven fact that no one quids a professional quo fairly like Andrew Cuomo, a person bred to the state’s what’s-in-it-for-me political ethic.
Now the questions change into these: Leaving apart the matter of his future ambitions, is he able to controlling the setting he has simply finished a lot to create? Is he even inclined to strive?
It’s true that no governor in trendy instances has had his arms on extra energy levers than Cuomo will command come January. He’ll carry a formidable private mandate to workplace; his hand-picked candidate for lawyer basic gained handily — and with Democrats in agency management of the Meeting and on the verge of taking management of the Senate, the governor is nothing if not sitting fairly.
However 1199/SEIUs each massive and small populate the nooks and crannies of New York politics. They’ll be presenting payments of their very own within the coming months and a few could have critical coverage implications.
Maybe extra to the purpose, can he hold a newly Democratic state Senate on a tether? Firebrand progressives will probably be getting into that physique. They’ll be stressed — and Cuomo little question remembers the riot of chaos and incoherence that broke out the final time the occasion took management. (A few of the contributors in that fiasco stay in jail to at the present time.)
After which there’s the very actual query of whether or not the person who has thus far ruled principally by bombast and bullying is even able to deploying the subtlety and nuance wanted to grasp an unambiguously one-party Albany.
That’s, can Bigfoot survive success?
Bob McManus is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s Metropolis Journal.