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  •  The day Cuomo signed off on gay marriage (19+ / 0-)

    a friend in New York praised him strongly. I said it was a good thing, but the reason he'd done it was so people like her would think he's a great progressive champion when he's not. My friend is a high-income lawyer. Her politics on economic issues are OK, but she's more into social issues and doesn't have time to follow all the sketchy machinations in Albany. I predicted then most people in her demographic would remember him as the "pro-gay-marriage governor" in three years' time, not any of the bad things he's done.

    “Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:04:06 AM PST

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    •  Just as a majority of NJ voters support Christie's (4+ / 0-)
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      re-election.  The two weeks he spent padding around the shore wreckage, hoody and sneakers to the fore, were extremely well spent.  Master of publicity.

      Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

      by CarolinNJ on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:22:06 AM PST

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      •  Let's be fair. (3+ / 0-)
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        The other element of Christie's renewed popularity is his willingness to put partisan politics aside - at the height of the election season - to at least try to work with the President to help his constituents.

        Unlike Mittens' "donation drive", it wasn't all smoke & mirrors.

        •  ... Christie appeared to put partisanship aside (4+ / 0-)

          or was it just Romney he was casting aside.

          He's pension stealing inside dealing Republican.

          •  Yes, he is. All show, no go. Show me the money! (0+ / 0-)

            Last report, there are over 50,000 homes in NJ still ruined.  Show me the repairs!  Show me the work crews, the state agencies and agencies' employees hard at the problems!  Show me ANYTHING except PR photos and Christie Talks to Obama headlines!  You have no idea how good this clever but evil man and his staff is at manipulating public perceptions via the media.  Master of publicity--and patronage.  Oh, and tax relief for  millionaires.  It was all smoke and mirrors.  Go back three weeks, three months, three years from now and check out his results.

            Of course, if you're a millionaire, you gotta love it.

            Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

            by CarolinNJ on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:41:40 PM PST

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    •  Marriage Equality WAS a Republican position in NY (14+ / 0-)

      The issue had been deadlocked for years ... then a small group of Wall Street bankers and investors who happened to be both gay and Republican buttonholed some Republican senators and basically promised to indemnify them for any loss of campaign contributions caused by supporting Marriage Equality.  (Of course there was also the downside of: if they didn't see the light the support that had been so generous in the past not be forthcoming in the future.)

      So woopy-effen-do for Mario ... handed an ethical  no-brainer,  with the promise of Bipartisan(tm) adulation for embracing it -- he did the safe and obvious thing.  

      Meanwhile ... pro-business, anti-tax, and teacher union busting as usual -- with a really innovative (and expensive)  program deter physicians from prescribing "opiod" pain control to out-patients.

      Why should it be otherwise.   (You wanna remember that NY Democrats conscientiously decline to field or fund a credible challenger to  2nd District Congressman Peter King -- "just because."

      •  They did in '04, I believe (0+ / 0-)

        David Meijas was regarded as a strong challenge to that choad.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:59:35 AM PST

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        •  He stunk. (0+ / 0-)

          I contacted his campaign numerous times to volunteer and never heard back.

          Maybe credible in the sense he had actual backing from the state and county parties, a rarity in that district, but not as an actual candidate.

          I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

          by cohenzee on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:43:51 PM PST

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          •  Pretty much .... (0+ / 0-)

            David Meijas was a "faith and family" Democrat with a great personal biography (mostly true) of being a refugee from Castro's Cuba ...

            Still .. he was not Peter King -- and that was good enough for me.

            EXCEPT:

            From what I could tell his campaign was a "small circle of friends" from his Levittown base -- and as for State and County support.   Well, I don't remember a single speaker on his behalf  whose name I recognized.  Certainly Schumer wasn't there ... Clinton wasn't there.  No one much above the rank of Deputy Assistant Alderman that I could see.

            And there was CERTAINLY no money from the State Democratic Party.

            There's something about Peter King that Establishment Democrats seem to love.

      •  Hmmm (0+ / 0-)

        When the bill finally passed the NYS Senate in 2011, it was favored by the Democrats 29-1 and rejected by the GOP Senators 28-4. Those GOP Senators who voted yes put it over the top, but I'd not call it "a Republican position in NY."

        Agree with you entirely it was not a huge act of moral courage by Andy Cuomo to sign it.

        “Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:27:06 PM PST

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    •  because such social cues over-define pols (6+ / 0-)

      Think of how many Dems there are who are bad on progressive economic issues but are treated as part of the club for being nominally pro-choice.

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