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  •  I don't buy it (4+ / 0-)

    This is what happens when you're too scared to risk everything; you get nothing.

    I don't believe Andrew Cuomo for a second, and I think that WFP folded for nothing. I know why they folded; they thought that Cuomo would win anyway and eliminate them as an organization.

    What they fail to understand is that the only possible long-term success, in this situation, comes from no concessions at all.

    Cuomo kneecapping WFP would have permanently ruined him in national politics, and helped ensure the end of his political career. He might have lost re-election entirely, even with all his money. If not, he'd have been a lame duck before he even got started.

    Progressives are a dominant majority in new york if they would only have the guts to work unrelentingly to overthrow any statewide official who tries to fuck with them they way Cuomo has fucked with us.

    If you are uncompromising, whatever institutional damage they do to you, they can't keep you out of the ballot box, and you win in the end.

    If you compromise, you kill your movement and re-elect your enemies. It would have been better for Cuomo to win by destroying WFP than to surrender like this.

    But the organization wants to live more than it wants to further its cause.

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