Governor Cuomo, I really liked you. I was proud of how you stood up for New Yorkers, and I daresay most Dems and liberals across the nation took heart at how you refused to allow a future guest of the NY Department of Corrections by the name of Trump to bully you or the people of New York.
But it turns out that you, too, appear to have feet of clay disturbingly similar to those of the Former Guy, the Molester-in-Chief that brought so much shame upon our nation.
Don’t get me wrong. Even given what your administration allegedly did concerning the COVID-19 death toll at nursing homes, in the big picture, your leadership likely saved many more lives than it cost. Your tenure over the past year reminds me strongly of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. You see, when I first joined the Navy in 1981, we were still in the post-Vietnam funk. The military’s morale was abysmal, and those of us on active duty at that time were sure that the Cold War would turn hot any day now, that we’d soon see our cities and military bases turned to radioactive ash (as very nearly happened several times).
By the time Reagan left office — having gotten away with the Iran-Contra scandal (the worst scandal between Vietnam and Trump), with illegal and unconscionable “regime changes” around the world, with having supported Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War, with having infested American politics with the “trickle-down” low-tax insanity that continues to screw our economy even today, and much, much more — most of America loved him. Reagan was indeed our first “Teflon president” — nothing bad ever seemed to stick to him.
The military (including me) loved him, too. What Reagan did right was to instill pride in our military once more — we were no longer ashamed to be seen in our uniforms off base — and he had effectively brought the Cold War to a peaceful and victorious end. The importance of that last phrase cannot be understated, for given all his other ruinous and inexcusable policies, the Cold War was quite literally the most dangerous time in all human history…and to the leader of the victorious nation belongs the credit.
Governor Cuomo, even taking into account the tragic action your administration took concerning the death toll at the nursing homes, your leadership brought the people of New York through its worst time since the 1918 H1N1 epidemic. In future generations, history will probably view you as one of the best governors of the Empire State.
You did hear the ‘but’ coming, didn’t you?
It’s time for you to go. This isn’t like the accusation by Tara Reade against Joe Biden wherein it was soon apparent that she was being somewhat less than forthright (i.e. lying through her teeth). Enough women have stepped forward to accuse you of sexual harassment that your denials are beginning to come across as laughably false. I know from personal experience that sexual harassment cases are the very devil to investigate and prosecute, but when several step forward with the same kind of accusations, well, to use an old bridge game phrase, “that’s game, match, and rubber”…though we can only wonder how appropriate the last of those three words might be.
Yes, Trump has (so far) gotten away with being accused by two dozen or more women, but justice denied for those women does not mean that justice should be denied for the women accusing you. Furthermore, we are not Republicans with a long and consistent history of never holding each other accountable. We liberals at least try (though not always successfully) to hold each other to a higher standard.
And now it it is time to hold you to account for what you are increasingly apparently guilty of having done. Show us that you are a better man than Trump by making a dignified exit, and do so with a sincere apology to the state of New York in general and to your victims and their families in particular.
Do the right thing, Governor. Resign.