|Why are these men laughing? Via Capital New York.|
That may be, according to a brilliant analytic piece by Andrea Bernstein of WNYC radio New York. because Christie and Cuomo are practically the same person:
It's really amazing how much they have in common, from being under investigation by their respective US attorneys for stonewalling anti-corruption efforts to being the butts of the same jokes on late-night TV, about which they in turn tell the same jokes in their more casual public appearances.
Not that they don't have any policy differences at all, but they are on issues where their respective parties really wouldn't allow them to deviate: minimum wage, marriage equality, gun control (the helpful breakdown of February 2013 in Think Progress uses selective citation to make them look more different than they actually are on progressive taxation, protecting the environment, and education).
There's an interest beyond party becoming continually more influential, with names on it like those of Cuomo supporters Frank Langone and Rudolph Giuliani, people who really don't care one way or the other about gay marriage or minimum wage laws, as long as it doesn' t cost any tax money, and I'm afraid they have a certain amount of pull in the Obama White House as well (though less, I continue to believe, than in the first Obama term), and it's pretty disturbing.
There's also a representative of what we used to call the Democratic wing of the Democratic party challenging Cuomo in the September 9 primary, Zephyr Teachout, who just survived Cuomo's attempt to have her declared a Vermont resident (though she's a full-time professor at New York's Fordham University and lives in a fifth-floor walkup in Fort Greene). So far it seems 78% of New York registered voters haven't ever heard of her, so we've got some work to do.
|Via Daily Beast.|