Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, March 29, 2020

While Americans are stuck at home, the Democrat dominating the airwaves to counter President Donald Trump's messaging about the coronavirus is not the one seeking to replace him in the Oval Office -- it's Governor Andrew Cuomo. And that's causing some daydreaming for political junkies with time on their hands.

The hashtag #PresidentCuomo trended on Twitter last week. Musings about Cuomo as a wild-card nominee have come from everywhere on the left, including MYT columnist Maureen Dowd, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who called him "president of the coronavirus response," and a writer at the feminist website Jezebel, Rebecca Fishbein, who headlined her piece, "Help, I think I'm in love with Andrew Cuomo???"

In what seemed like a metaphor for the times, cable news networks last week even skipped a speech by Biden and aired one of Cuomo's briefings instead.

But experts on the Democratic nominating process say that a Cuomo nomination is little more than a daydream.

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I have to say I have been far more impressed with Cuomo's briefings over Biden's, but only a brokered convention would make this possible.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-03-29 04:08 PM | Reply

Cuomo's briefings have been good. But press briefings should be the job of a press secretary, not the president.

You can see the disaster that electing someone barely qualified to being a press secretary brings when leading is required.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-29 08:06 PM | Reply

The only way this happens is a brokered convention. If Biden wins the primary outright, and at the moment that seems all-but certain, yanking his victory away from him would look horrible.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-30 12:13 PM | Reply

#3 Perhaps with enough missteps he can be convinced to step aside rather than have the appearance of something being taken from him.

As it stands, at times it looks like he's giving Trump of all people an opening to question his mental competence, which is a lane that should never have been opened by Democrats.

#4 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-30 12:23 PM | Reply

#3 Perhaps with enough missteps he can be convinced to step aside rather than have the appearance of something being taken from him....

#4 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2020-03-30 12:23 PM

That's possible. I don't think this is something he desperately wants. Taking your line of thought to its conclusion, how would he go about stepping aside?

Further, how would Sanders supporters feel if he stepped aside and the DNC ignored the second place primary finisher and handed it to someone who didn't even throw his or her or they hat into the ring?

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-30 12:44 PM | Reply

Taking your line of thought to its conclusion, how would he go about stepping aside?

If he really started to lose momentum and calls for a new person reached a certain critical level, i think he could say something about how the ultimate goal has to be defeating Donald Trump, that as a patriot he strongly endorses the best person to get that done, and that he will do everything within his power to ensure Trump loses.

As to Sanders supporters, I have a feeling many of them are going to be upset regardless of who the non-Sanders nominee ends up being, and I find it hard to believe anyone could be further to the right than Biden. I think many Sanders supporters (myself included) are concerned about Biden's ability to win, and if we get someone slightly to his left with a better shot at winning then maybe that's a win.

#6 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-30 01:10 PM | Reply

As to Sanders supporters, I have a feeling many of them are going to be upset regardless of who the non-Sanders nominee ends up being...

I think you are right about that. I read earlier today that 15% of polled Sanders supporters have said they'll vote for Trump if Sanders isn't the nominee. From the same source roughly 12% of Sanders supporters voted Trump in '16.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-30 03:12 PM | Reply

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