• Ex-Aide Slams Gov. Cuomo As Snarling Attack Dog Who's Milking Pandemic

    From Ubiquitous@weberm@polaris.net to alt.tv.pol-incorrect,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,alt.politics.usa,ny.politics,nyc.politics on Sat Nov 28 16:37:13 2020
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    Alexis Grenell, who was Andrew Cuomo’s deputy director of
    intergovernmental affairs when he was state attorney general, wrote an
    op-ed in the very liberal magazine, The Nation. ripping the New York
    governor into shreds. Using the nickname for Cuomo fans, the article
    called “The Collapse of the Cuomosexual” accuses Cuomo of milking the
    Covid pandemic. Or as she put it, “St. Andrew of Covid, our savior of
    the spring, is now milking his 15 minutes of fame for an extra 30.”

    Along with his quest for attention, Ms. Grenell believes that the Angry
    Andy of pre-pandemic days has returned:

    The Andrew Cuomo New Yorkers know and mostly tolerate, the
    snarling attack dog who gaslights fellow Democrats and deploys
    staff to call his female critics ‘f—-g idiots,’ dropped down
    to Earth last week. It was a hard landing after a long-distance
    love affair with a fanbase in a galaxy far, far away.”

    As an example of the Cuomo breakdown, she uses his recent press
    conference freakout at the reporter who dared to ask him if NY City
    schools were going to close.

    “First of all let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in
    your tone because you’re 100 percent wrong, these laws have
    all been in effect for months,” referring to the state’s 3
    percent threshold for closings. “I don’t know if you were
    here, or you were paying attention…We did it already! That’s
    the law! An orange zone and a red zone! Follow the facts!”

    Grenell recognizes that Angry Andy was a calming voice at the height of
    the pandemic, but the way he freaked at reporters is his usual
    demeanor.

    She pointed to Cuomo’s recent book lauding himself for doing a great
    job managing the pandemic, likening it to Winston Churchill writing
    about his handling of WWII during WWII.

    The book is an undignified victory lap by the facts-first
    persona that won him legitimate praise, to begin with,
    underscoring the point that for Cuomo it was always more
    about presentation than substance.

    It’s why he and his staff reflexively insult anyone who
    criticizes his handling of the pandemic or insists on returning
    to the normal system of democratic governance as Jefferson
    envisioned it. People like the relentlessly honest Bill Hammond
    from the Empire Center for Public Policy, who’s currently
    suing the administration to force it to disclose the real
    number of Covid-related nursing home deaths (“yet another
    publicity stunt from an arm of the far-right advocacy
    industrial complex”). Or Assembly member Ron Kim for suggesting
    that the governor acted against the public interest in letting
    his state be one of the two that grant hospitals and nursing
    homes broad corporate immunity (“politically motivated”). Or
    Democratic and Republican lawmakers who want to curtail the
    governor’s emergency powers after granting them in March, and
    return to their role as a co-equal branch of government
    (“stupid” and “completely political”).

    Look at how Cuomo addressed his nursing home order, which resulted in somewhere between 11K and 15K senior citizen deaths. Cuomo blamed
    everyone except himself for the Nursing Home deaths. The list of
    Cuomo’s blame game includes the nursing home patients themselves,
    President Trump, healthcare workers, the feds, and the fact that old
    people die. Since that order, Gov Cuomo has blamed everyone except
    himself for the Nursing Home deaths. The list of Cuomo’s blame game
    includes the nursing home patients themselves, President Trump,
    healthcare workers, the feds, the fact that old people die, and
    accusations that his office was responsible for the overwhelming number
    of nursing home deaths in NY State were a “political charade.”

    Blaming every criticism of him as Political is a common theme of Angry
    Andy. The day after Thanksgiving, he blasted the SCOTUS ruling
    protecting religious gatherings in New York State as an ‘irrelevant’
    political statement.

    Grenell finishes:

    The whole thing was already very Through the Looking Glass
    before the International Academy of Television Arts and
    Sciences announced on Friday that they were awarding the
    governor an Emmy for his “television shows with characters,
    plot lines, and stories of success and failure.” Next, he’ll
    be playing himself in an Aaron Sorkin movie, taking three
    points off the back end. Aside from having just barely survived
    the delusion that elevated a reality TV character to the
    presidency, we’re now giving a real-life governor an
    entertainment award for doing his actual job. Where does that
    leave governors like Michigan’s Gretchen Witmer, who also
    gave press briefings, but didn’t take a bow—and got death
    threats instead?

    There’s something genuinely depressing about seeing the son of
    a man who refused a seat on the Supreme Court so eager to be
    flattered by Ben Stiller. It’s almost hard to remember how he
    ridiculed two-time Emmy Award–winner Cynthia Nixon back in
    2018 for being an unqualified celebrity.

    Turns out he just wanted to trade places all along.

    It turns out that Alexis Grenell, a Democratic Party consultant, has
    got Andrew Cuomo down to a “T.” He doesn’t act like a politician. He
    acts like an absolute ruler—a tyrannical one.


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