Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

Twitter lit up last night with people all across the country tuning into the New York gubernatorial debate. We New Yorkers, of course, had to hide our faces in shame.

We can't even claim that it isn't always such a freakshow because our recent history betrays us. The last governor we elected had to step down because while he liked being governor of the greatest state in the nation, he liked paying for sex with prostitutes just that much more.

Then his replacement came in and informed us all, on day one, that he and his wife both had affairs. We got to learn to which hotel he took his mistress.  But, not to worry, they were doing just fine now, in fact he had taken his wife to that same hotel. Awesome. His administration continued in scandal after scandal until it was clear that the sitting governor wouldn't win a race for dog catcher much less reelection to his accidental post.

What an embarrassment. We're New Yorkers, we deserve better. But what we're getting is worse, much worse.

Our next likely governor doesn't have to give specifics on his proposed plans because what are people going to do, vote for the angry guy no one's ever heard of? Or the madam who is running on a marijuana/gambling platform, the racial huckster who wants to slap white people, the guy with the gloves who thinks government can somehow lower your rent?

Edward-Isaac Dovere writes:

More than anything, though, the debate gave New Yorkers their first real look at the man who will almost certainly be their next governor. Reporters and close Cuomo observers already know well this style of a presentation of ideas that loops in and out of clichés, well-traveled lines and coherent syntax. But others, especially those whose memories still ring with a faint echo of Mario Cuomo’s oratory, may not.

Ah, ideas that loop in and out of cliches, just what New Yorkers need when our state is effectively bankrupt. That he is compared unfavorably to his father, the man who crippled New York with his policies to such an extent that our solid blue state elected a Republican governor in the next three elections, is a harbinger of bad things to come. More than anything else, the fact that Andrew Cuomo views himself as next in line, as if the governor's seat is owed to him, will go badly for New Yorkers. We don't need a king, we need a governor good enough for New York. No one on that stage yesterday fits the bill.


Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at and about life in the city with her husband and baby at http://www.212baby.comShe can be followed on twitter: