Cuomo: I guess you extremist pro-lifers can profess your views in New York after all

posted at 12:41 pm on January 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo claims that his extemporaneous attack on supposedly “extreme” Republicans got “distorted” by the New York Post. Of course he respects the pro-life and gun-rights Republicans! They just “have no place in New York.”

Oops — there I go, distorting Cuomo again by quoting him, emphasis mine:

You’ve seen that play out in New York, their SAFE act, the Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act. It was voted for by moderate republicans who run the Senate. Their problem is not me and democrats, their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.

In my column for The Week, I note that these positions are not anywhere as “extreme” as Cuomo argues:

The anti-gay remark, it should be noted, applies to Republicans who hold the same position on same-sex marriage as Barack Obama did until the middle of 2012. And according to most polls, the abortion position is hardly extreme, especially among Republicans. Cuomo is certainly free to consider these positions incorrect and argue for his own positions. Instead, he told the press that he felt those political positions were in essence illegitimate for public consumption.

This is part of a recent trend toward exclusion and blacklisting that used to be … bad. At least, I remember when the entertainment industry lectured us for decades that blacklisting over political and personal beliefs was about as un-American as it gets. These days … not so much:

However, the outrage industry swung into action almost as soon as GQ hit the publish button. Instead of debating [Duck Dynasty star Phil] Robertson on the merits of his argument, or at least on the presentation of 1 Corinthians, people demanded that Robertson get fired for what is basically mainstream Christianity — and the kind of provocative speech that got Robertson hired in the first place. Amazingly, A&E at first buckled under the pressure, announcing that Robertson was indefinitely suspended. That is, Robertson was suspended until A&E viewers made their displeasure known by tuning out. When it became clear that the economics of the situation favored inclusion rather than exclusion, A&E reversed course and reinstated Robertson without losing a frame of Duck Dynasty production.

Now let’s turn our eyes to California, which will hold its gubernatorial election in November. Incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown already has a challenger — Tea Party conservative Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. Donnelly cut an amusing bilingual web ad with Maria Conchita Alonso, best known for her star turn in Moscow on the Hudson. Alonso provided snarky Spanish-language translations for Donnelly’s arguments, including “We’re screwed.”

Cutting an ad for a Tea Party candidate, however much tolerance that exchange displayed, was a bridge too far in San Francisco. Alonso had been cast in a production of The Vagina Monologues, which Alonso would have performed in Spanish. When her producer discovered her support for Donnelly, Alonso lost her job. “We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” producer Eliana Lopez told a local TV station. “Doing what she is doing is against what we believe.” She’s out of work because she endorsed a Republican.

Unfortunately, the blacklist lesson taught by the entertainment industry for so long doesn’t appear to have sunk in for the entertainment industry, but they’re not alone, either. On the opposite coast, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared anti-abortion and gun-rights Republicans not just wrong,but persona non grata. Incensed by Republicans running against his SAFE Act — which was so badly written that it had to be immediately amended to keep from disarming the police and pretty much everyone else — declared opposition to the law “extreme,” and worse.

That’s not to say that this impulse is limited to the Left. We’ve seen plenty of demands from the Right for progressives to get fired over outrageous remarks, too … but those don’t seem to work as well. Besides, the hypocrisy of this occurring in the entertainment industry — especially in Alonso’s case — and the extreme rhetoric coming from a sitting governor that tells mainstream opposition that they have no business in the political mix are both something new, and worth challenging.

Sean Hannity says he can’t wait to get out of New York now:

“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said. “I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”

“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” he added. “And by the way governor, because I work here – there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”

Glenn Beck made the same threat, and these declarations serve the effort well to hold Cuomo accountable. I’m not so certain that packing bags for friendlier pastures would be the best response, though. There are lots of good reasons to leave, but Cuomo should be the least of those described above. While it’s not terribly attractive to stay in New York, an exodus of conservatives would mean ceding the field to Cuomo and his angry, immoderate governance. We need to be missionaries in the field, not retreating back to the fortresses.

Update: My colleague Peter Weber at The Week disagrees that Alonso’s firing was a form of blacklisting — although he does agree that it was “dumb”:

Hounding Alonso to quit the production was dumb, though. Debra Saunders at the San Francisco Chronicle is right that while her critics have every legal right to boycott the show and Lopez would have had the right to fire Alonso, “in a tolerant society that values open debate, critics don’t go after someone’s acting career because they want to muzzle her point of view.” Saunders is also correct to note that on the issue at hand, immigration, Alonso’s views aren’t as conservative as Donnelly’s.

It’s also a little self-defeating to try to limit the audience for any production of The Vagina Monologues — the show’s powerful message against sexual abuse and domestic violence and for women’s empowerment only has an impact if people see it, and the more viewers of whatever political persuasion, the better for the people trying to get that message out. Alonso tells Kelly that the play is “fun,” but it’s a message she obviously believes in, too.

But Saunders — and Ed Morrissey, and The American Conservative‘s Rod Dreher, and a bunch of less persuasive conservative writers — are wrong to try to make this out as some sort of reverse “Hollywood blacklist.” It’s not. It’s local activism — the same sort “Miami groups did when artists perceived as pro-Castro wanted to perform in Miami,” notes Lydia Chávez at Mission Local.

The attempt to fire Robertson wasn’t “local activism,” though, and while the effort in Miami was debatable, it also wasn’t aimed at a widespread domestic political movement, either. Nor was it in Cuomo’s case. Be sure to read all of Peter’s essay, and mine too.

Update: Michael Gerson writes that James Madison is spinning in his grave:

Academic liberals tend to regard universities as “our place,” in which others may stay as long as they behave. Now Cuomo has applied this attitude to the whole of the Empire State. From a provost, this is a violation of academic freedom. From a government official, it is an attack on genuine pluralism.

Cuomo is clearly frustrated with opposition to elements of his social agenda (his abortion rights expansion bill was blocked last summer). His life would be easier without a vocal minority of critics. So he is telling various Catholic bishops and priests, Republican politicians and conservative groups that their opinions are outside the norms of state politics. Cuomo has reached an advanced stage of political polarization: regarding one’s democratic opponents as unfit for democracy. I imagine the feeling will now (in some quarters) be returned. And so the spiral continues — sometimes leftward, sometimes rightward, ever downward.

While James Madison would not be surprised, he would not approve. “In all cases where a majority are united by a common interest or passion,” he warned, “the rights of the minority are in danger.” A majority, he argued, can easily become a “faction,” seeking “illicit advantage.” This is dangerous in a democracy, not only because the rights of individuals are important but also because diversity of opinion balances factions against each other. Madison hoped that U.S. leaders would help check the passions of factions rather than inciting them for political advantage, so that “reason, justice and truth can regain their authority over the public mind.”

Cuomo speaks in Albany; Madison spins at Montpelier.

And now Cuomo is spinning, too, trying to argue that he didn’t say what he said.


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Because that is not who New Yorkers are.

I guess he’s never been outside Albany and NYC.

Kafir on January 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I won’t even think about going back to New York while the fascist Andrew Cuomo is in power.

rbj on January 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I’m confused–exactly how does Cuomo think that reading his statement in context makes it sound any better?

Twice he flat out states that “Extreme Conservatives” don’t belong. What possible reading does he expect us to take from that?

Vanceone on January 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

You served up this crap sammich, coomo, eat it.

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

You have to recognize the Mommy-Knows-Best tone in his voice when he says they have no place in New York. I swear, both testicles are accelerating for the floor.

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Class!! pay attention! we have finally discovered “Ed’s Hill to Fight For”

While it’s not terribly attractive to stay in New York, an exodus of conservatives would mean ceding the field to Cuomo and his angry, immoderate governance. We need to be missionaries in the field, not retreating back to the fortresses.

High taxes and liberal governance are worth withstanding for whatever reason…

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

New York is a cesspool, where Conservatives have as much say in how the city and state is run, as I do, which is less than none since I don’t even live there.

If for some crazy reason I did live in NY, I would already be working on fleeing to a more Conservative state.

Meople on January 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

So Cuomo shot of his mouth and said what everyone but the deeply ignorant know all Democrat politicians really think.

What’s the big deal?

fadetogray on January 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

he won’t get hammered by this….ho hum….

his comments may be the worst ever uttered by a sitting Governor.

Every single Republican politician in NY should be speaking out..

again, ho hum…What say you NY Republicans??

Better yet, what say you Allah??

Where the F*ck are your guys who represent you!??

Lets see….A Beached Whale to the East of me…a
marxist O’Malley Jackazz to the South of me…
and a Meglomaniac scarab to humanity to the North of me…

Tom Corbett looks better with each passing day….

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

All conservative-owned businesses should leave NY.

All conservatives should boycott and not visit NY.

All businesses should cancel all their NY conventions.

Etc.

The governor of any state, who proclaims such, is an utter fool and s/b shunned.

So, if Cuomo runs in 2016 “Conservatives will be forbidden to be in the US…because they are not like us”.

Heh

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

New York is a cesspool, where Conservatives have as much say in how the city and state is run, as I do, which is less than none since I don’t even live there.

If for some crazy reason I did live in NY, I would already be working on fleeing to a more Conservative state.

NY should give some financial incentive for conservatives to move elsewhere to decrease that segment of the population………such as more hikes in taxes.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

He only insulted two big pools:

Taxpayers of NY

The cardinal and his contingent.

Kudos, dummy.

He’s as divisive as is obama, though NO one can surpass the hued moron in the WH.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

We need to be missionaries in the field, not retreating back to the fortresses.

Why? It didn’t help with Detroit. Best to fortify the good places to live with good people than to waste their talents and resources in the houses of evil.

HotAirian on January 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

regarding one’s democratic opponents as unfit for democracy.

The first step toward dehumanizing their opponents. Once that’s achieved, loading their opponents on trains won’t bother them in the least.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

This is a trial balloon. We are entering the advanced stages of demonizing Christianity and conservatives. Should this not be too painful for Cuomo look for this to be a national democratic theme. This has been developing and breached several times now since Obama and the democrats have held the majority and the hard push is just starting to begin.

They know the lies cannot continue to work so the next stage is to silence the truth.

Skwor on January 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Cuomo is a Catholic isn’t he? I’ll bet he got a little call from Cardinal Dolan. There is a reason people despise New Yorkers and Cuomo’s snarky attitude and tone are good examples.

major dad on January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Let’s see…NYC has a Communist for a mayor. New York State has a Fascist for a Goveror.

And, the NE Republican’s Club should pick our Presidential Candidate,why?

kingsjester on January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Tom Corbett looks better with each passing day….

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Right until he hands it to the mayor of Allentown without a fight.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

ka-BOOOM!:

Responding to President Barack Obama’s comment that he wouldn’t let his hypothetical son play in the NFL because it’s not safe, radio host Mark Levin said he wouldn’t let his theoretical progeny be an ambassador in the Obama administration.

Replying to Obama’s comment in an interview with The New Yorker, Levin said it’d be safer to play pro football:

http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/mark-levin-mr-president-i-wouldnt-let-my-son-be-ambassador-under-you

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

We need to be missionaries in the field, not retreating back to the fortresses.

Another New Yorker, Micheal Rockefeller, though that same thing.

Same result, too.

Bruno Strozek on January 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Sean and Glenn, and many, many others, should do a Magpul, and exit stage RIGHT. Let the beast feed upon itself. They’ll sleep better for it, and be around infinitely nicer people, wherever they land. Leave the nasty cesspool of vermin to the Marxists and redistributionist thieves that really wanna be there, like my miserable, grossly liberal, Aunt, who truly is the devil incarnate.

PatHenry on January 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The first altar you must sacrifice at in the Progressive Temple of Power is Abortion.

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/10937-moloch-molech

Once you’ve covered yourself with the blood of the unborn and proven your worth to Molech you can proceed further into the temple. People like Wendy Davis, Andrew Cuomo, O’Malley, Hillary, Terry McAuliffe, Rahm Emmanuel all covet the power that the current High Priest Barack Obama has.

Cuomo is just working on proving his worth and devotion to be a disciple in the Progressive religion.

Nice job Andrew.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

And, the NE Republican’s Club should pick our Presidential Candidate,why?

kingsjester on January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Because sheepledom is so cool now.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

NY should give some financial incentive for conservatives to move elsewhere to decrease that segment of the population………such as more hikes in taxes.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Lol, looking at the way they operate in NY, since they hike taxes every chance they get, they must have gotten that memo already.

Meople on January 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I live up in Sleepy Hollow, NY, just north of NYC. I left there 33 years ago and I never looked back. Best decision I ever made.

NavyMustang on January 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I liveGREW up in Sleepy Hollow, NY, just north of NYC. I left there 33 years ago and I never looked back. Best decision I ever made.

NavyMustang on January 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I guess my NY teachers didn’t edumacate us so good there. Sheesh!

NavyMustang on January 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Since the Progressive Left will be celebrating tomorrow the murder of 55 million unborn in the last 44 years this might be a helpful reference point for those unfamiliar with how history just repeats itself. We have different tools to kill babies but the effect is the same as it was thousands of years ago.

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/10937-moloch-molech

In the Masoretic text the name is “Molech”; in the Septuagint “Moloch.” The earliest mention of Molech is in Lev. xviii. 21, where the Israelite is forbidden to sacrifice any of his children to Molech.

Similarly, in Lev. xx. 2-5, it is enacted that a man who sacrifices his seed to Molech shall surely be put to death. Then, curiously, it is provided that he shall be cut off from the congregation.

In I Kings xi. 7 it is said that Solomon built a high place for Molech in the mountain “that is before Jerusalem.” The same passage calls Molech an Ammonite deity. The Septuagint as quoted in the New Testament (Acts vii. 43) finds a reference to Moloch in Amos v. 26; but this is a doubtful passage.

In II Kings xxiii. 10 it is stated that one of the practises to which Josiah put a stop by his reform was that of sacrificing children to Molech, and that the place where this form of worship had been practised was at Topheth, “in the valley of the children of Hinnom.” This statement is confirmed by Jer. xxxii. 35.

From II Kings xxi. 6 it may be inferred that this worship was introduced during the reign of Manasseh. The impression left by an uncritical reading of these passages is that Molech-worship, with its rite of child-sacrifice, was introduced from Ammon during the seventh century B.C.

Same old evil, just with new and updated technology.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

What’s hilarious, is the commercials I see airing that are promising Tax Free Zones for the next ten years to any business that sets up shop in New York State. It will be just like my city’s attempt at that. The businesses that were exempt couldn’t move out fast enough once that status ended.

Again, one could point to the fact that if taxes are so damn good, why offer the tax free zone? Shouldn’t there be a zone where you can pay double the taxes if you open a business there?

Liberals. Blithering idiots.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Tom Corbett looks better with each passing day….

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Right until he hands it to the mayor of Allentown without a fight.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

oh they’re sharpening their knives alright…

..but Corbett is/has been underated for years now…we’ll see.

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

it is fine to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice

EFF YOU and your “anti-choice” bullshovel.

The Schaef on January 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

In Levin’s case, his son isn’t theoretical. I’m sure the kid is already more of a man tan either Cuomo or Zero

annoyinglittletwerp on January 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM

While it’s not terribly attractive to stay in New York, an exodus of conservatives would mean ceding the field to Cuomo and his angry, immoderate governance. We need to be missionaries in the field, not retreating back to the fortresses.

That’s easy to say when you aren’t living there and paying taxes. I live in CT and I will get out of this state as soon as I can but it won’t be for many years, unfortunately. The deep blue states are lost and in fact are metastasizing into the red states and ruining them too.

jnelchef on January 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

If I go there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

What will be the final solution…?

d1carter on January 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

NY should give some financial incentive for conservatives to move elsewhere to decrease that segment of the population………such as more hikes in taxes.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

awesome

What’s hilarious, is the commercials I see airing that are promising Tax Free Zones for the next ten years to any business that sets up shop in New York State.

Liberals. Blithering idiots.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

we are getting pounded with that commercial and a whole lot of union crap here in Texas. We hear it as comic relief.

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

That’s easy to say when you aren’t living there and paying taxes. I live in CT and I will get out of this state as soon as I can but it won’t be for many years, unfortunately. The deep blue states are lost and in fact are metastasizing into the red states and ruining them too.

jnelchef on January 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Exactly. I want as many conservatives in my great state of Texas as we can get. Isn’t each state supposed to be an experiment unto themselves? If you tax people into oblivion, chances are they won’t stay. They are already flooding us with illegals.

I think states are going to begin to move away from central government. Look at pot. It is illegal on the federal level, but two states have said “f%ck off” and made it legal on their own. Why can’t we as Texans do the same thing with issues important to us?

By the way Sean, Texas has a massive coastal area.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The anti-gay remark, it should be noted, applies to Republicans who hold the same position on same-sex marriage as Barack Obama did until the middle of 2012. And according to most polls, the abortion position is hardly extreme, especially among Republicans. Cuomo is certainly free to consider these positions incorrect and argue for his own positions. Instead, he told the press that he felt those political positions were in essence illegitimate for public consumption.

Racist homophobe.

/You were expecting reasonableness from the left?

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

And now Cuomo is spinning, too, trying to argue that he didn’t say what he said.

All leftists are like this, from obama down to the HA libtard fools.

The media allow the officials to get away with it. May they suffocate from dereliction of duty, every one of them.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

This is a trial balloon. We are entering the advanced stages of demonizing Christianity and conservatives. Should this not be too painful for Cuomo look for this to be a national democratic theme. This has been developing and breached several times now since Obama and the democrats have held the majority and the hard push is just starting to begin.

They know the lies cannot continue to work so the next stage is to silence the truth.

Skwor on January 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I’m reminded of the vicious booing of God at the most recent Democrat national convention. Scary stuff indeed.

visions on January 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

That’s easy to say when you aren’t living there and paying taxes.

You know I live in high-tax, deep-blue Minnesota, right?

Ed Morrissey on January 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

While it’s not terribly attractive to stay in New York, an exodus of conservatives would mean ceding the field to Cuomo and his angry, immoderate governance. We need to be missionaries in the field, not retreating back to the fortresses.

Makes no sense. Why stay somewhere you are not welcome? The idiots just voted a Sandinista into the NYC mayor’s office. The place is gone, and conservatives in NYC have somewhere else to go. It’s not like NY is ever going to go red in an national election.

CycloneCDB on January 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

What part of the state are you from?

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Been to NY once in my life for a layover(it was the longest 4 hrs of my life) and vowed never to got back. Coumo gives even more reason not to go back

ConservativePartyNow on January 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Ed Morrissey on January 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Could you not, just as easily do your work from Texas? We would love to have you Ed.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Well, there goes any shot Cuomo had at the White House. This is like Mitten’s “47%” remark on steroids.

Doughboy on January 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

NYC abortions:

non-Hispanic Blacks have a 59.8% abortion rate.

Hispanics have a 41.3% abortion rate.

Asians have a 22.7% abortion rate.

And non-Hispanic Whites have a 20.4% abortion rate.

The fact that 41% of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion is not a secret and it’s not anything new.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=7883827

The NY Democrat party rejoices.

visions on January 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

exclusion and blacklisting

In Nazi Germany this technique of repeatedly attacking good innocent people for a political end of destruction was known as scapegoating, but I suspect it is more like pre-Christian Rome where we can correctly call it persecution. It has many faces–all evil.
Saul Alinsky and his hate-filled followers are just playing a very old game.

Don L on January 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Do you think old blue eyes would still hammer out that theme song of NY if he was still alive?

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Well, there goes any shot Cuomo had at the White House. This is like Mitten’s “47%” remark on steroids.

Doughboy on January 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Conservatives, leave the US because that is not who Americans are” — Cuomo 2016

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Sure, the fools can afford to say that.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Why can’t we as Texans do the same thing with issues important to us?

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Because establishment hacks Joe Straus and David Dewhurst are running the show in Austin. Both men have primary challengers this year in case you wanted to help give these guys the heave-ho.

Kafir on January 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Democrat = LIAR…

ExpressoBold on January 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

the Vagina Monologues is an activist leftist production; it’s not like a guest shot on a sitcom. She should have known what she was signing up for and. While I’d be outraged if she lost a “normal” role and thought the whole Duck Dynasty thing was BS, when you sign up to be part of a “movement,” different rule apply.

urban elitist on January 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Hopefully, what most Republicans take away from this is that Democrats realize our internal divisions are our greatest weakness as a party.

We call their constant attempts to divide us as a party “a clue”.

Marcus Traianus on January 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Hopefully, what most Republicans take away from this is that Democrats realize our internal divisions are our greatest weakness as a party.

We call their constant attempts to divide us as a party “a clue”.

Marcus Traianus on January 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

While they call themselves the “uniters”, no kidding.

NO one has divided the land more than they have, obama on top of the heap. The hued one was going to “unite the country” and now he plays the tiny violin “oh, they hate me because I’m black”, poor idiot puppy. Wait, puppies are way smarter.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

urban elitist on January 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

So, enlightened one, what your saying is that Conservatives have no right to act in Liberal Plays.

Hypocrite.

kingsjester on January 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

your s/b you’re

kingsjester on January 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden nominated for post of student rector at Glasgow University http://t.co/rUF1hhhtU9 – @BBCBreaking

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

non-Hispanic Blacks have a 59.8% abortion rate.

Hispanics have a 41.3% abortion rate.

Asians have a 22.7% abortion rate.

And non-Hispanic Whites have a 20.4% abortion rate.

The fact that 41% of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion is not a secret and it’s not anything new.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=7883827

Plus, according to the Census Bureau, 53% of all Hispanic babies in the U.S. are born to single mothers.

So much for the myth of the highly moral Hispanic family unit that Jeb Bush and other amnesty advocates constantly push.

bw222 on January 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Kafir on January 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I will be voting against Dewhurst. Sen. Patrick is currently leading the challengers. I don’t know enough about them (challengers) to know who would be the better choice. My Rep. is Tryon Lewis. He isn’t running this year. It is between local business man Austin Keith and Brooks Landgraf.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Houston with cousins in about 100 other counties around the state. Most in the piney woods, farmers around Colorado City/Sweetwater/Abilene and some oil field trash in Midland/Andrews. DFW is represented too.

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Hypocrite.

kingsjester on January 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Proving again that you should quit calling them “liberal”.

They are never truly liberal, nor progressive, having just stolen the terms.

They are always fascist thugs and s/b called leftist fascist thugs. You have the pen. Internalize this, please.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Houston with all kinds of relatives everywhere in the state.

(previous response lost unless it shows up somewhere else)

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

What’s scary is when you link to the Gerson article and read the comments, you see just how many leftists are gleefully agreeing with Cuomo. The ignorance, malevolence, and downright hatred of these people is truly sick. I once wondered how Hitler could have come to power. Now I know.

idalily on January 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Once again we see the reality behind ‘tolerance’ and openness for ‘debate’ and ‘compromise’ from a progressive-fascist politician.

It’s ironic that he’s inviting New Yorkers to vote with their feet – particularly since at the end of 2013, New York was surpassed by Florida as the 4th most populated state in the US.

This is also from the same governor who continues to cripple the NY state economy by his continued opposition to the use of fracking within the state – despite his own government’s studies that show fracking will not only not damage the environment, but generate jobs and wealth.

Athos on January 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Auto-play makes everything horrible.

Hayabusa on January 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Auto-play makes everything horrible.

Hayabusa on January 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Thread Winner!

Buttercup on January 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Yea!! New York, I love the way they think, they give us great people like Cuomo and our very own moderate Republican Mr. King. I hope our next President comes out of the Northeast. Then, they can teach the rest of us how life is lived correctly and how government is supposed to function.

DDay on January 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Sean Hannity says he can’t wait to get out of New York now

Why would anyone want to live in New York, anyway?

At least Californians can rationalize that the great weather and beautiful scenery make up for the socialist train wreck of a government. But NY doesn’t even have that.

Hayabusa on January 21, 2014 at 1:56 PM

While it’s not terribly attractive to stay in New York, an exodus of conservatives would mean ceding the field to Cuomo and his angry, immoderate governance. We need to be missionaries in the field, not retreating back to the fortresses.

Ed, I live in NYC. Believe me, between Di Blasio and Cuomo, it is no picnic.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on January 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I guess knowing you’re living in target#1 does bad things to the brain.

bbhack on January 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Does Cuomo REALLY want every other state to declare itself off limits to anyone from New York? “New Yorkers, Keep Out.”

Is that REALLY what Cuomo wants? ‘Cause given human nature, I can see that happening if Cuomo isn’t reduced to the human stain he appears to be.

Lourdes on January 21, 2014 at 2:04 PM

“New York: the OTHER

Lourdes on January 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Auto-play makes everything horrible.

Hayabusa on January 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

+1 insightful

shoutingboy on January 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

KEYBOARD ERROR ABOVE, SORRY…

“New York: the OTHER

Lourdes on January 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

WAS SUPPOSED TO BE:

“New York, the OTHER Detroit.”

Lourdes on January 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

So, Lemegetthisstraight.

If you are pro-life, and only 30% of New Yorkers are pro-life (causing one to wonder exactly how that question was phrased precisely)you do not belong in New York.

Does the you do not belong in New York apply if 51% of New Yorkers believe one thing and 49% do not? What is the threshhold?

What if 30% of New Yorkers believe they should not have to pay such high taxes? Does that mean they have no place in New York? If 70% of people feel this way, does that mean politicians putting these high taxes in place have no place in New York?

If 30% of people think they should be allowed to drink large sodas, do they have no place in New York?

talkingpoints on January 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I live in Odessa. Right now I am staying out on one of my rigs, until we complete this current well. Good to meet a fellow Texan.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

There’s more on here than you know.

DDay on January 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Auto-play makes everything horrible.

Hayabusa on January 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

You know you can turn that off very easily and never be bothered by it ever again, right?

Bmore on January 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

What’s hilarious, is the commercials I see airing that are promising Tax Free Zones for the next ten years to any business that sets up shop in New York State. It will be just like my city’s attempt at that. The businesses that were exempt couldn’t move out fast enough once that status ended.

Liberals. Blithering idiots.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I know we’ve been having a good laugh over those ads too. NY is so great for business Hardee har har. That’s why so many are closing up shop and leaving in droves. The libtard way is to say the complete opposite of what it true like claiming how tolerant they are of opposing viewpoints. I live Upstate, my district is solid Red, full of Conservative extremists the ones King Andy says aren’t welcome and frankly I can’t leave fast enough. Only 4 years and 10 months to go and I’m out of this shithole state.

Buttercup on January 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

A good bit of it may have been Cuomo doing a political calculation. NYC’s new Communist mayor, De Blasio, makes no secret that he has his eyes on the Governor’s Mansion in Albany.

Cuomo may have concluded that he had to move left of Gauleiter Ed to hold his coalition together and fend off a primary challenge.

He just didn’t expect anyone outside of New York to notice, is all.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Didn’t Rush take his millions in taxes out of NY?

Sergeant Major on January 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

And now Cuomo is spinning, too, trying to argue that he didn’t say what he said.

I’m not a big believer in boycotts but it seems to me that organizations holding conventions, individuals planning vacations, and (of course) businesses seeking new locations should all take into consideration if you really want to spend money in a state that doesn’t value tolerance.

If you value traditional families, the First and Second amendments, and all life……. well then New York hates you.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Cuomos’ father didnt run for POTUS because he was in deep with the Queens NY mafioso. Too much dirty laundry. Google Queens Borough President Donald Manes. He came out of the Democrat Party machine in Queens as Andrews dad did.
Stabbed himself to death with a kitchen knife after a visit from a local mafia bagman. Mario Cuomo was cut from the same political cloth.

Thicklugdonkey on January 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I guess he’s never been outside Albany and NYC.

Kafir on January 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

There are lots of conservatives in upstate New York, who are never noticed by tunnel-vision of the ignorant masses living in the NYC bubble who have never ventured west of the Hudson River or north of The Bronx. But since NYC has a larger population than the rest of the state, upstate New Yorkers have no voice in how they are governed.

Maybe the solution is for the rest of New York State to secede from NYC, and suddenly Cuomo would be struggling to govern a purplish-red state. Or maybe he could run against DiBlasio for mayor of NYC.

Steve Z on January 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Just go schtupp your Semi-homemade concubine and leave New Yorkers alone.

Maddie on January 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

DDay on January 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Glad to read it.

Buttercup on January 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Good luck, and God bless with that.

I constantly tell my wife how blessed we are to have been born into the lives we have. She doesn’t understand what I mean by that. Hopefully everything goes well with your exodus. What is holding you back?

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Why would anyone want to live in New York, anyway?

At least Californians can rationalize that the great weather and beautiful scenery make up for the socialist train wreck of a government. But NY doesn’t even have that.

Hayabusa on January 21, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The 4 seasons. And it is absolutely beautiful in the Adirondack Mtns where I live. I take it you’ve never been…anywhere. Perhaps you can read a brochure and try learn something. It’s a big state. Over the long weekend I managed to downhill ski, ice fish, ice skate and shot skeet. Also shot a coyote over deer bait. NY would be a great place to live if the filthy commies didn’t ruin it but they did. btw I lived in Northern Cali for 8 years, the weather sucked, the ocean freezing, cost of living too high and the hippies stink.

Buttercup on January 21, 2014 at 2:40 PM

It’s not a good idea to stay where you’re not wanted. I learned that from my relatives who didn’t make it out of Europe before the Holocaust.

vityas on January 21, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Cuomo to the right “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Conservative or Tea Party?

McCarthyism is alive and well in the Dem party (except that McCarthy has been proven to be right)

neyney on January 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I tend to agree with Cuomo – conservatives don’t belong in NY any longer – so they should all take all of their wealth and jobs and tax payments to a different state.
I’d love to see how fast NY collapses if all of the people Cuomo doesn’t like – i.e. conservatives aka the people who pay all the bills – actually did pack up and leave.

dentarthurdent on January 21, 2014 at 2:44 PM

regarding one’s democratic opponents as unfit for democracy.

The first step toward dehumanizing their opponents. Once that’s achieved, loading their opponents on trains won’t bother them in the least.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

What CurtZHP wrote ^^.

Lourdes on January 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM
I live in Odessa. Right now I am staying out on one of my rigs, until we complete this current well. Good to meet a fellow Texan.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

cough, cough Born in Cali (dad was in Navy) and moved to Fort Worth in 1964 when I was 3. I’m a Texas girl through and through.

neyney on January 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

As a native New Yorker, who fled the state for the South in 1974, here is the lowdown on NY. That state has been trending left with the passage of each year. When upstate aided downstate in electing Hillary as Senator, that was the moment that I knew there would be no political reversal for NY.
My 74 year old brother, who has lived just north of NYC, all his life, has finally had enough, and is putting his house on the market in the Spring, to move somewhere, where he can be free to exercise ALL of his constitutional rights.
I live in Texas, where Governor Cuomo and his ilk will have to pry my gun from my cold, dead hands.

kjatexas on January 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

What is holding you back?

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 2:39

15+ years into a 20 year pension which will go a lot farther elsewhere.

Buttercup on January 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

non-Hispanic Blacks have a 59.8% abortion rate.

Hispanics have a 41.3% abortion rate.

Asians have a 22.7% abortion rate.

And non-Hispanic Whites have a 20.4% abortion rate.

The fact that 41% of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion is not a secret and it’s not anything new.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=7883827

The NY Democrat party rejoices.

visions on January 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

What percentage of children do think should be born to single mothers? 95% or what? I hope you don’t call yourself “pro-family”, because you aren’t.

thuja on January 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Cuomo’s remarks exposed his fascist core, a basic disqualification for public office.

petefrt on January 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I am firmly in the camp, that eventually the country will split. It will take some massive event, but it will happen. We are polar opposites, the left and the right. What is going on in New York is only getting worse. The sitting governor of a state is telling people he disagrees with politically, that he does not want them in the state, with zero objection from anyone except the people he is attacking. New York is just the beginning.

God bless Texas.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

What percentage of children do think should be born to single mothers? 95% or what? I hope you don’t call yourself “pro-family”, because you aren’t.

thuja on January 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

How about all of them. Thank you for acknowledging that the life inside of a woman is a person.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

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