Biden's conspicuous silence on the Cuomo scandal

The big picture: Unlike many of his other Democratic critics, Cuomo respects and likes Biden. The two men have had good relations — during the transition, there was even (far-fetched) talk that the governor would be considered as Biden’s attorney general.

If Biden called for Cuomo to resign, it would mean infinitely more than Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s statement on Friday. Schumer and Cuomo have years of bad blood — and the governor would never take marching orders from the Senate majority leader.

A smart piece last year by the N.Y. Times’ Alex Burns explains the long history between Biden and the Cuomos, father and son.

That helps explain why calling for Cuomo’s resignation would be so uncomfortable for Biden.