Simultaneously, Cuomo has taken positions on abortion and guns that fit with generally liberal New York, but which put him well outside the mainstream of public opinion nationwide. After the legislature passed some of the most sweeping pro-abortion legislation in the country, Cuomo directed that One World Trade Center be lit up in lurid pink. He has also seldom met a gun-grabbing initiative he didn’t like. And while flirting with his own presidential candidacy in mid-2018, Cuomo artlessly attempted to embrace wokeness, declaring that ‘America was never that great’. These stances and statements would hardly play well in the states of the upper Midwest come November.

Finally, Cuomo does not enjoy Biden’s deep and abiding support among black voters, the key constituency in the Democratic primary so far, and the bloc Democrats most need to mobilize if they want to win in November. Biden unambiguously owes his nomination to black voters. To remove him and replace him with Cuomo would negate the power of black Democrats to select the party’s nominee at the ballot box — a dubious thing to do under any circumstances. Cuomo does not do poorly with the black vote, but he is not significantly above any number of the other national-level Democrats who actually ran for president.

Our New York-centric media loves to prop up politicians from the tristate area.