Carl Paladino is really screwing up, and Andrew Cuomo is exposing him as a rookie political novice.
Many of us were raised on this tradition: “if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
So borrowing a diplomacy page from the parental playbook, perhaps the nicest thing we could say is Cuomo is making Paladino look like a light weight. Further, quoting Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Rollins has labeled the Paladino campaign "absurd and irrational.” According to Rollins, “the Republican Party will take 10 years to recover from this candidacy.”
For now, I’m not even questioning Paladino’s fitness for being governor. (many others are doing that) But the man has blown any shot he had at beating Cuomo.
Let’s look at how Paladino has handled two subjects in the news recently. Marital affairs and debates.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS MR. PALADINO, don’t preempt your own negative attack.
You hit your opponent when you have the goods, or when you box your rival in, where he is forced to answer a question.
If you preempt your own negative attack, you are simply giving your rival cover. That is exactly what Paladino has done. He actually helped Cuomo.
How is this possible? What am I talking about? It’s simple. When Paladino claims Cuomo’s sexual “prowess is legendary," without providing any details, Paladino has effectively removed the issue off the table.
By sounding like he’s so out of control, so reckless, when reporters actually tried to ask Cuomo the question, Paladino has handled the matter so badly, that Cuomo can take the high road, and not be forced to answer.
In other words, Paladino swinging in the air aimlessly, by being so baseless in his claim without evidence, you could have predicted Cuomo response Friday to a possible affair question:
"I'm not going to get into the gutter with my opponent; we've gone through this before." Cuomo said.
Paladino has tried to explain to reporters his prior claim that the Democratic attorney general had multiple "paramours" while married to Kerry Kennedy. Paladino contends he made the unsubstantiated claim only to get journalists to ask Cuomo the same questions they had been asking of him.
But from now until the day Cuomo takes office… directly because of how Paladino handled the issue…Cuomo will simply say "I’m not going in the gutter with Paladino" and decline to answer any such question.
What Paladino didn’t consider is that he gave Mr. Cuomo more of an out than Cuomo’s own key advisers could have come up with.
On the issue of debates, Paladino has also badly handled himself. Frankly it’s the only issue Paladino has had left to throw at Cuomo, but even that didn’t work.
Paladino made the mistake of thinking he could attack and attack, without Cuomo giving in, but Cuomo has now agreed to share the stage with Paladino, AND ALL THE OTHER CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR, and simply play a game of “beat the clock,” during the one hour time. They will all gang up on Cuomo as the front runner, and he will simply “talk to the voters ignoring everyone.”
Thus, Paladino’s message and more importantly his attacks against Cuomo will be diluted.
Paladino came on strong in the final weeks against front-runner Rick Lazio, so this should be said, the potential for that to happen again is there, but Andrew Cuomo is no Rick Lazio.
It bears repeating Cuomo is no Lazio.
Paladino’s general election campaign has been so bad, at this point Paladino will be lucky to escape with his image and not damage his lucrative Buffalo real estate business.
If Paladino has not been making one mistake after another, what does he do on Sunday? In the middle of of the all the recent news about suicide in the gay community and antigay violence, Paladino delivers a speech to Orthodox Jewish Leaders in Brooklyn, and says the following:
-Children should not be "brainwashed" into thinking homosexuality is acceptable.
Rush Limbaugh loves to call Obama a Nazi. To me this shows either Rush has no concept of history or he is deliberately lying, because there is NO RESEMBLANCE between Obama's policies and Nazism. I seriously think Rush needs to read the classic history The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
The National Jewish Democratic Council is sick and tired of Rush's ignorance and/or deliberate deception and are demanding that Rush stop his irresponsible Nazi rhetoric. From the NJDC:
Rush Limbaugh has engaged in some wild right-wing antics over the years. But yesterday he compared President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Hitler and today his website has the logo of the president's health insurance reform plan morphing into a Nazi graphic replete with Swastikas.
Michael Bloomberg must not run for mayor on the Republican line.
Sunday's NY Post David Seifman "Inside City Hall" column states that Bloomberg is sending out robo-calls saying how close Bloomberg is to Barack Obama's policies. Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson was stunned.
Yes, New York City is a Democrat town. Barack Obama is a Democrat. Perhaps Bloomberg feels that he has to do this. Or perhaps Bloomberg just quite simply really is a Democrat and has been all along.
Ultimately, Obama's policies are a disaster for New York City. Obama has no love of Wall Street. The rich are all greedy -- their money must be confiscated and redistributed through killing taxes.
Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long announced today that his Party will preempt the Republican Party by holding its state convention to choose its Senate and Gubernatorial nominees on May 23rd in the Big Apple, one week before the May 31st GOP Convention begins on Long Island.