Not a damn thing, that's what. Politics will politic of course. Whether innocent or not, New York politicians may find it's worth their time to run Cuomo out on a rail. In fact, the only reason we know of this series of accusations is because earlier in the year stories were emerging of a catastrophic level of deaths in New York nursing homes due to Covid and New York's handling of the crisis. So out of dumb, blind luck, we suddenly heard about all these accusations and forgot about the whole nursing homes in New York story.
Remember, a year ago the press was gaga over Cuomo. Cuomo, as opposed to EvilTrump, was the man. Some were pushing him for a presidential run. The guy won an Emmy Award! Cuomo was the shining star of the party, of America, of the World.
But there were troubles, including the nagging realization that a massive percentage of those who died of Covid in America died in New York. True, much of it occurred in actual New York City, but the two are seldom far apart in the minds of most Americans.
Most preferred the media narrative, perfectly acceptable to Never Trumpers everywhere, that over 600,000 Americans died because of Donald Trump. Trump and Trump alone killed all 600,000. This was an important narrative buttressing last year's post-rules and standards months long silver platter election. No matter how uninformed he was, the American voter who just received an open ballot in the mail knew it was Trump who was killing Americans by the hundreds of thousands.
So a story that shined light on the fact that there is more to that stat than that stat was troubling to the all important media narrative. As I've said before, if nature abhors a vacuum, the news media abhors complexity and nuance. So once more, when things that trouble a liberal agenda or a liberal narrative occur, in a bizarre coincidence, accusations of sexual assault or similar explosive headlines, are usually forthcoming.
None of this is to say he isn't guilty. I'll leave that for an actual hearing. Just like Bill Cosby. I never said Cosby was innocent or not. I merely noted that the accusations against America's Favorite Dad didn't come until after he outraged liberals by giving a speech calling on Black America to stop blaming whites and rise up and take responsibility for their lives.
Same here. Without making a judgment, I can still note the timing. Because at best, much of it is no doubt about politics and agendas and Cuomo. Nonetheless, his actual behavior, if true, doesn't really say anything about liberal Democrats, New Yorkers, men, or any group to which Cuomo happens to belong. That should be common sense yet, even as I write this, I ponder just how extreme such a view is in our modern, Internet, American state of affairs.
I realize it's nothing new. Throughout history, finding the attitude that a person from Group X did something because they were part of Group X is more common than not. After WWII, we decided that wasn't healthy thinking and began our move toward that 'one race, the human race' thinking, with not judging someone except for content of individual character.
When did that began to change back to old time thinking? I don't know. I blame feminism for a lot of things, but it seems to my recollections that it was feminists who first turned the clock back by suggesting, rather successfully back in the 80s when I was in college, that a man doesn't rape a woman because he's a bad man. He rapes her because he's a man and that's always what men are and have done.
I dunno. Maybe it wasn't feminists, but that's the first I remember in my life where judging an entire group of humanity based on the actions of an individual in that group seemed quite acceptable and endorsed by our best and brightest. Today it's practically gospel truth. The question isn't whether or not Cuomo did this because he was being bad. The question is which of his identifying group identities can be blamed: a Democrat, a man, a New Yorker, a brother of a CNN host. The possibilities are endless.
It's also wrong. To suggest Cuomo behaving badly - assuming the accusations are true - means anything about anyone other than Cuomo is simply stepping backward in time and learning nothing from the past. I realize the temptation for conservatives is to do it to them, given how often it is done to conservatives. That if three Mongolians raped a Nigerian woman in Brazil, some will find a way to make it about white conservative Christian men. I get that.
But as my mom always says - and she's been quoted by many - two wrongs don't make a right. For now, I suggest letting the Democrats clean their own house, and avoid the temptation to make this about anything other than Cuomo and the parties in question. So far, that seems to be how conservatives are reacting, and that's good. Just my two cents worth, which is usually worth about two cents.