Cuomo Calls Out the Democrats
The man who should have run for President in 1988 and spared us both Bushes is now telling Democrats to keep the son from illegally getting us into a war with Iran as he did in Iraq.
Mario Cuomo broke his political silence Friday night after the Lieberman/Kyl vote with an impassioned reminder that the Constitution gave war-making power to Congress to avoid having it exercised by one man who â€œmay be mad, an egotist, misguided or stupid.â€
â€œThat power cannot be delegated,â€ he said on MSNBCâ€™s Hardball. â€œYou canâ€™t adopt a resolution and say well, the Founding Fathers wanted us to do it, but itâ€™s too heavy a lift for us, so we empower you, Mr. President, if you feel like doing it, to do it.â€
He enjoined Democrats not to repeat their 2002 mistake of abdicating their will to a President who misjudged everything about going to war in Iraq:
â€œ(H)e was wrong about the reason for it, he was wrong about complicity, he was wrong about how many troops we needed, he was wrong about how we would be greeted when we got there, he was wrong about the civil war, wrong about how much it would cost, wrong about how long it would last and now youâ€™re saying maybe he can start another war.â€
A new generation may not remember the former Governor of New York who dropped out of public life after electrifying the 1984 Democratic convention with his â€œshining city on a hillâ€ keynote speech and in 1992 going as far as keeping a plane waiting to fly to New Hampshire to run against the reelection of the first President Bush.
Cuomo changed his mind at the last minute and, after Bill Clintonâ€™s election, declined a likely nomination to the Supreme Court.
When a man of that caliber reminds this yearâ€™s Presidential hopefuls to go to the mat with Bush about Iran, they would do well to listen.
Cross-posted from my blog.