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Posted by on Sep 30, 2007 in War | 12 comments

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 “may be mad, an egotist, misguided or stupid.”

“That power cannot be delegated,” he said on MSNBC’s Hardball. “You can’t adopt a resolution and say well, the Founding Fathers wanted us to do it, but it’s too heavy a lift for us, so we empower you, Mr. President, if you feel like doing it, to do it.”

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:

“(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 you’re saying maybe he can start another war.”

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 “shining city on a hill” 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 Clinton’s election, declined a likely nomination to the Supreme Court.

When a man of that caliber reminds this year’s Presidential hopefuls to go to the mat with Bush about Iran, they would do well to listen.

Cross-posted from my blog.

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  • Is Cuomo a good guy, with some good thoughts? Yes. But he was a terrible governor. NY was a mess in his years at the top, and, given his track record, a good Prez he wd not have been.

  • domajot

    I hope the Democrats are listening.

  • Rudi

    Webb already introduced an Iran resolution back in March, it’s still tied up in committee. But Lieberman’s nonsense gets a free pass. Webb and Florida’s Crist are the future if someone gives them a voice.

  • krit

    At least its a strong voice coming out against the build-up to war with Iran. It seems that those who are not currently serving or running for office are the only ones who are capable of speaking freely.

  • domajot

    Webb is proving to be quite an asset.
    Clear thinker. Calm and well spiken.

    Future president?

  • Obviously, recapping the legality of the war resolutions is wasted effort here. Better check with that notorious neocon Joe Biden about that, Mr. Stein.

    Cuomo had as much chance of being elected in 1988 as Dukakis did.

  • krit

    I disagree, Tully. Cuomo was much better-known than Dukakis- who didn’t have much of a national profile in 1988. Dukakis also was a poor campaigner. Cuomo was a well-respected figure who might have had an easier time defeating George H. W. Bush.

  • My bird dog would have had an easier time than Dukakis–but that isn’t the same as actually having a chance at winning.

  • krit

    Tully- Especially after he was smeared by the RNC with the Willie Horton ads-right?

    This is hypothetical and impossible to prove either way- but Cuomo was a big figure in the Democratic Party and would have given Bush 41 a much better fight, as he would have had a lot of support from name recognition and reputation alone. Dukakis was obscure and had little charisma.

    Also, the GOP party establishment was always lukewarm about 41.

  • Cuomo is the worst sort of liberal- sanctimonious, and not willing to lay his rocks on the line.

    Bush 1 wd have won. The times determine the fortunes.

    But, even had Cuomo won, he would not have been a good Prez. Better than W, but there are tapeworms who’d better Prezes.

  • DLS

    The liberal media hype his 1984 speech, but it featured him looking and sounding like a surly, whining loser.

  • DLS

    Cuomo had as much chance of being elected in 1988 as Dukakis did.

    He had a chance in 1992 to at least get the Democratic nomination, when he could have entered the race as late as their convention and have consigned Bill Clinton to oblivion.

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