Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a true believer of his own lies: Goodwin

As a younger reporter protecting New York politics, I used to be shocked at how ceaselessly metropolis and state officers lied to the press. They did it on large points and small ones, to your face and in writing, on the report and off the report. It was so computerized and informal that it appeared instinctive. 

I as soon as talked about my dismay to Murray Kempton, an older, courtly, onetime Post columnist whose generosity of spirit prolonged even to probably the most venal, so long as they weren’t politicians. 

Kempton checked out me with a seen-it-all shrug and declared: “Why shouldn’t they lie to you? They lie to themselves all the time.” 

Which brings us to Gov. ­Cuomo’s Monday press conference the place he declared, “I have told you the facts on COVID from Day One . . . I told you the truth.” 

That’s a provable lie and a damnable one, too. But within the spirit of Kempton, who died in 1997, allow us to think about the chance that Cuomo now not has the flexibility to differentiate reality from untruth. Having lied to himself for thus lengthy, mendacity to the general public comes naturally. 

As Hyman Roth might need stated, this is the enterprise he’s chosen. 

Cuomo’s enterprise is politics and, in his own bizarre means, he’s superb at it. He has conquered Albany like nobody in fashionable reminiscence. 

He used to say the state wanted a sturdy governor and Cuomo has been that to a fault. 

A Democrat at delivery, he early on labored with Republicans who managed the Senate so he might triangulate with centrist Dems. Now that far-left Dems management each homes, he has pummeled them into submission, hanging concern into their timid hearts. 

His strategy is pure carrot and stick: The carrot is that he gained’t use the stick when you submit. 

Recall that again in March, on the identical day the fourth and fifth girls got here ahead to accuse him of sexual harassment and requires his resignation grew, ­Cuomo threatened to launch unspecified allegations of corruption in opposition to legislators collected by the state ethics panel. 

Assemblyman Ron Kim claims that Gov. Cuomo called and threatened to "destroy" him.
Assemblyman Ron Kim claims that Gov. Cuomo known as and threatened to “destroy” him.
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Recall, too, the declare by Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim that ­Cuomo threatened to destroy him after he accused Cuomo’s workplace of protecting up the quantity of nursing-home deaths. 

“You have not seen my wrath. I have been biting my tongue for months,” Kim quoted the governor as saying in a cellphone name. “I can tell the whole world what a bad person you are and you will be finished, you will be destroyed.” 

Such studies have two impacts. First, everybody in New York is horrified. Second, everybody in New York is much less inclined to cross Cuomo. 

His competitors with his father is his final remaining problem, and there are solely two methods to win. One is to get a fourth time period as governor, which Mario didn’t do. 

The different is making it to the White House, which Mario wished however couldn’t carry himself to truly search. 

If he can accomplish one or each, Cuomo the Younger could have vindicated himself in his own eyes. 

If not, effectively, the thought of failure is insufferable, so he should win, regardless of the reality about his hand­ling of COVID or the rest. Even because the quantity of sexual-harassment allegations grew and grew and grew, Cuomo made it clear he would by no means resign. 

Quitting could be demise and so he despatched the clear message that he wouldn’t go with out a scorched-earth battle. Even Albany Republicans appear to have shrunk into their nook, afraid to bait the bear. 

Although Cuomo escaped one potential US Justice Department probe on nursing-home deaths, he is far from free and clear. Another federal examination of an alleged cover-up of nursing-home deaths is ongoing, as is the investigation into sexual-harassment allegations. 

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is probing Gov. Cuomo's sexual harassment allegations.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is probing Gov. Cuomo’s sexual harassment allegations.
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That is being carried out below state Attorney General Letitia James, and it is critical sufficient that Cuomo was in hiding for a week after his daylong interrogation. His technique of late has been to undermine James’ credibility by having his aides insist it’s all “just politics” and that she is angling to run in opposition to him subsequent yr. 

Cuomo himself additionally threw mud on the investigators James selected for the probe, saying Monday, “Look at who the independent investigators are. Do a little history, go to Google . . . and tell me what you see.” 

I learn his effort to distract and obfuscate as a signal he is aware of he’s in bother with the details. He’s a lawyer pounding the desk as a final resort. 

Yet political blood sport is not for the faint of coronary heart and if James and her group can’t take the warmth, they’ll quietly fold by issuing a mealy-mouthed “he said, she said” report. I don’t anticipate that to occur, but when it does, nervous lawmakers can then throw up their arms and say there is nothing they’ll do both. 

Such an consequence would have a double whammy, infuriating each the ladies making the allegations and compound the anger and struggling of those that misplaced family members in nursing houses. 

For each teams, there is a ­cruelty in Cuomo’s lack of regret, particularly his heartless cold-shoulder to the grieving nursing-home households. His preliminary declare of ignorance in regards to the fateful Department of Health order quickly morphed into a hostile protection of it, full with threats to remove the licenses of nursing-home house owners that successfully silenced those that had proof of his culpability. 

Given that sample, and the truth that he made $5 million on a e-book celebrating his management, the governor’s bid to color himself as a sufferer of politics is weaselly. Indeed, as lies go, it’s such an unconvincing one you need to marvel if he even believes it himself. 

Is Joe a vax doubter?

Exactly how a lot confidence does the Biden White House have within the COVID vaccinations? 

The plan to recommend masks for some who got the jab in sure conditions dangers bolstering the resisters. After all, if the vaccinations work, why return to the protections in place earlier than vaccines had been launched? 

It’s a good query, doubly so after Biden extended a ban on foreign visitors

The Biden administration's recent actions don't show confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Biden administration’s latest actions don’t present confidence within the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Both actions comply with sharp rises in positive tests for the Delta strain. But with a lot decrease will increase in hospitalizations and deaths, the strikes smack of a knee-jerk panic and a prelude to a different spherical of financial shutdowns that put some 22 million Americans out of work within the early days of the pandemic. 

Instead of stepping up his lagging vaccination efforts, Biden appears to be distracted and looking out in his rearview mirror. As any driver is aware of, that’s a certain approach to crash. 

The title recreation

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