Let’s at least give Governor Cuomo credit for a debate performance in which he provided an example to Michael Grimm of how to seethe with anger yet not threaten to throw your antagonist off a balcony.
Mr. Cuomo took his watered-down medicine Oct. 22 during the hour-long debate in which half the time was taken up by the Green and Libertarian Party candidates. This cut into the time in which Rob Astorino could play the populist and accuse him of doling out “massive corporate welfare” that came back to him in the form of $45 million in campaign contributions, and assert that Preet Bharara would soon present him with a pair of custom-made handcuffs. It also reduced the time in which the Governor was forced to contain his fury while responding that Mr. Astorino has dishonored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., shown his disrespect for women as part of his “ultra-conservative” agenda, and was a liar as well. He also compared him to Sarah Palin while implying that she at least was principled on the subject of fracking.