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Cuomo the Intolerant

New York is already losing money, tax revenue, and talent, as residents migrate to less economically punishing states. Cuomo wants to 'purify' New York even further. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

New York is already losing money, tax revenue, and talent, as residents migrate to less economically punishing states. Cuomo’s revealing comments suggests he wants to ‘purify’ New York even further. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

The New York governor’s recent remarks show just how close-minded liberals can be

Jonah Goldberg  writes:  On paper, “liberal intolerance” is something of an oxymoron, like “jumbo shrimp,” “loyal opposition,” or “conspicuous absence.” But what makes oxymorons funny is that they are real things. There are jumbo shrimp. Absences can be conspicuous, opponents can be loyal, and liberals can be staggeringly and myopically intolerant.

[Amazon has Jonah Goldberg's fine book: The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas]

Last Friday, in a public-radio interview, New York governor Andrew Cuomo offered the sort of potted analysis of the national Republican party one would expect from an MSNBC talk show. But he went a bit further. After nodding to the fact that, historically, the New York state Republican party has been the most ideologically gelded of the breed (it is the birthplace of Rockefeller Republicanism, after all), Cuomo proclaimed that “extreme conservatives” have “no place in the state of New York.”

Who are extreme conservatives? People who are “right-to-life, pro–assault weapon, anti-gay.”

It’s an interesting — and repugnant — tautology: Extremists hold extreme views, and we can identify extreme views by the fact they are held by extremists.

Of course, Cuomo frames the matter to his benefit. Opposing same-sex marriage — the mainstream Democratic position not long ago — is now anti-gay. Being in favor of gun rights is pro–assault weapon (whatever that means).

Most vexing and revealing, however, is that Cuomo doesn’t even bother to wrap opposition to abortion in scary adjectives. Simply believing in a right to life is extremist, and such extremists have “no place in the state of New York.” Cuomo claims that he was being taken out of context. He was talking about “extreme” Republican politicians, not average citizens. Fair enough.

Still, given that Cuomo is the scion of one of the most famously Catholic families in America, it’s a pretty remarkable statement…

Read the rest…

National Review Online

— Jonah Goldberg is the author of The Tyranny of Clichés, now on sale in paperback. You can write to him by e-mail at goldbergcolumn@gmail.com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO. © 2014 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

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4 Comments on “Cuomo the Intolerant”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet The New York governor’s recent remarks show just how close-minded liberals can be Jonah […]

  2. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    Maybe, he’s screwed up in the head, because aside from other things, he goes off making the imbecilic SAFE Act over a Connecticut issue, rants how Jews, Catholics, Christians, are not welcome. Cuomo must resign. There is no place for his bigotry and racism. Adolph Hitler would be proud of him. In fact, he outdid his father who has the nickname “Il Duce” because he was just like Mussolini. Maybe it runs in the family? Remember, 2015, defeat Andrew Cuomo, and toss his rear end into the gutter, where he belongs.


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