Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Thursday, Sept. 16:
The Republican Party’s nomination of Buffalo developer Carl Paladino in Tuesday’s primary vote is both an embarrassment and a disservice to those who hoped for a revival of two-party politics in Albany, we conclude. We write:
… The GOP faithful who stayed home on Tuesday can thank their political negligence for Paladino’s victory; his personal conduct and skimpy ideas cannot reflect the majority view of New York Republicans. GOP voters might also complain of the poor showing by Lazio. Apparently believing polls that showed him leading Paladino, Lazio declined to debate. Instead, he aimed most of his barbs at Cuomo. Lazio’s profile was lifted during the debate over the Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero. He opposed the proposal, garnering much attention in the process. Evidently, that was not enough to lift his candidacy among primary voters.
Cuomo, who certainly deserves no stroll to the governor’s mansion, might wish to mimic Lazio and ignore Paladino. That would be the wrong impulse; New Yorkers deserve a full discussion of the issues and solutions for addressing the state’s problems. We wish that discussion included a GOP candidate for governor who reflected the best ideas and better nature of his party. Tuesday’s result gave us much less than that. All New Yorkers are poorer for it.
Tea Party: Cartoon
Matt Davies comments on the Tea Party’s growing influence on the national Republican agenda in today’s cartoon.
Tea Party: Reisman
Phil Reisman assesses the fallout from Tuesday’s primary in his column.