A Tale of Two Governers
Neoconservatarian Note – This is posted by me because of some reasons preventing Socialistocrat from posting that are quite frankly none of your business. Anyways, ignore my fake animosity and enjoy this article (not written by me) and the awesome alliteration (which is, meta-ly, an awesome alliteration) of the segment title of this italicized part.
So I’m in D.C. this summer being an unpaid intern for a super liberal nonprofit
(is anyone surprised) but a lot of my job is blogging. Unfortunately, because I’m
blogging for an organization, I can’t just blindly write my opinion like I do here.
Anyway, I was thrilled on Friday night when the NY State Legislature passed same-
sex marriage. In my opinion this is great, marriage equality is a civil rights issue
and it is embarrassing where we stand as a society on LGBT issues. That said, more
interesting to me was the politics of this whole thing. There was a great article in
the New York Times (a liberal who loves the Times, what are the odds?) about how
Governor Andrew Cuomo muscled the bill through the legislature. This was an
impressive exhibition of political maneuvering and prowess and one that is getting
Cuomo talked about for a potential presidential contender in 2016 (until that sex
scandal happens…you heard in here first). I bring this up because the articles that
mention him as a contender also tend to mention my “great” governor Martin
O’Malley. The thing with O’Malley is I have no substantive policy differences with
him, he’s a good dem and I’m a good partisan. I just always feel like he is an empty
suit. His whole career is made of power climbing and political calculations, and not
the bold calculations like Cuomo just showed. O’Malley is also the catholic governor
of a liberal state that had a chance to pass same-sex marriage legislation. However,
rather than strong arm legislators in the General Assemby, O’Malley took a hands off
approach that, while politically safer, meant the bill failed to get enough support in
the house. I’m not saying he could have passed it, but the governors weight would
have meant a lot and the final shenanigans several delegate pulled to get attention
for their own issues would not have stood if the gov had been breathing down their
necks (can you tell I’m still bitter?).
The point I’m making is read the times piece…
…and compare these two governors who are very similar on paper but took very
different actions under nearly identical circumstances. God, it feels great to blog my
mindless opinion and not have to be politically correct.
P.S. I keep getting told to be super careful what I post to the internet so I just
want to make a clarification that my nom de plume is meant as a joke in response
to “neoconservatarian.” Not since I’ve had any intellectual thought have I considered
myself anything close to a socialist (except for maybe the Bernie Sanders kind, but
even then, he hates the Fed too much, but I digress…). Just wanted to make it clear.
I am a moderate democrat who goes by the name socialistocrat because I think its
mildly amusing. Just saying…