New York Gov. Mario Cuomo spoke to the National Press Club in Washington recently. This is one of the most high-visibility forums for a politician aspiring to move from the local to the national stage. That is especially so when the politician is a member of the party not controlling the White House, and when the speech is delivered a mere 13 months before the New Hampshire presidential preference primary.
To an overflow crowd he delivered a speech in which the most memorable moment was when he put tongue between his lips and made a wet, rude noise. That was his assessment of the recent federal budget deficit process and agreement. As for questions about plans to run for president, he said, once again, ++ that he had no plans.
Maybe it's time to start taking this to mean that Mr. Cuomo is not going to run for president. Maybe he believes that given his state's low bond rating and high crime rate, what Republicans would do to him in a presidential campaign would make Gov. Michael Dukakis' 1988 ordeal seem gentle, a torture he does not wish to endure. Maybe those who accuse the party's new moderate organization, the Democratic Leadership Conference, of running a "stop Cuomo movement" ought to consider the possibility that there is no movement to stop.