New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s fate isn’t particularly interesting insofar as retail politics are concerned. But the meta ramifications could be fascinating:
He has virtually no public support. One-third of respondents are “not sure” and are excluded from the above, but outright majorities of most groups and strong pluralities of even Democrats and of liberals say he should vacate.
The state assembly and state senate presumably have the numbers to impeach and convict him, but New York is effectively a one-party state. Because the legislature routinely balks on principle at anything requiring Republican opposition to pass, it’s not certain they will be able to marshal a sufficient number of defenestration votes. It would be a lot easier if he’d resign on his own.
But it doesn’t look like he will. Cuomo is digging in his heels. Virginia governor Ralph Northam held on, but he never lost the public support of his own party the way Cuomo has. That was during the Trump presidency, when there was a greater premium on the appearance of Democrat unity than there is now.
Politically speaking, Cuomo is at this point entirely expendable. The masses want him gone. If he puts a thumb in the eye of the corporate media, the political establishment, and the masses by incorrigibly refusing to budge, it may represent cancel culture having reached its high water mark. Can’t spell “antihero” without “hero”, I guess!