I'm sure Cynthia Nixon is a good person and genuinely wants to see progressive change in America, but her quest to take down current Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and bring Bernie Sanders style politics to New York was, well, pretty silly. Nixon, who is best known for the HBO series “Sex and the City,” has zero experience in politics and zero experience running anything, yet she appeared to believe that her celebrity status and activism qualified her to run an entire state.
The fact that the hard left is flabbergasted by Hillary Clinton's recent endorsement of Cuomo -- who served as housing secretary in Bill Clinton's administration and vigorously campaigned for her in the 2016 election -- instead of Nixon is further proof that the Bernie Sanders left is completely detached from reality. This was Jamie Peck in the Guardian decrying Clinton for selling out women and being a "neoliberal shill" etc, etc:
It’s long been a cornerstone of Hillary Clinton’s branding that she’s a woman seeking power in a man’s world. From Madeleine Albright’s “special place in hell” speech to the pages of Cosmopolitan to the 2016 primary debates, Clinton and her associates have often presented female identity as inherently progressive in an elected official.
“There are plenty of reasons why we need more women in office. That’s true whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent,” she wrote in Cosmo. The most recent version of candidate Clinton took great pains to present herself as a progressive as well, at least when speaking to the general public. Imagine my shock, then, when she emerged from a period of relative dormancy to endorse a conservative man over a liberal woman: Clinton has backed the incumbent Andrew M Cuomo over his challenger Cynthia Nixon in New York’s Democratic gubernatorial primary.
While progressives and leftists alike have long known Clinton – and the political establishment she represents – to deploy the “representation” card in only the most cynical and selective of ways, this case is particularly galling. In addition to being a man, Cuomo is a machine politician who talks like a progressive Democrat but acts like a moderate Republican.
To be clear, the position Nixon was running for has complete control over the executive branch of New York's state government, and acts as the commander-in-chief of the state's military and naval forces. As fine an actress Nixon may be, she is not remotely qualified to undertake such a serious role. Cuomo, on the other hand, has an extensive, decades long career as a public servant in the highest levels of government, and is very qualified to continue doing his job. There are many things I disagree with Cuomo on, and there are certainly some ethical questions about his money raising. But Cuomo is a solid leader, a pragmatist, and a very helpful ally in the war on Trump. Hillary Clinton, and virtually every other prominent Democrat endorsed him because of this. To accuse her of selling out women, the LGBT movement etc etc, is simply ridiculous and yet more evidence of Hillary derangement syndrome. Clinton wants the best for her party and the country, while the hard left wants to be right.
If the Democrats are going to make significant gains in the mid terms this November and go on to take presidency in 2020, those who engage in purity politics are going to have to be marginalized for the sake of the country. While Donald Trump trashes the constitution, rips up the welfare state, defunds Planned Parenthood, and refers to immigrants as "animals", the hard left appears to be fixated on centrist Democrats.
Remember, Andrew Cuomo is not the enemy, and neither is Hillary Clinton.