Super Mario: Decades of Journalistic Ardor for Cuomo’s Liberal Advocacy

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<p>There is no right-of-center politician who has become a hero to journalists for their passionate rhetoric on behalf of conservatism, but ex-NY Governor Cuomo was a hero to reporters precisely because of his ideology and the capability with which he espoused it. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s incredibly smart. He&rsquo;s the most interesting person to talk to that I&rsquo;ve ever met in politics,&rdquo; <em>Time</em>&rsquo;s Michael Kramer told ABC&rsquo;s <em>Nightline</em> earlier in 1992. On CNN, moments after Cuomo&rsquo;s nominating speech for Bill Clinton that year, Bill Moyers gushed on CNN: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s worth dying prematurely so you can hear somebody else do your eulogy if that somebody is Mario Cuomo.&rdquo;</p>

<p>And, as Cuomo left the governorship after his 1994 loss to George Pataki, then-CBS host Harry Smith beseeched him to continue speaking out for liberalism: &ldquo;Will you continue to use this passion, will you continue to use this eloquence? Some people have suggested you should become a counterbalance to Rush Limbaugh.&rdquo;</p>

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