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Right Turn
Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Andrew Cuomo is the 2016 Democratic frontrunner

Yes, you read the headline right. Everybody’s getting excited about 2012. But why not start the endless and mostly silly speculation about 2016?

One thing we know: Barack Obama won't be on the ballot, unless he loses next year and tries to pull a Grover Cleveland.

Something else we know: I can’t think of a savvier Democrat in the country than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The man swings from success to success. He passed a major budget deal that cuts spending and reforms Medicaid without new taxes . He shepherded a huge gay rights victory. And now he's looking to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, making him a supply-sider on energy policy

What’s more, Cuomo is likely to benefit from two pro-GOP cycles (2010 and 2012) that deprive the Democrats of fresh talent. Something similar happened to the GOP in 2006 and 2008, which is one reason Republican party regulars are so unenthusiastic about their 2012 presidential options. I’m scratching my head, trying to come up with other recently elected or nationally prominent Democrats who’ve demonstrated the political skill of Andrew Cuomo. The only one I can think of is education secretary Arne Duncan, but presumably he’ll need to be elected to some sort of office before running for president.
Looking for a time-waster for the long weekend? Then ask yourself this simple question:

Who will stop Cuomo?

By Matthew Continetti  |  02:01 PM ET, 07/01/2011

 
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