I’m shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, now that I know party affiliation of state governors determined how they were treated by the media. You’re not going to believe this, but the media coverage of governors slashing union pay and benefits was much more favorable to the Democrat governors than the Republicans. I know, it’s staggering, but it’s true, at least according to Commentary Magazine.
During the last several months, the governors of three states have gone toe-to-toe with powerful state unions in order to undo the harm done by their predecessors’ capitulations to state workers on wages and benefits. In Wisconsin and New Jersey, Republicans Scott Walker and Chris Christie were subjected to unprecedented abuse by the unions and their supporters. Yet in New York, Andrew Cuomo not only overcame union resistance, he managed to do so without much negative press, let alone the deluge of insults and demonization his colleagues suffered.
But Cuomo’s principal advantage was that his identity as a newly elected Democrat meant the hitherto all-powerful state employee unions simply lacked the ability to mount a campaign smearing the governor as a heartless creature whose sole aim was to cause suffering, as Walker and Christie’s critics did. Any Republican governor who demanded the same cuts and givebacks that Cuomo put on the table would have been the subject of a major campaign aimed at delegitimizing his mandate to put the state’s financial house in order. Lacking the same political leverage their colleagues in Wisconsin and New Jersey possessed, the New York unions were forced to meekly bow to Cuomo’s dictates and accept drastic changes in compensation and benefits. Instead of being branded as a polarizing figure as was the case with Walker and Christie, Cuomo gets to play the state’s fiscal hero. …
Wow! Can you believe it? The press is kinder to Democrats, who woulda thunk it?
Knock me over with a feather!
H/T Doug Ross
Update: The Sundries Shack linked – thanks!