Of course was no need for a lie. He was wrong to lie. I’m not sure that there’s anyone in state government who can make Cuomo resign, but if he were a decent person, he’d do it, because of his lie, and because of the (credible, so far, and let’s see what the investigation commencing now brings up) allegations of a number of women about creepy and/or harassing behavior.
But here’s why he lied:
The Fox News types viewed Cuomo (wrongly, in my opinion, but that’s another thread) as a possible presidential contender in 2024.
Thus, he had to be torn down, starting years in advance. So they fastened on nursing home deaths as the rope with which to hang him. In typical Fox New (and fellow traveler) style, details were irrelevant. That other states had similar death rates in care facilities didn’t matter. That there really wasn’t any alternative to discharging nursing home residents from hospital back to their residences didn’t matter. What mattered is that they could put “(D)” next to Cuomo’s name on the screen
So whatever Kristi Noem, or Greg Abbot, or Ron DeSantis, did or didn’t do in their states is good, no matter what the death toll. Because they are Republicans. And whatever Cuomo did or didn’t do is bad, simply because he’s a Democrat.
That’s all there is to it.
And the ridiculous thing about all this is that it wasn’t necessary. Cuomo provided the rope with which to hang himself. His presidential ambitions (which were, to my mind, perhaps less delusional than Bill de Blasio’s, but on a par with those of George Pataki) are ashes now. It’s over.
Now I won’t say another word on this topic. I’m done with it. If that means you get the last word, so be it. But having the last word doesn’t make you right.