How big can Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle get?

Briefing: Bloomberg and Martin O'Malley at City Hall. (Spencer Tucker via flickr)
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Maybe it’s too soon to be talking about Andrew Cuomo as a candidate for president. After all, there are so many things that can happen between now and 2016 that would complicate his, or anyone’s, nomination prospects. (What effect does it have, for example, if the current president gets re-elected?)

But if we’re indulging in hypothetical scenarios, a question that’s just as interesting as whether Cuomo can win the nomination and the general is the matter of what kind of president he’d actually be once he got to the White House.

Cuomo’s hands-on style of management has served him perfectly well as governor so far, but it’s not clear that such a way of running things is transferable to the presidency. Cuomo’s inner circle of aides and advisers, by definition, isn’t scalable, and apparently they’re the only people Cuomo trusts to make any decisions, really, about anything.

The background sources in an interesting Crain’s story from over the weekend about the running of the executive branch predict that eventually, good people in the administration who are outside the inner circle will grow tired of being on such a short leash and they’ll quit. That may or may not turn out to be true, and Cuomo, whose approval ratings are still very healthy, may or may not care anyway.

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But what would it look like, at the federal level, if the president were someone who makes Barack Obama’s management style seem positively freewheeling by comparison? How would that work?

Health care

The argument before the Supreme Court today was really about whether the court should delay hearing further arguments. [David Franklin]

The court seemed to feel that it shouldn’t. [Adam Liptak]

Here are some clues to watch for tomorrow during tomorrow’s proceedings. [Greg Sargent]

2012

Buzzfeed profiles Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, who doesn’t talk on the record to reporters. [McKay Coppins]

It’s sort of a logical sequel to a previous piece written by a Buzzfeed editor. [Ben Smith]

A centrist Democrat reacts: “For the people this sort of crap is written about, it probably provides a few laughs, a nice blurb to help boost the fees they command in their future lobbying or consulting jobs, and maybe a little intimidation of the Other Team. “ [Ed Kilgore]

Newt Gingrich won’t have print media to kick around anymore. [Dylan Byers]

Dan Halloran announces for Congress, with Rick Lazio in the background. [Colin Campbell]

Property

The Community Preservation Corp. is scrambling to hold on to the Domino Sugar factory development. [Eliot Brown]

Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo explains the difference between “leverage” and “strength” in negotiations. [Times Union]

The governor’s office strongly discourages freelance decision-making. [Jeremy Smerd, Daniel Massey]

Very strongly. [Liz Benjamin]

Former senators

Arlen Specter is playing Caroline’s. [Reid Pillifant]

Infrastructure

Just before a scheduled vote, House Republicans pull their transportation bill. [John Stanton]

“The case of the $400 million bike lane” [Felix Salmon]

Unsuspecting straphangers are too busy playing Angry Birds to notice their vulnerability. [Benjamin Kabak]

2016

It’s too early to be talking about 2016. [Alex Pareene]

Video

Rick Santorum gets very angry at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny.