What it means when liberals attack Andrew Cuomo

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Andrew Cuomo spoke at just one event at the Democratic National Convention. On his podium, was the phrase "Celebrate Progressive Leadership." Behind him was a giant banner calling New York—the New York of Mario and Andrew Cuomo—the "Progressive Capital of the Nation."

Cuomo's claim to that legacy is strongly being called into question, as it has been periodically since he became governor.

(The succinct headline on Alex Pareene's Salon article is "Andrew Cuomo, fake Democrat.")

Of course, Cuomo passed same-sex marriage and supports of the state's marijuana laws. But he's also fought with unions over high-earner tax rates, effectively defeated his own party's efforts to take power in the State Senate and, notwithstanding that one mini-appearance at the convention, kept his distance from Barack Obama for most of the campaign.

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MSNBC's host Chris Hayes warned his audience "we now know that Democrats cannot count on New York's supposedly Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo as an ally and every Democratic primary voter in the entire country should know that too."

And "very soon Andrew Cuomo will be coming before many of the people watching this show, asking for your support in a Democratic primary race to be the next president. You should remember this remarkably cynical display when he does," Hayes said.

Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who opposed Cuomo in prior races but now praises him, says it's all just noise.

"Some on the left criticized Mario Cuomo, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and others," said Sheinkopf. "Ultimately, they have no place to go."

That's certainly true in terms of the 2014 governor's race, and possibly beyond.

But it may well be different in the run-up to 2016, when the support of "the left" will be Hillary Clinton's for the asking, if she decides to make a run. In that case, Cuomo will be the one with no place to go.