Mario Cuomo, Governor of New York, and Presidential Might-Have-Been

The Economist, January 10th 2015

Obituary: Mario Cuomo, governor of New York State died on January 1st, aged 82.

He was governor for three terms and in 1987-88 and 1991-92 “was the man many Democrats wanted as president. On both occasions, he disappointed them. In 1998 he let his name float about, was plainly tempted, but would not (as a keen ex-baseball player) step up to the plate” when the candidate, Gary Hart’s campaign died. He announced later, minutes before the New Hampshire filing deadline, that he really had to stay to help get the New York state budget passed.

Step up to the plate is a baseball idiom. The batter has to get to home plate to hit the ball.

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