How odd to think that back in the Eighties, the American Spectator could have run a cover story trumpeting Jack Kemp and Mario Cuomo as likely standard bearers for the GOP and the Democratic Party in presidential races to come.
Cuomo ended up disappointing the Democrats with his Hamlet act about making a White House bid. Kemp in turn disappointed the GOP with his lack of gusto for racial dog-whistle politics. Kemp, who died Saturday at age 73, was by all accounts a mensch with a genuine regard for black people and an unshakeable faith in crackpot economic theories. From him, the Republicans took too little of one quality and too much of the other.