Convention keynotes are a funny thing. They are meant to provide a projection, a vision, for the Party, but they often devolve into a laundry list of policies without an overarching theme. Those who are able to convey a theme often reap the rewards. One of those was Mario Cuomo.
At a time when being liberal wasn’t cool — in the midst of the Reagan revolution — Mario Cuomo showed why liberalism was the only answer. Because it was compassionate, because it ensured that a rising tide really did lift all boats, liberalism represented the philosophy of America; it conveyed the real wishes of the founding fathers during a turbulent time.