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If the typical thinking of the moment proves true, and Rick Lazio loses to Andrew Cuomo for governor, then the other conventional wisdom, surrounding GOP chairman Edward Cox, could prove false - and make Cox look prescient.

Last week's standard pundit-chatter went that Cox oversaw an exercise in division and futility when the GOP convened in Manhattan. His proposed candidate for governor, Steve Levy, failed to make the ballot. His party's U.S. Senate picks clashed with the Conservatives, threatening a split on the right. "No confidence" moves were rumored - though notably, they never materialized.

If Lazio defies expectations and becomes governor, he'd earn the clout to boot Cox, whose term ends in September 2011. But Republicans did lose their statewide power posts well before Cox was chairman.

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Cox has always lived a bit outside the box. He was a Nader Raider who married Richard Nixon's daughter, a John McCain man in Rudy Giuliani's New York - and a Republican who served on Democrat Cuomo's AG transition team.