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To be a convention star or not to be a star?

There's a big structural difference between the 1984 convention that rocketed second-year Gov. Mario Cuomo to national fame and the 2012 convention where second-year Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears determined to keep a low profile in Charlotte in early September.

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Back in 1984, the White House was in mid-Reagan and former vice-ppresident Walter Mondale, that year's Democratic candidate, would not come close to unseating the Republican icon. This year, Democrat Barack Obama is the incumbent, and any upstaging or spontaneous cheers of "put him on the ticket!" would have a whole different meaning.

t Steve Kornacki has other points to make in this vein. His piece is linked here.