WSJ: "Mario Cuomo: Direct, unapologetic liberal."
I grew up in northern New Jersey when Cuomo was governor of New York and, although I disagreed with him, there was no doubt he was an intelligent advocate. One night I heard him on a radio show and a caller asked why he didn't "bow to the will of the people" and allow the death penalty in New York. Cuomo gave a lucid and reasoned answer about how the populace votes for leaders to use their judgement and they are not merely a rubber-stamp.
That's why I think it's an inapt comparison to call Cuomo "The Elizabeth Warren of the 1980s." Cuomo was a smart man whlie Warren is a dimwit who regurgitates populist buzzwords while making zero progress to actually fix anything.
Extra - A different view from Maggie's Farm.