The first black president remains popular despite dubious economic policies, while the first black governor in New York state is unpopular, notwithstanding his more responsible economic policy and sympathy for his near-blindness.
What’s the difference? It’s not race, for sure. Nor is it significant that one was elected, while the other inherited his position when his superior resigned in disgrace.
To my mind, one man is strong on promises, a bullshitter essentially with great self-confidence in his verbal charm. We know from experience that nearly all bullshitters eventually disappoint. They really do.