Pataki Take Two
Word on the street is that former New York Governor George Pataki is seriously considering another run for president in 2012. He has apparently left the helm of his independent advocacy group, Revere America, in order to give potential entry into the race a closer look. Pataki formed Revere America during the 2010 midterm elections as a vehicle for spending big money on opposition to health care reform, pushing it as a wedge issue for candidates and voters.
Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I have not been particularly kind to Pataki. Whenever these occasional stories on a potential second run arise, I am inevitably moved (given his previous attempt) to ask the question, why? If Pataki is being motivated by a desire to remain part of the national political conversation, then I would say Revere America is his best opportunity to do so for the foreseeable future, and I’m surprised to see him give that up. What kind of rational political calculus would tell the former governor that a presidential campaign looks like a better option for him? Perhaps Pataki will reach the same conclusion in the next month or so, but I’m not so sure.
Back posting on Thursday.
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