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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Mr. Pataki Goes to Washington

posted by Jazz at 1/20/2005 03:07:00 PM


Regardless of the scandals he has faced back home in New York, George Pataki heads out to DC this week to "press the flesh" (careful, George. You know where that got Clinton) and put out feelers for his chances at a 2008 White House run.
The crowd from New Hampshire milled beneath thick crystal chandeliers, nibbled on crab legs and shrimp, and listened as New York's governor, George E. Pataki, offered congratulations on Wednesday for the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series.

It might have been a scene from any presidential primary season in New Hampshire, with an out-of-state official trying to curry favor with voters who will cast their ballots in the nation's first primary. And in a way it was.

Mr. Pataki may have his hands full in New York, where he is wrestling with budget shortfalls and a state government considered among the most dysfunctional in the nation. But in this room, he was a bit of a celebrity. People treated him warmly, clapping his back and chucking the shoulder of a man whose presidential ambitions were clearly on display.

What was really on display was a smarmy attitude and our good Governor sucking up to the hard line conservatives in Washington. He's trying to figure out if he can every garner enough support among the Bush faithful neocons to take him seriously.

Remember... Pataki is a GOP governor in one of the bluest states around. Democrats outnumber Republicans by better than five to one in New York. You only get elected here as a Republican if you are pro-choice, pro-gun control (at least to some degree) and fall closer to the "librul" side on many social issues. That plays just fine in New York and has served George well. However, when he leaves the small pool and tried to make the jump into the deeper waters on the national level, many eyebrows will be raised.

Plus, it will be hard to build up a broad base of support for a national ticket run when the party knows that the Dems will have a field day airing a bunch of dirty laundry from Pataki's hamper. (see below.)

  1. Pataki Canal Coverup Explored in Detail
  2. The Country's Most Dysfunctional Government
  3. Not So Happy New Year for Pataki
  4. Pataki Rewards Howard Mills With Sweet Position
  5. Pataki's "Prayer Breakfasts" Lead to Hot Water With State Employee