ALBANY — Former Gov. George Pataki is again dipping his toe into the presidential waters — even as political experts give the Republican virtually no shot for the 2016 race.
Pataki in recent weeks has traveled twice to New Hampshire. He’s also hitting South Carolina to kick off this week.
He has been in contact with national Republican donors and even has an ad — funded by the super PAC Americans for Real Change — on TV titled “It’s Time for a New America” that calls for “less government, more freedom.”
In a Nov. 20 tweet touting a trip to New Hampshire, Pataki wrote that “America needs a President who respects our Constitution” and included the hashtag “immigration” — a reference to President Obama’s executive order sparing millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Pataki of course has about as much chance to be president as I do, which is to say, no chance:
Political experts scoff at the possibility. They say despite winning three terms in Democratic-heavy New York, Pataki has little name recognition, has been out of office for eight years, and is facing a crowded Republican field of political bold-faced names like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — and even 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The insiders expressed serious doubt he can raise the necessary money and said his pro-gun control and gay rights record as governor doesn’t help in a GOP primary.
Similarly, Andrew Cuomo, the union-bashing, Wall Street shill who currently occupies the governor's mansion as a Democrat, thinks he can run for president in a Democratic primary.
Just as Pataki's "centrist" politics (pro-gun, pro-abortion rights) don't help him in a GOP primary, it's hard to see how Cuomo's "centrist politics" (union-bashing, Wall Street shilling) here in New York help him in a Democratic presidential primary.
You know what would be great - if both Pataki and Cuomo ran in the same year.
That would be fabulous.
There's nothing like seeing delusional politicians have reality thrust on them - kinda like when Saint Rudy of 9/11 ran for president in 2008 and won only one delegate.
I suspect even Saint Rudy would do better than either Pataki or Cuomo though.
Here's what one "insider" says about the Pataki run:
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, was even more blunt. “I don’t know how people obtain these delusions,” he laughed. “I don’t take those drugs.”
But Pataki does - and so does Andrew Cuomo.
So run, boys, run.
It will be fun to see your bubbles burst.