After Rick Santorum has endorsed Mitt Romney in the 13th paragraph of a late-night email and George W. Bush endorsed him through the closing doors of an elevator, Newt Gingrich upped the ante with his "I don't particularly dislike him as a person" tribute to the Republican nominee. It's all part of a broader phenomenon of Mittsanity that takes hold whenever Republican politicians try to articulate the inspiring dynamo that is Romney…
1. "I do think it's time for the party to get behind Gov. Romney. And she was reminding me Kenny Rogers sang, 'It's time when to hold 'em and time when to fold 'em.' Well I think it’s time for people to all get behind this good man." – George H. W. Bush
2. "So I'm not completely misunderstood…I'm not as excited as I am desperate." – Rep. Louie Gohmert
3. "Now Mitt is not a perfect candidate…He has a number of problems. It's hard for blue-collar families like mine to identify with him. It's hard for economic conservatives to identify with him. He needs to do more to reach out to the Latino community." – George Pataki
4. "I think he might turn out to make a surprisingly good president." – Newt Gingrich
5. "I'm for Mitt Romney." – George W. Bush, behind closing elevator doors.
Maybe it's just as well that Romney isn't strongly associated with unsavory characters like Bush and Gingrich, I mean, he's running for President for Pete's sake.
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Tags: George H.W. Bush, George Pataki, George W. Bush, Louie Gohmert, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich
Critical update: contrary to the rumors we heard earlier this week, it is not Pataki time. A source tells CNN that New York's former governor has decided not to enter the GOP primary race, which leaves the field wide open for some other candidate to claim the "most unelectable" title currently held by Jon Huntsman…
Speculation was that the former three-term governor would announce his candidacy Saturday at the Polk County [Iowa] Republican fundraiser.
But the source said that Pataki, who seriously considered running, has decided instead to forgo a run for the GOP nomination.
Oh well, so much for that frisson of excitement. I guess New Yorkers will have to find something else to talk about this weekend.
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Tags: George Pataki, New York, Primaries, Republicans
by Ilya Gerner
With the tragic departure of Tim Pawlenty from the GOP primary field, a nation’s bleary eyes must turn toward some other candidate who's capable of doubling as a natural sleep aid. Ladies and gentlemen, please try to contain yourselves: former governor George Pataki thinks he might be the man for the job…
He's pro-choice, pro-union and pro-gay marriage, so former Gov. George Pataki's plan to possibly join the red-meat pack vying for the GOP presidential nod drew puzzled looks Sunday. Those close to the three-term former governor said he was expected to enter the race for President, though no date has been set.
Yet those who served in Albany during Pataki's tenure said the 66-year-old potential candidate was out of step with the anti-government, anti-spending, socially conservative GOP of 2011.
Yeah, a Pataki candidacy makes perfect sense (to George Pataki). If the most moderate candidate in the Republican field is dismissed as insufficiently doctrinaire because he believes in this crazy thing called "science," then a pro-choice, climate-change-accepting, former governor of New York will fire up the Republican base about as well as a pack of wet matches.
Still, perhaps there is hope for the Pataki camp. He might have the charm of Tim Pawlenty and the policy credentials of Jon Huntsman, but he comes equipped with the most important attribute of all: an appreciation for tri-cornered hats, snorting horses and freedom. As you'll recall, this is the man behind Revere America, the organization dedicated to honoring Paul Revere's midnight ride against health care reform.
And if there's one thing we know about former GOP governors, it's that Paul Revere is always the right answer.
Tags: George Pataki, Paul Revere, Republicans