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Thursday, July 28, 2005
PATAKI'S NEXT MOVE IT'S NOT TO THE WHITE HOUSE
It doesn't matter whether Pataki had a good time in Iowa last week or not, whether he got a nice ovation or not. He is a pro-choice, pro-gun control liberal Republican by any reckoning, a Northeastern governor who has presided over a massive increase in the state's budget and made common cause with public-sector unions.
That's a major problem because public-sector unions are fast becoming for Republican primary voters what the National Rifle Association is for Democratic primary voters — an object of loathing.
So if it's "forget the presidency" time, when and where else could Pataki get himself elected?
The answer, remarkably enough, is: Next year. In New York. His future ambitions rest entirely in the hands of another politician with presidential ambitions — and it's not Rudy I'm talking about.
At some point in the next nine months, Sen. Hillary Clinton will have to make a decision. She is a shoo-in to win re-election for Senate in 2006. But does she really want to make a bid for the presidency in 2008 from the Senate?