The Election Chronicles, Volume 17: George Pataki Drops Out

Yesterday we heard from the latest Republican casualty: George Pataki.

He decided to suspend his campaign for President. When I told this to my wife she expressed surprise that he was still running. Yeah, it just doesn’t pay to be one of the “undercard Republicans” who never made it to the national stage. He shared the stage with so many Republicans who sought the 2016 nomination that the debates were split into two: those who did well in the polls and those who didn’t.

He came to the race with some credentials. He was governor of New York from 1995 to 2006, including the morning of 9/11.

He attempted to place himself as a candidate on the mainstream. He opposed the Affordable Care Act but sought an alternative. He described himself as socially liberal on abortion and gay rights and he may well have been the best Republican candidate for millennials, those born after 1980.

But, and I’ve said before, the Republican source of funding and votes are mutually exclusive. He just couldn’t get traction among his own party and his own party just refused to see how valuable he could have been in the general election.

Can I say this? It’s a good for the Democrats. As a Democrat I’m pleased.

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