February 28, 2005

FIRST CASUALTY (via David Hill, The Bronx):

Clinton adviser: Pataki is not taken seriously (MARC HUMBERT, February 28, 2005, AP)

A top adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that Republican Gov. George Pataki is increasingly becoming an object of ridicule and that his possible presidential ambitions are "laughable."

"When a conservative magazine pictures you as a monkey on the cover, you've become an object of ridicule _ and that's from his own base," said Howard Wolfson, who in addition to being a top Clinton adviser is also a strategist for the state Democratic Party in New York.

The Feb. 28 issue of the National Review featured a highly critical story on the New York governor. A caricature of Pataki as the bicycle-riding "Curious George" monkey graced the conservative magazine's cover for the story headlined "Spurious George."

While Pataki is sometimes mentioned as a potential contender for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Wolfson told The Associated Press that notion was not realistic.

"His presidential ambitions are not serious. They're laughable," said the adviser to the former first lady, herself considered a top contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Especially if this is all true, which seems sadly fair, why talk him out of challenging her for the Senate? Beating him would give the illusion that she'd won a tough race and enhance her stature.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2005 3:53 PM

Pataki has risen to his level of incompetence. Hate to speak ill of a fellow Republican but red state America is not his constituency. An empty suit sleepwalking through office.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford, Ct. at February 28, 2005 5:14 PM

She thinks he's beatable in-state in the Senate race so she's trying to goad him into it.

Posted by: Bart at February 28, 2005 5:38 PM