Des Moines George

Pataki‘s recent trip to Iowa helped fuel more 2008 talk, but it didn’t boost his standing among Republicans, according to one Web site tracking this stuff.

In fact, he and Rudy didn’t even make the top 5, according to Redstate.org.

The reason?

“The mainstream media have also unintentionally give McCain some help with conservatives by pushing stories about potential 2008 presidential candidacies for liberal Republicans like Gov. George Pataki of New York. If it came down to it, almost all conservative primary voters would pick McCain over a Pataki-Giuliani liberal.”