So much for the captain going down with his sinking ship. Here’s part of Steve Kornacki’s account of George Pataki’s recent visit to New Hampshire:
Pataki’s portrait of a triumphant gubernatorial tenure won loud applause – even a few whistles – from the Republicans in Manchester. Left unaddressed in his speech, though, was why his home state’s voters seem to have turned on him. Questioned afterwards, Pataki sought to pin the grim condition of the New York GOP on others.
“I’m a great believer that races come down to candidates, and the candidate has to make the case, has to go out and reach out to the people,” he said. “You can win in Democratic states as a Republican like I did or you can lose in Republican states if you don’t make the case.”
— Azi Paybarah