Pataki Joins the Umpteen Other Contenders for the 2016 GOP Nomination

Pataki Joins the Umpteen Other Contenders for the 2016 GOP Nomination
Last week former New York Governor George Pataki announced that he is running to be the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate. He’s got three big problems. Number three is the big crowd of contenders ahead of him. His second-biggest problem: Since he left office in 2006 the Republican Party has run away from his social positions, veering quite far to the Right. His number 1 problem? No one knows who he is anymore.

Governor Pataki joins JebDoctor Ben, Chris, Carly, Lindsey, Mike, Bobby, Randy, Ricky P., Marco, Ted, Ricky S., The Donald, Johnny, and Scotty in the battle for the GOP nomination. With such a crowded field the debates will need a new format, since there will only be enough time for each candidate to answer a single question.


“Two More White Men to Emerge From the Clown Car,” Ed Kilgore, Political Animal

“Why George Pataki’s Candidacy Is Virtually Hopeless, In Two Charts,” Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight

“Why on Earth do so many people run for president?” Paul Waldman, The Week

“:Nineteen’s a Crowd: Why are so many Republicans running for president?” Charlie Cook, National Journal

“Step inside the GOP clown car! Listening in as Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and others send dog-whistles to the right-wing base,” Paul Rosenberg, Salon

No one can remember or keep track of all the Republican presidential candidates, so use this cheat sheet.


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