Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) has decided not to run for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)’s seat in the Senate. Maybe the three-term governor (which is way more than Sarah Palin’s half-term) doesn’t like winning elections anymore, because Gillibrand’s poll numbers are wretched and she’s vulnerable.
No, Pataki would rather run a group called Revere America. And what is Revere America? If you said “a group co-opting the name and none of the integrity of a hero of the American Revolution for strictly partisan gain,” you win! And best part, Revere America’s sole stated purpose (thus far) is to repeal health care. Yes, there are people devoting their lives to that shit! From Talking Points Memo:
Revere America, he said, will launch in Boston this Sunday, the anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride. Its first effort will be to collect one million signatures on a petition to repeal the reform law, Pataki said, and the group will aim to raise $17.5 million in its first year.
Saving the former governor the suspense: Health care reform isn’t going anywhere. As long as Obama is president, you will never find 67 senators to override his veto when he strikes down any repeal bill. And you know what? You probably won’t find enough people to do it after he’s president, either.
Of course, one could make the argument that this gig Pataki’s taking is just a cynical way of garnering support on the right for a 2012 presidential run. We’re guessing it isn’t long until you see “Pataki 2012” signs on front lawns.