Pataki: Sure I’ll be a decisive leader as President. Maybe.
The problem with a midterm election victory for conservatism is that squishy moderates feel they’re part of the wave.
To wit, we have George Pataki dipping his toes into the water:
On ABC’s “Top Line” today, former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y., told us that – as Palin has said – he’ll run for president if he determines the other Republican candidates don’t offer the right kind of leadership going forward.
“When you look back at the past two years, it’s been very disappointing, not only — not just for Republicans, but for the American people,” Pataki told us. “And I think it shows the importance of experienced leadership — leaders who have shown the ability to govern and to move forward in a nonpartisan way, leaders who have been tested and shown their ability to get through those tests.”
“What I’m going to be looking at is, do we have the right people out there who have that experience, who have experienced leadership, who have been challenged and who can bring people together — not just Republicans and conservatives, but conservatives [and] Democrats. And make a decision on who else is out there, and whether or not they have those characteristics we need to be able to win this election and govern successfully.”
Pataki, like Palin, was a mayor before he was governor.
Running for president takes the right mixture of confidence, arrogance and principled leadership. That mix is what gets supporters energized and enthusiastic, and ideally, leads to success in our politics. By saying things like Meh, sure, I’ll run for president if nobody seriously steps up to the plate, really doesn’t inspire any of those things. That and Pataki running for the White House is doomed to failure.
And just for the record, this blase attitude is wrong for Sarah Palin as well.