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Jonathan Bernstein

George Pataki's Pro-Choice Problem

No Republican suspected of supporting abortion rights has won a party presidential primary since May 1980.
Even his tie is blue.

Even his tie is blue.

Photographer: Darren McCollester/Getty Images

For some unfathomable reason, former New York Governor George Pataki is now a presidential candidate.

The biggest problem for Pataki isn’t that he has been away from elected office for too long, or that he has never been a particularly dynamic candidate, or even that he’s too liberal overall for a very conservative party. Those things are all true, and, yes, each of them would probably doom his effort anyway.