WSJ gets Pataki’s drop-out and this race completely wrong. Gillibrand was never vulnerable – and that’s why nobody wanted to challenge her. People like George Pataki don’t drop out of winnable Senate races to run some quixotic repeal organization. They decline to run because they know that their first day in the race would represent the high-water mark of their candidacy.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 11, 2010 6:30 pm|
Today was a busy day in the New York Senate race even if you didn’t talk about Kirsten Gillibrand and Harold Ford. Left-wing Democratic candidate Jonathan Tasini launched a campaign to end the filibuster, and both of the top Republican recruits for the race – Rep. Peter King and former Rep. Susan Molinari – dropped out of consideration for the race.
With Gillibrand and Ford included, the day was, in a word, hectic. It started early, with Harold Ford dropping a bombshell – he now supports same-sex marriage.