If Charlie Crist runs for governor as a Democrat, he’s going to lose.
He’ll either get rubbed out in the Democratic primary, or he’ll lose to Gov. Rick Scott in the general.
If Crist runs for governor, rank-and-file Democratic voters will never again trust the party leaders who support Crist.
Terence McCoy, of the alternative New Times Broward-Palm Beach, made some excellent points in Five Reasons Charlie Crist Will Not Run For Governor, which I urge everyone to read.
McCoy thinks Crist won’t run, but every Democratic leader I know who’s been talking to Crist says he will, and they’re excited about it.
The Democratic leadership in Florida is hungry for power, and it’ll stop at nothing to get it.
The pollsters, who told everyone that Crist was a shoo-in against Marco Rubio in 2010, are the same kind of know-nothings the Democratic leadership is listening to now.
The Democratic establishment is going to try to force feed the crap sandwich that is Crist down the throats of primary voters, but those leaders are in for a shock.
I also speak to plenty of rank-and-file Democratic activists, and I haven’t found one who is happy about Crist becoming a Democrat and running for office.
Primary voters from either party have a different diet than the political establishment. They want someone or something to believe in. They won’t eat a crap sandwich just because their leaders tell them to.
The political establishment is comfortable eating crap sandwiches because their palates are cleansed with money and power. One big-time lobbying gig or government contract can mask the taste of the foulest swill.
But not the loyal primary voter, the working stiffs both parties count on. They just want to be able to look at themselves in the mirror every day, and like the face that stares back at them.
True believers want to be proud of the vote they cast and the work they do for a candidate.
In the run-up to the 2010 elections, I was the only conservative on a panel of five discussing the election, and the tea party, at a local university. One of the other panelists was Democratic state Sen. Nan Rich, the same Nan Rich now seeking her party’s nomination for governor of the state of Florida.
Of course, the inevitable happened: The two of us went at each other, clashing multiple times.
When Crist was sending Florida Republicans mailer after mailer, telling everyone how pro-life, pro-gun and pro-traditional marriage he was, Rich was battling it out for the Democrats with people like me.
I will always politically oppose Rich because I’m a conservative, but I’ll tell you one thing: Rich has a political soul, and she knows who she is, just like I know who I am.
Given her set of beliefs and the battles she’s fought for Democrats, Rich can look at herself in the mirror every day, and like what she sees.
Any Democrat who betrays a real party loyalist like Rich for the likes of Crist should never be able to look in a mirror again without being repulsed.
But please, don’t heed any warnings from me. I’m a conservative, and I want the Democratic Party to lose.
Nominate Crist. Please.
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