Editor’s Note – Do we, as Floridians, have any values whatsoever?
If ever there were a candidate that epitomizes everything that is wrong with the political process in this country, it’s Charlie Crist. Just as I marvel at who could possibly justify a vote for Alan Grayson, the same sentiment applies with Charlie Crist.
We do indeed get the government we deserve and if Florida elects derelicts such as Grayson and Crist, then we deserves what we’ve got coming.
A Florida Double Crist?
Kendrick Meek might drop out of the Florida senate race and thereby pave the path to victory for Charlie Crist.
TAMPA — Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek out of the Florida Senate race in order to boost Charlie Crist’s flagging chances of beating Republican Marco Rubio.
Across the state, groups such as Palm Beach Democrats for Crist and Tampa Democrats for Crist are emerging. Republican fears are further stoked by the almost universal acknowledgment that Mr. Meek has almost no chance to win. Statewide polling has his support in the teens and falling. His money coffers are all but dry. Democrats had hoped that when Mr. Crist abandoned the GOP for an independent run, it would split the Republican vote and propel Mr. Meek into the winner’s circle. With four weeks to go, no one believes that now. Mr. Meek, who is African-American, polls strongly only with black voters.
Meanwhile, Mr. Crist is striving to assemble a center-left coalition by winning over Democratic voters. His latest mailing throughout the state was titled “Ten Reasons Democrats Should Vote for Charlie Crist.” On issues from health care to taxes, Mr. Crist has moved dramatically to the left.
Mr. Crist has also refused to say which party he would caucus with if he wins. His latest nonanswer: “I will caucus with the people.” But Mr. Crist has met privately with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, adding to GOP paranoia that Democrats may be getting ready to throw the sure loser Mr. Meek over the side. One Republican Party leader tells me he wouldn’t be surprised to hear suddenly that “Meek was offered an ambassadorship from Barack Obama.” In late September, under pressure from black leaders in Florida, Vice President Biden was sent to stump for the four-term House member, but local Democrats have long doubted the depth of the White House’s commitment to the party’s candidate.
Now the murmur among Democrats in favor of switching to Mr. Crist is rising again. We’ll find out soon, as one GOP county chairman told me, whether Dems finally prefer “to win with Charlie than lose with Meeks.”
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