I’m hardly a “RINO Hunter.” One a scale of one to ten (ten being Rush Limbaugh, one being…well…Charlie Crist), I’m around a six or a seven. I don’t even have a beef with the two Maine Senators, unlike some of my fellow eCon’s. My take was always they’re the best we’re going to get so better two R’s who vote with us 70% of the time (one or both of them voted against Geithner and Grand Theft Auto Bailout) as opposed to two D’s who will just vote with us 0% of the time.
But I have to admit, after only being official for two days, the Marco Rubio vs. Charlie Crist contest has me aboot to wild out and get violent. I don’t mind a primary. I think an honest debate between two Republicans, a conservative (Rubio) and a moderate (Crist), is healthy for the party. Have them debate, then let the people of Florida decide.
Instead, immediately after Crist announces he’s running, he gets an endorsement from the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) a FULL YEAR BEFORE THE PRIMARY IS TAKING PLACE. Then Mitch McConnell endorses. Then Lindsey Graham. Then John McCain. Then Mel Martinez.
Set aside the fact that a week ago NRSC Chair John Cornyn said he wasn’t going to get involved. The worst kept secret in politics his that the Republican Party needs to reclaim it’s mantle for fiscal discipline, which the R’s in Washington managed to destroy over the past eight years (including all the before mentioned Senators). And after lambasting “The Three” for selling out to Obama’s stimulus, and after kicking Arlen Specter on the way out for selling out to Obama’s stimulus…these same people, the NRSC which is supposed to be rebuilding the Republican party, is embracing a candidate who not only fully supports this crap sandwich, told Barry himself when he appeared with him at a campaign rally.
And that’s not getting into any of the center-left bloggers who have been saying Crist will make a better Democrat than any of the D’s currently looking for the Florida Senate Job.
The NRSC getting behind that guy as opposed to someone like Marco Rubio, who checks off all the boxes everyone says we need:
Youth: He’s thirty-seven years old
Energy: The grassroots are ready to go to war
Ideas: When Rubio became Florida Speaker of the House, he travelled the state holding “idea-raisers” to give the people a chance to speak. There’s a book aboot it. Here’s the website.
A lot can happen in a year, and it’s not like Rubio doesn’t have some potential cards up his sleeve when it comes to endorsements. There’s Mike Huckabee (who Rubio endorsed in 2008), Mitt Romney (who Crist dissed in 2008), and his mentor Jeb Bush (the name “Bush” might be poison nationally, but “Jeb” is gold in Florida).
But yeah, the NRSC won’t be getting any money from me at all since I’d rather give it to cats who are actually concerned with rebuilding the party…like Marco Rubio.