The biggest issue many of us had with the NRSC’s endorsement of Florida Governor Charlie Crist for Senate, other than the fact that he’s a tool who admits he’ll govern just like Arlen Specter, is the way the braintrust in Washington dismissed any chances Marco Rubio would have. Over a year out, and they thought there was no possible way he could overcome the odds and win the nomination, let alone the senate seat.
Nevermind that the most recent Rasmussen poll has him leading probable Democrat opponent Rep. Kendrick Meek, and that Rubio has aboot as good as a chance at becoming Senator as a former community organizer with dark skin and a funny name has of becoming President.
But what if Charlie Crist wasn’t looking as invulnerable as everyone thought? Crazy talk, right? JBdotC senior Florida political correspondent Adam C. Smith thinks it might not be…
“It’s rare that I talk to anyone that’s got a good thing to say about the governor right now. It’s hard to find a real Charlie Crist ally,” said former state Republican chairman Tom Slade. “Charlie Crist is a marvelous politician, but rarely do you use the word statesman with Charlie Crist. That’s his vulnerability, getting branded as another self-centered politician, and he doesn’t have many more opportunities to muff up before that happens.”
His state is losing population for the first time in 60 years. Unemployment and foreclosures are soaring. Taxes haven’t dropped like a rock as he promised, and Florida remains one hurricane away from bankruptcy. County Republican parties are openly revolting against Crist, while a charismatic young rival, Marco Rubio, is being hailed on the cover of William F. Buckley’s National Review magazine as the future of the GOP.
“The George LeMieux pick was kind of a trip wheel,” said Slade, the former state Republican chairman. “When the mood begins to swing it doesn’t take it long to build momentum. . . . If Marco can tap into the resources of conservative America, he could be a force far more powerful than Charlie bargained for.“
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