Though it knows it should, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is not about to withdraw its hasty endorsement of Charlie Crist.
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Walsh brushes aside concerns about Crist’s walks on the liberal side and conservative concerns that he would be a very unreliable vote in the Senate on matters that concern conservatives. He continued his “deal with the devil” argument.
“We don’t have a litmus test,” Walsh said. “We want as many people with R’s behind their name in the Senate as we can get. If you’re concerned about cap and trade, we need to be sure that Mitch McConnell is the Senate leader. Nothing is voted on that the Senate leader doesn’t allow on the floor.”
True enough. But it was clearly unnecessary for the NRSC to put its thumb on the scale in Florida in favor of Crist, a man the conservative base of the Republican Party prays is not the future of the party. Cornyn and others in the national Republican establishment have created real enmity in the conservative base of the Florida party (and elsewhere where they’ve supported liberal candidates over conservatives). If only the conservative base could vote, neither Cornyn nor Crist could be elected assistant county rat-catcher anywhere in Florida. To them it is just one more example of the Republican Party sticking its thumb in the eyes of conservatives. Mention either Crist or Cornyn to these folks and I hear verbs and adjectives (and the odd gerund) I’ve rarely encountered since I was a Sixth Fleet sailor.
The race between Crist and Rubio has been described as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party in Florida. Rarely do primaries present so clear a choice between two candidates with different views on the proper role of government and how a good and just society can be achieved. But if the Machiavellian approach of the NRSC is to prevail (I don’t believe it will), perhaps it should be described as a battle to determine if the Republican Party has a soul.
And if it’s true there is no standard for support from the Republican establishment beyond having an R behind the name and good electoral prospects according to the political cognoscenti, then I have a bumper strip I recommend the NRSC send out with its fundraising letters. It reads: “Our liberals can beat your liberals.”
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