Yesterday he made it official — he’s an independent with Democrat leanings.
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Some Conservative. Some Republican. Crist’s 2010 campaign claims to be a true conservative have about them the ring of Joe Biden’s 1988 campaign claims to be a former coal miner. Biden at least had the grace to step out of the race in ‘88 when his fantasy was caught out. Crist should do the same this year but almost certainly won’t. If he bowed out now and supported Rubio against Meek he might have a slim chance of saving his political career, of being able to run for another office another year.
It appears now that Crist is going bare and hoping there will be a big market for the mushy middle this year in Florida so a cuddly but unfocused guy like himself can succeed as a party of one. But listening to the loud and polarized political discourse this year, it seems more likely that in November the only thing to be found in the middle of the road in Florida will be yellow-lines, dead armadillos, and Charlie Crist.
If Crist decides to run as an independent he will have to declare himself by the April 30 filing deadline. None of your two chances at grabbing the ring such as Joe Lieberman enjoyed in Connecticut in 2006. It will be interesting to see what strategy Crist adopts if he finds himself in a three-way.
Voters viewing the several series of Crist ads that have hit Florida’s small screens can have no idea what Charlie Crist would like to accomplish as a U.S. Senator and how he plans to do it, because there’s nothing about this in these ads. The ads so far have all been part of a scorched-earth, negative campaign based on an attempt to convince Florida voters, with insinuation rather than evidence, that Rubio is a villain who is enriching himself through public office. Even liberal newspapers with no love for Rubio (or any other conservative) have said Crist has gone over the top in his charges against Rubio.
If Crist now has to start running against Meek as well as Rubio, will he go after Meek’s ankles with as much gusto as he’s gone after Rubio? And on the basis of what? Will we soon be hearing dark suggestions that Kendrick Meek was on the grassy knoll that day in Dallas?
Stay tuned. This one will be a doozy, whatever team, or no team, Charlie Crist decides to be on.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online