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Nation’s Ex-Wife to Help Rookie Democrat

Mz. Hillary would have us believe she’s trying to decide if she wants to run for president. If you’ll believe this, you’ll believe the Sun is trying to decide if it wants to come up in the east tomorrow.

It’s a wonder La Clinton has even a moment to ponder this momentous decision, considering how much time she’s spending running for president. Her travel schedule is as heavy now as when she was secretary of state. (We all remember those four years when she nagged the entire world, not just Bill.) Most recently she was in Iowa, doubtless a state chosen entirely at random.

One of the down-sides to running for president, or in the present case deciding whether one wishes to run for president, is that one has to appear with all manner of folks in one’s own party. Including dodgy folks one would normally give a wide berth to. In Mz. Hillary’s case, this includes the mercurial Charlie Crist, who is running for governor of Florida as a Democrat, even though he has been a member of that party for less than half the amount of time the first lady of Chappaqua was secretary of state.

Word is out that Mz. Hillary will campaign with Crist in South Florida next week, the same week that she will attend a Washington fundraiser for a powerful New Hampshire state senator. Lord, how can a body concentrate on an important decision with a schedule like this? 

The Clintons have, to use a verb Democrats are fond of, invested in Crist’s campaign against incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott. Billy-Bob appeared at a sparsely-attended Crist campaign event at a hotel in Miami September 5. I don’t suppose we’ll see Chelsea on the trail for Charlie, as she is in the family way and is doubtless busy sorting the world for the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Oddly enough, though Crist takes every opportunity to praise Barrack Obama and his wondrous works, and has declared he would be delighted for Obama to campaign with him, the two didn’t go near each other when Obama was in Tampa last week. Obama spent a day and change at MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa to lecture CENTCOM commanders on how he was going to fight a war against ISIL/ISIS, and other purveyors of work-place violence, without being, you know, very war-like. Crist chose those days to campaign in South Florida. Okay, maybe he isn’t that keen on campaigning with a president whose approval rating in Florida is only a point or two above halitosis.

While Obama is clearly last year’s hot date in Florida, polls for months have shown Mz. Hillary ahead of every single mentioned Republican candidate for president in Florida. It’s way too early for any candidate to start drooling over Florida’s 29 electoral votes. But it’s clear enough why Crist chose to pass up the lame duck for what’s-happenin’-now.

Crist’s own poll numbers have been sliding over the past couple of months. But he remains very much in the game against an unpopular Republican incumbent. A Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday put the race at 44 percent for Scott, 42 percent of Crist, and 8 percent for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie. The race remains a one-possession game.

Scott does well with the much-coveted independent voters, almost a quarter of the electorate in Florida. He has a 42-37 advantage here. Scott has an eight-point advantage among men, Crist a two-point advantage among women. Quinnipiac says the poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent. 

If voters go for either of these guys, it will be with minimum esprit de corps. A minority of voters describe Scott or Crist as “honest and trustworthy.” Crist has demonstrated no principle or position he is willing to stick with for months, let alone years, and has shown no penchant for actually working at any of the procession of offices he has held. But he has an engaging personality. Scott, au the contraire, has no personality at all. But then, with Mz. Hillary in town, who will be paying attention to him anyway?

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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