Posted on | April 19, 2010 | 47 Comments
Crist’s political orientation is currently more ambiguous than Elena Kagan’s sexuality, and the soon-to-be-former Republican governor of Florida is being rather coy about his much-rumored independent run for Senate:
“I’m being very thoughtful and deliberate,” Crist explains. “I’ve got a big decision to make. I haven’t concluded anything yet, but I’m getting a lot of counsel, lots of advice, and I’m listening to it. My fellow Floridians want a public servant who puts people first over politics.”
“This is a world full of wonderful opportunity,” Crist concludes. “I love fighting for the people of Florida and will continue to fight for them. It’s always exhilarating.”
And will he call back John Cornyn? “I’ve been busy,” Crist laughs. “I’ll get back to them very soon.”
Congrats to Robert Costa on the big scoop. Of course, the fact that Crist is an untrustworthy Arlen-esque crapweasel isn’t exactly news, but . . .
My capital-L Libertarian buddy Thomas Knapp was in the comments of the earlier post with a lot of doom-and-gloom about Marco Rubio’s chances in a three-way race, but that’s just Tom being Tom. He’s one of these hard-core Libertarians who hates Republicans like God hates sin, and he can’t help it.
Speaking of “can’t help it,” Allahpundit’s panicking again:
This is potentially a true disaster scenario, where Crist peels off just enough centrists and Republicans from Rubio to hand the seat to Kendrick Meek. I’ve blathered on endlessly about how tea partiers could destroy the GOP’s chances in November by voting independent, but lo and behold, it’s a centrist who’s now poised to do the most damage in that regard.
Absurd fears. Stop letting polls tell you what to think about a campaign that hasn’t yet been run. If you believed the polls six months ago, Crist was going to cruise to victory over Marco. Becoming “independent” isn’t going to make that dead skunk Charlie Crist magically popular, and Kendrick Meek is . . . well, he’s Kendrick Meek.
Anyone tempted to think that Marco would lose a three-way just needs to picture the televised debate between these three. Who is the most telegenic, the most attractive candidate?
Hey, I’ve been on an elevator with the guy, OK?