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Charlie Crist Raises Taxes & Now Says He'd Vote for Stimulus — Just Like Specter

Bumped for the Hot Seat Poll.

Charlie Crist, Florida’s Governor and the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s chosen candidate for the Senate, has decided to endorse last week signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s “no tax” pledge. This week, Crist will approve the Florida legislature’s new budget, balanced by raising taxes.

If that weren’t bad enough, speaking in South Florida, Charlie Crist said he would have joined Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins to vote in favor of Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.

Crist calls that being practical. He accuses Rubio, of all things, of being too governed by principle. Of course, many people could accuse Crist of having no principles whatsoever.

It is typically assumed that one of the most significant causes for the Republican wipe outs of 2006 and 2008 was because the GOP lost its way. The party of small government and sound fiscal stewardship went hog wild on a spending spree while descending into corruption.

At the same time, there is a competing view that some places just won’t elect conservatives any more. To be honest, both arguments have merit. The problem with the second argument, however, is that if the Republican Party cannot distinguish itself from the Democrats, why have a Republican Party.

Senator John Cornyn, Chairman of the NRSC, has arguable sought to strike a balance. The New York Times noted:

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he would seek to recruit candidates who he thought could win in Democratic or swing states, even if it meant supporting candidates who might disagree with his own conservative views.

The problem, however, is that Senator Cornyn is not doing what he said. Instead, he is overcompensating. While supporting moderate to liberal candidates like Mark Kirk in Illinois and Mike Castle in Delaware, Cornyn has decided to support candidates who wholly blur the lines between the Democrats and Republicans in states where it is not necessary.

The endorsement of Charlie Crist compounds the problem. At a time every poll shows the Republican brand has suffered a terrible blow and no one can really distinguish it from the Democrats, Charlie Crist has decided to erase the lines altogether.

Perhaps Senator Cornyn should just go out and find Democrats to run since that is the net result of his failed recruiting efforts.

In the meantime, donors to the NRSC should stop donating.