Moderates circle the wagons...for Charlie Crist. What are they afraid of?

The putative leaders of the Senate Republicans, Senators McConnell, McCain and Cornyn will be in Florida soon to raise money for Charlie Crist.

“Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist is getting a big boost for his U.S. Senate bid from a bevy of GOP A-listers. Helping to raise money for Crist in Washington are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. ”

I thought Crist was a lock in this race. The author agrees too but wonders why.

“According to a report in the Jacksonville Observer, polls show Crist comfortably leading Marco Rubio, his main GOP Primary challenger, by a 3-1 margin. Crist also handily defeats likely Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek.

Despite such good news, the Crist camp is pulling out all the stops to fill the campaign war chest.”


I find this troubling on a couple of levels.  First, are they more afraid of Meek or are they worried about conservative Republican rival Marc Rubio. The only answer I can come up with is Rubio. Everything I’ve read (admittedly not a lot) says Crist beats Meek hands down. The moderate Senate bulls are fixing the game before it’s really even started. Not only are they doing their level best to discourage if not make impossible, a challenge from the conservative upstart Rubio, they are welcoming good ol’ Charlie into the club (buying his loyalty with their “friends” campaign donations) and heck, he’s one of us anyways. Another go along, get along careerist politician about to be welcomed into the Party of Government.  (sotto voce) ” Yeah I know we’re in the minority but the fringes are great if you play your cards right.”

I am further troubled by what I see as an attempt by this troika of losers ( ahh, we’re still the minority party right?  You know the one…not enough votes to mount a filibuster by ourselves and the loser of the last presidential election?) to disenfranchise the Florida voters. I thought the Florida voters were the ones to decide who their next senator should be, not the the Senators from Arizona, Kentucky and Texas. If this ain’t “The Good ‘Ol (moderate) Boys Cub, I don’t know a better example. Cripes, they haven’t even run the primary yet.

And lastly (yeah I know, this is more than two), this is a thumb in the eye of  many conservatives who have been roundly critical on these pages of the political course being followed by the aforementioned troika for the very things they are now doing.


I wonder what they’re afraid of. Maybe Charlie’s gonna have to use some of that money they’re raising for him to bail their sorry butts out in their next election.  I sure as hxxx won’t be givin’ ’em any money.

“Don’t buy a single vote more than necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.” 

Joseph P. Kennedy