Friday, November 20, 2009

Charlie Crist's Options

The Republican Governor of Florida is in deep political trouble. He's the latest target of the tea bagger crazies. Or, as the Urban Dictionary now has it, he's being scozzafavaed.

According to recent polling, right-winger Mario Rubio is on track to defeat Charlie Crist in next year's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate nomination. The really bad news for Crist is, "The crazier the Republican, the better Rubio does." And, Florida has a lot of crazy Republicans.

Steve Benen surveys Crist's options:
  • Crist can try to out-crazy Rubio, but that would put him somewhere to right of Attila the Hun.
  • Once he loses the primary, he could do a Lieberman and run as an Independent, possibly tying the major party candidates.
  • He could change parties and become a Democrat, in which case poll data analysis show he probably would win.
Adam Smith, the fortuitously-named political reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, has an even more outlandish suggestion: Crist could discover some lofty principle he actually believes in. Then, he'd stand for something other than his own political advancement.

Novel idea, eh?

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