“Moderate” Florida governor Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign is circling the drain. And it’s mostly his own fault.
Crist, a formerly conservative politician who “grew in office” and became a full blown RINO, shortly after becoming governor in 2007, Crist blew through a 50-point lead over conservative former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio faster than Sherman went through Georgia. Polls released this week by Rasmussen and the Florida Chamber of Commerce both show Rubio with an 18-point lead over Crist in a race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat Mel Martinez resigned from last summer.
In the general Rubio has a commanding lead over the little known Meek. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Meek trailing Crist by 16 points and Rubio by 20 in general election match-ups, margins that are virtually unchanged from a month ago
Crist’s fall and Rubio’s ascendance have been so steady and uninterrupted that key members of Crist’s political organization are leaving in order to pursue “other opportunities”. When Crist appointed a liberal justice to the Florida Supreme Court — That drove the final nail.
The sounds you hear of many hands clapping are those of grassroots Florida Tea Party activists, pleased at the prospect of Crist’s long but undistinguished political career coming to an end. Not to mention the prospect of a young, energetic, intelligent conservative representing Florida in the U.S. Senate instead of the Arlen Specter wannabe Crist has become.
Growing in office instead of hold to the Constitution and your values and principles is proving deadly for Crist. I remember in January he was running ads maybe hourly, trying to prop up his Conservative bona fides with lies. Lies aren’t values, they show character. The Internet is changing politics in ways never envisioned by the political elites.