Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Count Of Charlie Crist, Oh! Part 12

Charlie Crist is pretty much done as a Republican, folks.
A new survey of Florida Republicans by Public Policy Polling (D) has some awful news for Gov. Charlie Crist, the GOP moderate who is in a tough primary for Senate against the more conservative former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.

The poll will be released tomorrow, but so far PPP has put out a sneak preview. GOP primary voters were asked which of the following they would like to see doing a year from now: Governor, Senate, or out of office entirely. The answer: Governor 19%, Senate 14%, and out of office 56%. PPP's Tom Jensen writes: "If there is any path to his winning office in Florida again- and there may not be- it's as something other than a Republican."
It's that running as "something other than a Republican" part that presents the challenge.  How does he do it?  Will Florida Dems hang Kendrick Meek out to dry in order to have Crist run for the Donks?  Can they even still do so at this point under Florida law?  Would Crist win as a Democrat over Rubio?

Will Crist run as an independent?  Would it split the Meek vote and unite the Republicans behind Rubio, or would it split the Rubio vote and get the Dems united behind Kendrick Meek?

Or will Crist merely stick with his doomed Republican candidacy where any incumbent moderate Republican is reviled and Crist himself will be driven out of the party one way or another anyway?

I'm wondering what Crist is thinking.  Ideally I'd like to see Rubio and Crist slag each other to the point where Meek wins.  But at this point, it's up to Crist, not Meek.

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