The VA story is still unfolding and the consensus seems to be that it will be with us for a while. Which makes the eagerness of some not-in-office political hacks to wade in all the more unseemly.
Bob Dole’s views on the situation and his opinion on whether or not General Eric Shinseki should resign are eminently worth knowing.
But Charlie Crist?
Mr. Crist is campaigning to be governor of Florida. Why? Well, because he is a professional politician and needs a job. He tried for the U.S. Senate and lost the Republican nomination to Marco Rubio. At which point, Crist became an independent. Then a Democrat. Everything he once claimed to believe with all of his heart, he now find odious and tainted by the stench of Tea Party ideology and, of course, racism.
So 48 hours after the VA story got really big (and one wonders why it took him so long) Crist was out with a statement about how, when it comes to Shinseki, “his confidence is gone.”
Well, that ought to do it. When you’ve lost the confidence of Charlie Crist, you are finished.
Crist did say that he appreciates the general’s “service to his country.”
A new poll shows Florida Republican governor Rick Scott behind his most likely opponent, Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, by 10 points. The Quinnipiac poll of registered voters found 48 percent support Crist while 38 percent support Scott. Scott's fortunes would improve if he ran against former Democratic state senator Nan Rich, who polls 36 percent to the Republican's 42 percent.
St. Petersburg, Fla. Tony DiMatteo, a state Republican party committeeman from Pinellas County, introduces to a packed house at the Tick Tock restaurant a number of local GOP activists here to support Newt Gingrich. Included are a few who worked early for Marco Rubio’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, back when, DiMatteo points out, Rubio “could not win.”
“Just like Newt could not win a couple of weeks ago,” he adds.
On two occasions over the past week, former president Bill Clinton attempted to persuade Democratic congressman Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Florida Senate race and endorse Republican-turned-Independent Florida governor Charlie Crist in the three-way contest. Clinton, who had campaigned for Meek twice in October, was acting with the knowledge – and presumably the blessing – of the Obama White House.
Another poll shows Marco Rubio sitting pretty with a double digit lead over Charlie Crist. As for the rumors that Meek might drop out and endorse Crist and turn this into a real race? Left-wing blogger Markos Moulitsas, who had been pushing for Meek to do just that, now says that Democrats "are actively boosting" Meek's "pretty much a hopeless candidacy" because Meek will help boost African-American turnout, and thereby help Democrats win the critical Florida's governor's race. Moulitsas's new line is a sign that Democrats don't think they have much of a shot of winning even if Meek endorsed Crist.
Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio has a comfortable 15-point lead, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll, which shows independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek are stuck in the 20s, battling for second place. Last night ABC News hosted a Florida Senate debate with the three candidates (you can watch it here), and neither Crist nor Meek appeared to do much to weaken Rubio's standing.