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David Frum Dumps on Crist, Supports Rubio

“Welcome to the Party Pal!” – John McClane, Die Hard

Well, better late than never I suppose. Of course, it’d mean more if it weren’t on the day word leaks Charlie Crist is going to turn back on his word and run for the Senate as an Independent.

The Crist-Rubio contest is a tough one for modern-minded Republicans. As Eli Lehrer has noted here, Crist is no paragon of good government. On the other hand, what has got Crist in trouble is not his beach-house bailout, but his willingness to cut a deal with the feds to rescue his state finances – kind of a governor’s job. It’s unnerving too that it is so hard to predict how Crist would behave as a U.S. senator. With Rubio, you have a more certain idea of what you’ll get.

But here’s where I come down: The center right has got to hold together. We cannot afford more NY-23s. In all but the most extreme circumstances, the rule has to be that those who participate in a party contest abide by the results of that process. It’s one thing if the race is Lieberman v. Lamont, and what’s at issue is success or failure in war. I used that comparison in a tweet today, but it does not stand up to scrutiny: the differences between Crist and Rubio are much more differences in tone, temperament, and personality. Had Crist prevailed in the Florida Republican primary, he would have had every valid reason to expect Rubio to support the outcome. The reverse should have held true.

Possibly the best way to describe the Florida Senate race after 5 PM Eastern (Crist’s rumored announcement time), is that Crist is likely to become an after-thought very soon.  No Republican is going to work for him for fear of killing their future career options, no Democrat is going to lend him a hand because they want to see Kendrick Meeks win the seat.  How Crist fund raises from now on is going to be something to see.

So in short, he’s a lot like how Dick Leinenkugel might perform in his quest for the Senate.

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  • dad29

    And we care what Frumfoodle thinks because……….?

  • Actually, Crist's hand is weaker than Leinenkugel's. Leinie is trying to wreck a primary election at a point when there won't be anything holding the Dems to their own party (yes, you heard me right – they'll get everybody except Tom Nelson out of the lt. gov. race by June), while Crist is trying to wreck a general election.