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Will Crist pull a switcheroo?


rumors.gifThe big speculation, even in national circles, is whether embattled Gov. Charlie Crist is going to run as an Independent.

Everyone is weighing the pros and cons. The bad news for Charlie is that if he bolts, he'll lose his big GOP donors, most of his staff, all of his party's organizing support, and be branded as a turncoat.

Already, party stalwarts are saying he should either remain in the primary race against Marco Rubio or bail out altogether, rather than act as a spoiler.

The good news is that polls show he actually has a chance of winning the general election as an Independent. Charlie can go ahead and be moderate (detractors would say "wishy-washy") Charlie, the People's U.S. Senate Candidate. If he makes it to Washington, he can acquire power beyond his junior status by auctioning his loyalty to whichever party needs his caucus vote more.

Most interesting in the wake of Charlie's decision will be the Great Moderation of Marco Rubio. Once he becomes the de facto Republican candidate, Rubio will no longer be forced to emit all the wild jungle noises that appeal to rabid right Republican primary voters.

In fact, he'll leave skid marks as he suddenly begins to sound like a reasonable person in an attempt to pick off the Crist moderates in November. Tea Partiers be damned...after all, where are they going to go?

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Chan-
You say-"Tea Partiers be dammed.....after all,where are they going to go.?"
May I suggest Iceland.?
They can be a "Pain in the Ash" there...! !


Of course Repubs want Crist not to run as an independent. He will beat both Meek and Rubio easily. Rubio can go back to party credit card scams, the only thing he is qualified.


I don't think the Tea Partiers are going anywhere. They come in two flavors. One flavor favors Sarah Palin and claims to want smaller government while continuing to kill Moslems wherever they may be found.

The other flavor favors Ron Paul and wants smaller government including the military. They would end the war on terror and bring all our troops home.

Both flavors of Tea Partiers are prepared to not vote for a major party candidate.

My prediction: this will result in the end of the Republican Party. Good Riddance. One can only hope for a similar fate for the Democrat Party.


you suggest Iceland.?
How go???


The good news is that polls show he actually has a chance of winning the general election as an Independent. Charlie can go ahead and be moderate (detractors would say "wishy-washy") Charlie, the People's U.S. Senate Candidate. If he makes it to Washington, he can acquire power beyond his junior status by auctioning his loyalty to whichever party needs his caucus vote more.
Is this good news????


dresses
Yes- I suggest Iceland for the "Tea-Partiers."

You ask-"How Go" ???

Answer-Wear their "Tea-Bag Hats" and float over...


The Republican party is fighting wall streets financial reform. The senate banking committee voted for reform, all 10 republicans voted against it. The S.E.C. voted to go after fraud charges against Goldman-Sachs,all republicans on the committee voted to let them off the hook! The American economic meltdown of 2008 was caused by financial institutions playing by loose rules, and was salvaged by the American taxpayers dollars. Yet the very institutions they saved have become bigger and more profitable than ever! Their financial power will become political power, thanks to the Supreme courts decision to treat corporations as individuals. Unlimited funds will flow to republican campaigns. The Republicans will pledge allegiance to these institutions, as we are witnessing now. I respect Charlie Crists bucking the republican agenda. Not moving in lockstep with them. However he runs I will vote for him. As a senator, he might be able to bring the republican party back to the people, from the inside or outside. As far as Rubio goes, being backed by Jeb Bush, means the same old same old.tr


More proof that what we really need to do is get rid of primary elections. Just hold the general election, let us rank our choices ("rank" being a really good word here), and transfer the votes for the candidate with the fewest votes until someone has > 50%. Suddenly election cycles wouldn't be 6 years long, candidates wouldn't have to appeal to "th base" anymore. We might actually get cooperation in Washington.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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