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Chan Lowe: Dems kneecap Kendrick Meek


Lest Florida manage to make it through an entire election cycle without some unique distinction, we have Bill Clinton’s eleventh-hour effort to talk Kendrick Meek into abandoning his senate candidacy to ensure that our state once again makes national news.

This goes beyond cynical. Political parties exist to enable the election of candidates who espouse the principles for which they stand. Using this criterion, there is no more faithful Democrat in the U.S. Senate race, from any state, than Kendrick Meek. Besides, he's been laying the groundwork for his candidacy for years, traveling the length and breadth of Florida and giving it his all.

Now comes Meek’s old friend and mentor Bill Clinton, taking him aside and recommending that he quit because he doesn’t have enough money to win.

Never mind that the national Democratic Party machine shorted the Meek campaign from the beginning because it didn’t have faith in his viability; the real crime here is that Clinton comes at the behest of erstwhile Conservative Republican (now Moderate Wet Noodle) Charlie Crist, who uses as his rationale the threat that if Meek doesn’t bow out and throw his support to Charlie, it ensures a victory by the hated Marco Rubio.

So the national party is willing to throw one of its own to the wolves in order to protect its majority in the Senate.

Here’s why this little caper is not only cynical but naive: It presupposes that Charlie Crist, who is rumored to have secretly assured the Dems that he would caucus with them, can be trusted to keep his word if elected. Anyone familiar with Charlie’s history can safely assume that he will caucus with whichever party gives him the better deal in terms of committee chairmanships and access to power.

Kendrick was wise to turn Clinton down. Only he seems to know that the Democrats have nothing to lose in standing by their man.

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How the democrats lost in the midterms will be remembered in addition to how many.

I say write in George LeMieux...

I beg to differ that Meek lost because of lack of money.I think he still has a political career,hopefully this is the last we see of crispy Charlie.

As a Independent I've been undecided between Crist & Meek...
After seeing your cartoon, and thinking long and hard--Meek will get my vote.

of course race had nothing to do with this...only racist tea partiers would not support a black candidate, right? never democrats.

Black democrats only win in minority majority districts...white democrats do not vote for black democratic leadership.

apparently we racist tea partiers look past the color...Go West!!

Clinton and Crist deserve each other. Democrats will eat their young to gain power. Does this mean Clinton is a racist?

This isn't about anything other than pragmatism and reality. If the most important thing was keeping Rubio out of the senate, which it SHOULD be, Clinton was right. Meek has ZERO chance of winning. Rubio and the crackpot Tea Partiers are laughing their way to the Senate! What did Meek accomplish? 3rd place. Just watch and see.

ESF....yes, we are laughing all the way to the Senate. Meek is your Ross Perot...but relax, this senate race is just a drop in the bucket of conservative landslide that is on your way.

Why cant most liberals like ESF refer to the tea party, gop, or any conservative w/o tagging an insulting term to it? I dont hate liberals or denigrate them. We just see things differently.

Just because you disagree with me will not make me denigrate your intellect or intentions. There are countless points which educated people can observe, discuss & come away with vastly different opinions...and still have a beer together.

Senator Rubio, Representative Angle, does have a lovely ring, doesnt it?

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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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