Crist is like any self respecting politician—when losing they start strategizing. With his veto on Senate Bill 6, Crist has intentionally fired the last shots through the hull of his sinking ship. Actually it can’t sink, it’s already run aground down by Marco Rubio land off the shores of Miami. It seems he has intentionally handed the republican primary to Rubio. But wait, as with any good martyr he is saying. “I will do what’s right for the people of the state of Florida. It’s not about party affiliations it’s about doing the peoples work. (Camera pans left as he wipes one eye with finger).
Well, actually he hasn’t said any of that, yet—I said it, as I gazed into my crystal ball (not really, I used tarot cards). He seems doomed, but we haven’t seen the last of Crist. He’s not willing to give up his career in politics, or his power and prestige. What he is willing to do, is say or do whatever it takes to stay in the game; even if it’s running as an independent and backing away from the March 28th interview with Chris Wallace.
WALLACE: …“I just want to say, though, you are saying you are going to run in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. You will not run on the no party affiliation line”.
CRIST: That’s right. That’s right. That’s what I’m saying.
Yeah, I’m not buying it. Although, it was a brilliant move to martyr him self while garnering support from the teachers union. Remember, 90% of teachers are card carrying democrats and they can’t vote in the republican primary anyway. Florida used to be generic when it comes to politics, as in the 3 hanging chads that separated Gore and Bush in 2000 election and 4 years later Kerry nearly took the state from Bush. As Bob Dylan once wrote; “The times they are a-changin’”.
So, maybe I’m all wet…let me know how you see it. But if he runs as an independent I will replace Bill Nelson (only temporarily) as my poster boy for Term Limits.