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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    2010 Election Season Comment
    Gregory Morris, 5/13/09 10:20:08 am
    It is starting early in Florida.

    For those who haven't heard the news, Gov. Charlie Crist (RINO) has announced he plans to run for the seat in the U.S. Senate, which Mel Martinez plans to relinquish after this term.

    Crist still has high approval ratings. He's been good on Second Amendment issues, and generally supportive of tax cuts. I've applauded his past willingness to support unpopular budget cuts for the sake of trimming down the state government. On the other side, he has been a parrot supporter on many environmental issues, to the detriment of business in the state. I can begrudge him some enviro-weenie talk. However, the real deal-breaker is his recent enthusiastic support for Obama's socialist economic agenda, and fiscal raping of our children.

    Regardless of Crist's general popularity, real conservatives are, understandably, not happy with him. It would seem that his high approval ratings are due in large part to the love that moderate liberals, uninformed green-weenies, and swooning soccer moms have for him. Since he's abandoned a significant portion of his base, it looks like the primary is going to be a difficult one for Crist. Especially once people start discussing the issues. 35-year-old conservative rising star Marco Rubio is already challenging Crist to a debate.

    As I've mentioned before on this blog, the hispanic population in Florida is primarily Conservative, Catholic and Anti-Castro. In many states, democrats rely on the hispanic population to vote leftwards; that isn't the case here. However, they will vote for socially conservative hispanic politicians like Martinez. Rubio, who's rise to power was fast and furious, has the conservative credentials to really give Crist a run for his money in this predominantly red state. He also has the good looks and charisma to stand up to Crist (who just married novelty-heiress and super-babe Carole Rome.)

    As it stands now, Crist is still the most likely successor to Martinez, but politics in Florida can be extremely volatile. This election cycle will undoubtedly feature many primary battles between "moderate" Republicans and honest conservatives. The question, in my mind, is which way the state will go. Crist hasn't been entirely horrible, but Florida already has one Democrat senator (who is an astronaut, by the way... and you don't stand a chance of defeating an astronaut in an election, especially in Florida.) If Crist wins the primary, the democrats have virtually no chance of winning the seat in the Senate. On the other hand, I'd really rather have someone in D.C. who isn't going to abandon his conservative principals over something as tacky (and socialist) as a few TRILLION dollars in government spending. If Rubio can out-campaign Crist and win the primary, he will face a substantially harder battle against the Democrat candidate.

    I am still leaning towards the latter. If the country's current political derangement is good for anything, it is an opportunity for a restoration of the Republican party to the core values they used to care about (hint: remember the constitution?) After the betrayals we've witnessed, both now and during the Bush administration, liberty-minded folks such as myself are going to have a hard time pulling the lever for the status quo. Maybe it is time for some new blood.


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    Re: 2010 Election Season
    sburch79, 5/13/09 12:42:49 pm
    In defense of Crist and the stimulus money, he really is in a hard position. The federal government is taking money from his constituents and is going to spend it, whether FL takes some or not. And with FL facing a budget short fall, it has to be really hard to tell the federal government to take money from Fl residents and spend it in other states. I haven't heard (or looked for) Crist's position on whether there should have been a stimulus or not, but once the fed decides to spend the money, I believe he should do all he can to get as much of it back to FL as possible.


    I'm not Crist's biggest fan or anything, don't get me wrong. But based on his record so far he's way better than Martinez.
    Re: 2010 Election Season
    Gregory Morris, 5/13/09 12:51:32 pm
    Sorry, I have to disagree with you. This isn't about whether or not he should have taken "stimulus" money for the state. Nobody can begrudge a governor for accepting money from the Federal government. The thing is, Crist supported the legislation, and lobbied for it before it passed. Sure, he supported it to get more money for Florida, but that isn't an excuse for abandoning principals. All states are facing budget shortfalls right now. Ceding more power to the federal government is not the solution to that problem.
    Re: 2010 Election Season
    chris, 5/14/09 1:14:43 am
    if he would clean up the cesspool that is central and south FL, i might consider moving back... but he is useless, and cares only about getting himself more political power.
    Re: 2010 Election Season
    sburch79, 5/21/09 1:56:05 pm
    OK. You're right. I hesitated in writing anything in defense of Charlie, but I didn't think he was that bad. Since then I decided to actually look up some stuff and I would like to recant my statement.
    The last thing I saw was this: Appellate seat concerns state justices. He's refusing to follow the constitution and apoint a judge because the list didn't have any black people on it.
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