Daily Kos founder wants Charlie Crist to run as Democrat against Rubio

Give Bush props for not being "politically correct" (hey, he's the one insisting on not endorsing).   But the question I have for state Democrats as they see Kendrick Meek continue to stay out of the spotlight is, will they hammer home how out of the mainstream many of Marco Rubio's ideas if he becomes the GOP candidate after August?  (Another poll released yesterday shows the continuing momentum for the former House Speaker.   That Chamber of Commerce survey has Rubio up by 18%, 48-30%).

Many political analysts in Florida say that moderate candidates win state wide elections, and that's been true when you look at people like Bob Graham, Connie Mack, Mel Martinez, Charlie Crist, Lawton Chiles.  Jeb Bush was not moderate, but he was a celebrity and a Bush.  Marco Rubio is not moderate, but he is extremely charismatic.  Currently polls show Rubio doing extremely well against Kendrick Meek.  In fact, some national Democrats are now concluding that Meek will not be able to beat Rubio this fall.

That led Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas to write on Monday that Charlie Crist should switch and run as a Democrat this fall.

Moulitsas wrote this:

If he wants to survive in politics, switching is his only hope. What's more, I'd welcome him into my party.

Here's the bottom line: there are only two people who can win that seat -- Crist and Rubio. I'd much rather it be the former, and Crist ain't gonna do it as a Republican.

Florida Dems want to comment?

Months ago, when Marco Rubio was seemingly miles away from being considered a contender for the GOP nomination for Senator, political analysts throughout the Sunshine State contemplated what an endorsement from the big kahuna in state Republican politics, Jeb Bush, might mean for his then struggling candidacy.

That's because everyone knew that Bush and Rubio were always on a similar wave length - heavily conservative - in a way that the more moderate Crist has never been.

Though Jeb said recently it was too early to endorse, nobody at this stage of the game believes he'll come out for Crist.  And now newspapers and blogs in Florida and nationally are headlining Bush's comments to Newsmax.com, that Crist's support for the economic stimulus package last year was "unforgivable."

The former Florida Governor says this about Crist's infamous now support of the plan last year in Fort Myers (which Crist still stands by after earlier flip flopping on the issue),

Asked about Crist and the stimulus bill, Bush said: “There’s one thing that he has done that I just find unforgivable. He is the only statewide political leader, that I‘m aware of, that embraced the stimulus package when Republicans were fighting to suggest an alternative.

“He did it the day before the vote. It was a mistake.”

In a press release issued this morning, the Marco Rubio camp quotes it a little differently, from a video transcript, they quote Bush as saying:

Gov. Bush: "Governor Crist is a talented guy. He's about the nicest person I've ever met in politics. But there's one thing he's done that I just find unforgivable. That I'm aware of, he is the only statewide political leader that embraced the stimulus package when Republicans were fighting to suggest an alternative. ... In its place, we have this massive spending bill that is not related to stimulus. It is related to trying to carry out a liberal agenda. He did it the day before the vote, it was a mistake, and then he denies that he would have supported the bill. I know I'm supposed to be politically correct, and I said I was neutral and all that, (but) I got a problem with that."

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