In defense of Charlie Crist
By Rod Brooker
Everybody’s tongues are wagging about Marco “right is a direction and wrong is Chinese for fortune cookie” Rubio. Meanwhile, hardly anyone — considers Kendrick Meek as the rest of the electorate uneasily overlooks the former elephant in the room: Charlie Crist.
Charlie, after all, is the right’s insurance policy. Charlie will
split the left with Meek, and will take the left-of-center centrists, with Rubio winning everyone to the right and going to the United States Senate with a healthy margin. Right?
Probably, but there are reasons to take another look at the former elephant. The rap on Sir Charles is that he waffles, floats in the wind as the polls change, and consorts with liberals. Maybe so, but he may not be as bad as you think.
Look at the advantages. Charlie is his own man, by which I mean there is no doubt that he is out for himself. So what’s wrong with that? Does anyone want a senator who lacks self-esteem? One who does not care if he wins or loses? Does anyone want a senator who will stick to dogma and the party line to the point he quits thinking and votes knee-jerk, even when a pragmatic vote might be more beneficial to the common good?
A lot of you just answered, “Yes, I want that rock-ribbed Republican who stands on principle, regardless.” You revere such a Republican. You call him a statesman. Let a Democrat or other left-wing life form vote with the same consistency, but to the left, and you call him a vile robot snake that kowtows to special interests and sells his soul in the process.
Think about Charlie Crist. Say he wins. Say there are 59 senators next year who will caucus Republican. Wouldn’t you Republicans want him to be No. 60? To give you the power to do good the way the Democrats have done evil the past two years? You need to do two things: be nice to Charlie, and get more than half the public to agree with you on issues, as shown by the polls. Charlie, the friendliest and most pragmatic person politician in Florida, will be in the Republican caucus in a heartbeat. He will turn to face the direction of the new wind, and will do the right thing by you. He may be self-serving but he’s absolutely transparent.
There are two other reasons to reconsider Charlie Crist. He isn’t Kendrick Meek and he isn’t Marco Rubio.
Rod Brooker, a former Socialist hippie who admits to being a tad left of center, but only a tad, apologizes to the women who saw nary a female personal pronoun in the words above. Politically incorrect, but in a healthy, ‘50s fashion. E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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