Charlie’s Legacy

We can’t afford another Charley, thanks to Charlie

Charlie Crist, who is positioning himself as a conservative in his run for the U.S. Senate, has overseen one of the greatest expansions of government into the private market in any state’s history.

Read Mike Thomas’ column from today’s Orlando Sentinel by clicking here.

Forget saying “Sorry Charlie” and start saying “Senator Crist”

Back in February I predicted Mel Martinez would resign from the U.S. Senate.

From my column: My guess is Senator Martinez will soon announce he not only plans to not run for re-election, but that he is going to resign from the U.S. Senate. Then Mel’s pal Charlie appoints himself to the senate seat, thus giving Charlie the power of incumbency when he has to run for re-election next year. You can read the full column by clicking here.

The good ol’ boys have a plan to make it so…

By Chris Ingram

My prediction has now come true. Mel Martinez is resigning his senate seat. Give it a couple of days, and I expect you’ll be reading about our oh-so-tanned governor announcing he is appointing himself to Martinez’s seat because (sorry to John Morgan), he’s “for the people.”

Yes, this is legal.

For the record, our spineless governor has stated he won’t appoint himself. This is the same guy who said he wasn’t going to run for the senate, said he wasn’t interested in being McCain’s running mate, and said he was going to make our taxes “drop like a rock.” You get the picture? His word is no good.

While certainly a political backlash will occur if Mr. For the People appoints himself, it will be brief. A couple of weeks of criticism, slams from the editorial pages, and letters to the editor from people outraged at the selfish opportunism (not that anyone should be surprised at Chuckles’ political opportunism) and that will be it. Continue reading “Forget saying “Sorry Charlie” and start saying “Senator Crist””

Marco’s Long March

This election will tell us a lot about what Florida Republicans are all about. About what national Republicans are about as well. (Most of the national Republican muftis have lined up behind Crist.) The race has been described in several quarters as “a battle for the soul of the Republican Party.” It will also demonstrate whether a slow but relentless retail ground-game with limited media can succeed in a large state against a well-financed candidate the establishment is firmly behind.

Challenging the GOP’s establishment liberal wing won’t be easy

By Larry Thornberry

TAMPA — The race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat Mel Martinez is not seeking re-election to in 2010 — which pits liberal Florida Governor Charlie Crist against conservative former Speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio — is not exactly heating up. But it’s taking shape. There’s good and bad news for the right. Continue reading “Marco’s Long March”

Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?

It’s easy to see why conservatives are frustrated. Maybe that’s why they threw tea bags at the White House instead of discussing a platform on taxation. But this kind of erratic, pundit-driven development simply doesn’t work. Over the next five weeks, Congress stands poised to tackle climate change, health care, and a Supreme Court nomination. The minority won’t technically win any of these fights, so they really only have one viable option: go back to the drafting table and start working. (Either that or start a betting ring on who’ll go crazy next.)

Actually, what the party needs are fewer spotlights and more desk lamps

By Kelsey Stapler

There are some who believe those in high office should be held to a higher standard. Given recent events, however, Republican voters might just settle for officials to stay within the margins of polite society. Conservatives’ resignation (or worse, denial) in the face of political falling stars threatens to become the GOP’s next biggest problem.

Of course, politicians are human. They screw up, have affairs, quit their jobs early, and fly to Argentina just like the rest of us. But the bizarre antics of Ensign, Sanford, Palin, and others are also vintage examples of image trumping intelligence. Continue reading “Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?”

Chambliss is Pimping for Charlie

In short, back-slappin’ Charlie has been a terrible governor and would make an even worse U.S. Senator – although at least in the senate he would only be one of 100 and arguably would do far greater damage than as governor.

Chris Ingram lets Sen. Chambliss know what he thinks about Crist

An Open Letter to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):

Dear Senator:

We have known each other for many years, and I have always admired your conservative values and principles.

However, due to your recent endorsement of Charlie Crist in the open Florida U.S. Senate seat which is a contested race among more than one Republican (including Marco Rubio), I now doubt your sincerity for honest and fair elections, not to mention good leadership and responsible government. Continue reading “Chambliss is Pimping for Charlie”