Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Good news for the two party system?

I hope U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek wins the Democratic Party primary, and then the general election, for one of Florida's two U.S. Senate seats in 2010.

And, I can't stand his likely opponent, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist is a political chameleon who seems devoid of consistency or principles. The first time Crist ran for the U.S. Senate, approximately 10 years ago, it was as a doctrinaire Reagan / Gingrich Republican. Today, he's running as a pragmatic, centrist, non partisan friend-of-Barack. Crist is a phony. But, an elect-able phony.

Nonetheless, the following good news for Charlie Crist is also good news for America, if you believe we need two strong opposing political parties to keep each other in line.

"He's winning glowing praise from conservatives casting him as the future of the GOP, but Marco Rubio's early fundraising raises doubts about his viability in a Senate match-up against Gov. Charlie Crist. Nobody expected the former state House speaker from Miami to match Crist in fundraising, but Rubio's announcement Tuesday that he raised just $340,000 had Republicans questioning his ability to compete. ''It's hard to call him credible when he only raised that much in his first quarter. . . . No candidate wins if they're outraised 10 to one,'' said Republican consultant Jamie Miller of Sarasota. 'Candidates sometimes like to say, `I'm running a real grass-roots campaign, going to all these clubs where people are clapping and happy to see me.' But that's about three percent of the voters.''

I want Meek to win. But, in the interest of a strong two party system, I have to hope Crist is the Republican nominee.

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