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Blogosphere chews on idea of Charlie Crist becoming a GDI (that’s God D–n Independent to you non-frat guys)

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Conservative bloggers think Crist will soon drop out of the GOP primary, now that two consecutive polls show him trailing Rubio:

RedState‘s Erick Erickson: “Rasmussen has the political earthquake out today. Charlie Crist’s team was unavailable for comment as they were in the bathroom collectively unable to contain themselves. […] Maybe this is why the media is reporting Charlie Crist had beakfast in Miami with [VP] Joe Biden the other day. Perhaps Crist is planning on jumping ship or taking a President appointment to lead up the relief effort to Haiti.”

NRO‘s Geraghty: “[…Crist] does no better than Rubio in general election matchups, and he’s left looking for a new justification for his candidacy, having established himself as a moderate man in a distinctly immoderate year. Choosing to run for reelection as governor would scramble the already-underway race for that office, but Sen. Bill Nelson is up for reelection in 2012, and conservatives might be a little wary of taking on a two-term Democratic senator. Crist could salvage some goodwill from conservatives if he were to withdraw now. He might look squishy and uninspiring next to Rubio, but in the eyes of Florida Republicans, he looks a lot more appealing than six more years of Nelson.”

Meanwhile, liberal blogger Moulitsas continues to urge Crist to switch parties: “Everyone I talk to in Florida tells me that Crist is the ultimate political survivor, that he’ll do whatever it takes to win. Well, I don’t believe, and I won’t believe it until he switches to the Democratic Party. Because if he wants to win his state’s Senate seat, it’s the only way he has a shot at it.”

BooMan doesn’t like Moulitsas’ suggestion:

“I’m somewhat mystified by Kos’s decision to woo Charlie Crist over to the Democratic Party. Kos keeps insisting that Crist has no chance of winning the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, and suggesting that Crist switch parties. Now, I am not a huge fan of [Rep.] Kendrick Meek and I don’t think he has a great chance of beating Mario Rubio in a head-to-head matchup. But he’d have some chance. And he’s a Democrat. Maybe he’s kind of a centrist Democrat, but this is Florida. I can live with that. […] It seems unlikely that Crist could beat Meek or North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns in a closed primary. Why would Democrats vote for him? I know I wouldn’t. And that’s kind of my point. What good would Crist be as a Democrat if he were elected as one. He’s got a decent environmental record for a Republican. And he’s not a religious nut (see Terri Schiavo). That’s the most I can say for him. Would he be better than Mario Rubio? Sure. He’d be better than most Republicans in Congress. That doesn’t mean he should be invited to join the Democratic Party. I can make compromises to keep control of the Senate, but this one seems hackneyed and premature.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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