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It’s only February, but have the U.S. Senate candidates already jumped the shark?

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This last week, I cruised around the Bahamas, soaking up the sun while downing frothy boat drinks. Not once did I think about Charlie Crist or Marco Rubio or Kendrick Meek. What a vacation!

But now that I’ve been home for a few days and read through my Google Alerts, I have this sinking feeling that the candidates for US Senate are about to jump the shark. And it’s only February.

In the course of a week, the supposedly media-savvy candidate distributed a garish e-mail using a 16-year-old quote from the movie Forest Gump, which, in turn provoked a response themed around Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

The Hispanic candidate thinks the census shouldn’t count Hispanics. The African-American candidate, behind in the polls and dangerously off-track in his drive to qualify by petition, is sponsoring a NASCAR racer.

It’s only February! How absurd can this race get?

One day, it’s a Moneybomb, the next day its a flurry of “In Case You Missed It” e-mails sent to bloggers and writers who haven’t missed a press release, photo, quote, or tweet since this whole campaign started.

One day, it’s “I’m the next Scott Brown” or “I’m a Ronald Reagan Republican”, the next day it’s “I’m not a RINO” or “I’m Spartacus!”

Wait, is there a new poll from Rasmussen?

One day, it’s a Hug, the next day, it’s an arm on the shoulder. It’s RedState this, thetruthaboutrubio.com that.

Politico says this, The Hill says that. National Review puts this guy on the cover, then its the New York Times. 60 Minutes just spent the day filming them all.

Hopefully, the producers of 60 Minutes do a better job splicing together their footage than the campaigns have. Probably not as good as the producers of the documentary supposedly outing Crist as a homosexual, but better than the Republican candidates who have have pumped out shoddy web videos faster than first-year film students.

And, of course, what would a campaign be without a reference to Adolf Hitler?

That’s why I’ve told anyone who would listen to do what I just did. Go on vacation. Take a cruise of the Bahamas. Forget about Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek. Don’t worry about Erik Eikenberg or Abe Dyk or straw polls or Lincoln Day Dinners for a week. Stop thinking in 140 characters. Don’t read The Buzz for a week.

Remember, there are still 192 days until the primary!

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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