Morning must-read from Nat’l Journal: Fla. Dems pray for Crist’s resurrection

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This morning’s must-read is from the National Journal,which really gets going by the fourth paragraph.

“It’s like the perfect scenario for Crist,” Democratic consultant Screven Watson said. “I’m not ready to coronate him, but I think it’s damn close.”

There’s more good from Watson when asked about the possibility of a wealthy businessman — a Democratic Rick Scott — entering the race. Watson compared it to a unicorn. “I hear about it, but I’ve never seen it,” he said.

Of course, Steve Schale is asked for his opinion about the race. Schale said that with Crist looking at the race, he “didn’t know how much room” a potential primary opponent would have to “find a coalition” to run against Crist.

“I don’t know how Crist decides not to run,” Schale said. “If he says ‘I’m in,’ he’s probably pretty much assured of being the nominee.”

Schale acknowledged that some Democrats are hesitant to embrace Crist as the party’s nominee because he’s “the guy that some people spent 20 years trying to beat.” But he added for most Democrats “there isn’t that same angst. … They thought highly of him when he was governor, and they still like him.”

Democratic consultant Steve Vancore agreed. “It’s Charlie Crist’s to lose,” said Vancore. “At this point in time, I don’t see anybody who could really compete well in the Democratic primary.”

And then there is the seemingly bitter Robin Rorapaugh — bitter, I imagine, because there will be little room at the trough for her — who said Crist was a “viable Democrat” but added that “people who are deciding not to run for governor because they think Charlie Crist has the primary election … aren’t thinking very deeply.”

So I guess myself, Steve Schale, Steve Vancore, and Screven Watson aren’t thinking very deeply, hmmm?

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