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Must read from Washington Post: Florida governor Charlie Crist goes from GOP leading light to party pariah

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If you’re Charlie Crist, this is what a political freefall feels like. One day it is 2008, and you’re a popular governor whose Republican admirers are talking you up for the veep spot on your party’s national ticket. Then, suddenly, you’ve infuriated party conservatives, what you’re being fitted for is a political coffin, and you’re deciding whether to leave the GOP and run as an independent. According to polls, Crist was once ahead by about 30 points in a primary…

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Charlie Crist, Rick Perry: A study in contrasts

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While Governor Rick Perry celebrated his commanding victory over U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary in Texas, Florida Governor Charlie Crist delivered his final State of the State speech to lawmakers in Tallahassee. The two events seemed to crystallize the opposite ends of the GOP, and the two Republican governors’ divergent campaign fortunes. In Texas, voters’ “yes” to Perry was an emphatic “no” to Washington, as The New York Times characterized the race on its front…

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An athletic tea-bagger? ABC’s Craig James mulling run for U.S. Senate seat

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The U.S. Senate is one of the least-liked bodies in American society; few Senators have more than 50 percent approval individually, and Congress’ approval ratings as a body are lower than the Mendoza Line. In that sense, I suppose it makes sense for one of the more reviled figures in Texas’ recent football history to be considering a run for office. Craig James at least seems impervious to public loathing. James has been making the rounds meeting prominent Texas Republicans…

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An athletic tea-bagger? ABC’s Craig James mulling run for U.S. Senate seat

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The U.S. Senate is one of the least-liked bodies in American society; few Senators have more than 50 percent approval individually, and Congress’ approval ratings as a body are lower than the Mendoza Line. In that sense, I suppose it makes sense for one of the more reviled figures in Texas’ recent football history to be considering a run for office. Craig James at least seems impervious to public loathing. James has been making the rounds meeting prominent Texas Republicans…

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Karl Rove donates $1K to Marco Rubio

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Over the past few weeks, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has found himself being put on the defensive more and more in the primary thanks to the challenge by ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio. While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date, there are many Republicans — particularly those in Flordia that are close to former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush — who have publicly become more comfortable airing their skepticism about Crist in public. One of those Republicans with close…

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Sarah Palin: all tail, no head

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From 538.com: Sarah Palin’s political action committee — SarahPAC — raised $733,000 in the first half of the year and is set to push past $1 million in the wake of the recent attention she’s gotten herself. On the one hand, this isn’t that impressive. Mitt Romney, for instance, has raised twice as much. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Palin’s sometime rival who is now running for governor in Texas, raised nine times as much. For somebody with a political celebrity dwarfed…

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Houston Chronicle on John Cornyn, Charlie Crist

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn is an upbeat kind of fellow, but when it comes to the Republican Party’s current political standing, he is distinctly downbeat. “I think that we’re at a low ebb,” the San Antonio Republican declares. After eight years of the Bush presidency and the worst economic slump since the Great Depression, only 22 percent of Americans call themselves Republicans, according to a survey released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. But while there’s not much debate…

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