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Mel Martinez resignation: The aftermath

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First and foremost, Charlie Crist says he won’t appoint himself. 538.com says Crist may end “pulling out his hair” over decision. John Cornyn says Martinez’s resignation “does not change the landscape.” Michael Barone says it should be Jeb Bush. HuffPo speculates Martinez resigned to screw Crist. Red County says it should be Marco Rubio. Susan MacManus is unsure. Kendrick Meek is magnanimous. New York Times suggests Clay Shaw. Not One Red Cent weighs in. Palm Beach Post has quotes from…

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CQ: Populist outrage and pragmatic recruiting a volatile mix for GOP

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From CQ: Republican officials, groping for a formula to revive their party, have been firing up their conservative activist base with support for “tea parties” that skewer big government, and rhetoric that brands President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party as “Socialist.” At the same time, though, GOP strategists have been working to recruit candidates for key 2010 elections who project more moderate images — which might draw them support across party lines and make them, at least in theory, more “electable.”…

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CQ: Conservatives bash John Cornyn, threaten to withhold donations to GOP

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From CQ: The Texas Republican in charge of helping his party win Senate seats recently moved to narrow the field in Florida’s 2010 primary but now faces a much wider problem: an incendidary backlash by the conservative movement. As soon as Gov. Charlie Crist made the long-anticipated announcement that he would run, John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, gave Crist a quick and hearty endorsement, even though another Republican, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, wants the…

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New blog — Not One Red Cent — calls for NRSC boycott over Charlie Crist endorsement

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This is a great example of the power of the blogosphere giving an outlet to someone whose voice would have likely gone unheard from. From Not One Red Cent, a new anti-Charlie Crist, anti-NRSC blog: On May 12, 2009, The National Republican Senatorial Committee betrayed its mission, betrayed Republican voters, and betrayed the Reagan legacy. The NRSC sided with an establishment candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, in a Senate primary against young conservative leader, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.…

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