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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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