Without Huntsman to siphon off independents and Democrats in New Hampshire, Crist becomes the primo moderate.
Tim Pawlenty might lean moderate, but Sam’s Club doesn’t have a huge following in the hamlets of New Hampshire.
On the other hand, Charlie Crist’s strongest conservative case is his record on taxes. And that’s the way New Hampshire Republicans like to have their drinks — slightly stirred by conservatism, but not too shaken.
With a cleaner path in New Hampshire, Crist could then move on to Florida, and if you think he’d lose there, you’d be a perfect fit for John Edwards’ 2016 team.
Fresh off New Hampshire and Florida, Crist could roll up the big Super Tuesday states like Cuban cigars. Romney’s gone by now after losing New Hampshire (again), winning Michigan (again), and getting stuck everywhere else (again); Palin and Huck are murdering each other (again and again) over who believes murder is worse, and Chaingang Charlie is on the path to being Governor, Senator, and, finally, President in the span of 12 years.