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With Jon Huntsman’s appointment, Charlie Crist’s path to GOP nomination just became possible

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Jon Huntsman’s appointment as Ambassador to China just made a Charlie Crist candidacy much more plausible.

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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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