Rumors swirl: Democrat set to drop out in Florida and endorse Charlie Crist?

posted at 8:30 pm on October 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

Nothing concrete, but this nightmare scenario has been on our collective radar screen for so long that it only stands to reason that something must be up. Simply put, Meek can’t win; with less than a month to go, there’s no longer any doubt about it. Even if Crist dropped out and endorsed him, he’d probably still lose to Rubio as centrist Republicans in Crist’s camp tilted back towards the GOP nominee. Meek’s only role in this race at this point is to make Rubio’s path to the Senate nice and easy, which he’s doing a splendid job of.

This can’t go on. Democrats won’t ride this train off a cliff. Some sort of deal must be in the works. Dude, I’m nervous.

Across the state, groups such as Palm Beach Democrats for Crist and Tampa Democrats for Crist are emerging. Republican fears are further stoked by the almost universal acknowledgment that Mr. Meek has almost no chance to win. Statewide polling has his support in the teens and falling. His money coffers are all but dry. Democrats had hoped that when Mr. Crist abandoned the GOP for an independent run, it would split the Republican vote and propel Mr. Meek into the winner’s circle. With four weeks to go, no one believes that now. Mr. Meek, who is African-American, polls strongly only with black voters…

Mr. Crist has also refused to say which party he would caucus with if he wins. His latest nonanswer: “I will caucus with the people.” But Mr. Crist has met privately with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, adding to GOP paranoia that Democrats may be getting ready to throw the sure loser Mr. Meek over the side. One Republican Party leader tells me he wouldn’t be surprised to hear suddenly that “Meek was offered an ambassadorship from Barack Obama.” In late September, under pressure from black leaders in Florida, Vice President Biden was sent to stump for the four-term House member, but local Democrats have long doubted the depth of the White House’s commitment to the party’s candidate.

Not surprisingly, Crist saved his best (or rather, least lame) zingers at last night’s debate for Rubio and tea partiers. E.g., “You haven’t been drinking Kool-Aid, you’ve been drinking too much tea.” Here’s my question: Simply as a matter of personal pride, would Meek step aside for Crist at this point? He’s hit him awfully hard in ads for being a fair-weather conservative, and last night he actually compared him to George Wallace for blocking gay adoptions for years until recently having a conveniently timed change of heart. No doubt Meek’s not going to endorse him even if he does drop out, but he wouldn’t need to. Democrats will naturally line up behind the centrist candidate.

Is it already too late to remove Meek’s name from the ballot, though? I can’t remember a major party candidate quitting a race in October so I don’t know what that would mean for the polls on election day. But early voting in Florida starts in just 10 days or so. If Democrats want Meek out, it has to happen quickly and it has to be arranged that there’s no Democratic line on the ballot. Otherwise some base voters will pull the lever for “D” regardless, costing Crist precious votes.

I was going to post a clip from the debate but something tells me you’ll enjoy this one more.


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She may forget to fill it out. I may forget to remind her.

Crusader Rabbit on October 7, 2010 at 9:59 PM

That there is funny

WoosterOh on October 8, 2010 at 1:21 AM

This would seem to put a damper on such rumors:

http://www.kendrickmeek.com/index.php/weblog/archive/kendrick_meek_rejects_sierra_club_co-endorsement/

I cannot in good conscience accept an endorsement from an organization that would stand with a governor who has consistently put developers, oil companies and the special interests first. I choose to stand with the environmental community and everyday Floridians who want clean energy jobs, clean water, and clean beaches. It’s an insult to Florida’s environmental community and Sierra Club members that the organization would endorse a governor who, in the organization’s own words, ‘sold out to developers’ by ‘failing to veto even the worst bills.’ While I agree that Marco Rubio is an unacceptable choice for Florida’s environment, Charlie Crist is also an unacceptable choice. We should all take a stand and, in doing so, I respectfully decline the Sierra Club’s co-endorsement.

Chris of Rights on October 8, 2010 at 8:17 AM

The people of NY deserve what they get if they elect Andrew M. Cuomo as their next governor. Like his father, Mario, Andrew is arrogant, smug and is as hubris as his father. To the people of NY…Bon Appetite!

belad on October 8, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Might be a stupid question, but does anyone have any good guess of rough % of Dems who just vote straight ticket no matter what?

galenrox on October 7, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Don’t know if Florida machines even allow a straight ticket vote. Some of the older mechanical machines did, so with one action you could vote party-line. In Georgia the machines don’t have that.

In Florida, aren’t they all electronic? Are there really any ballots to be ‘printed’?

slickwillie2001 on October 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Fl has electronic touch screen voting machines. I’m sure a lot of people have already voted early. Has anyone asked Charlie if he wins, will his parole office allow him to wear an ankle bracelet to DC.

Kissmygrits on October 8, 2010 at 10:04 AM

am I missing the UPDATE post which CONFIRMS what I said waay upthread that this is total utter BS spread by Crist?

Ace has it:

Everything that guy just said is bullshit.

Meek vehemently insisted on Thursday that he is in the race to the end.

“I’m taking a stand against the radical right,” said Meek. “Marco Rubio has always been the tea party candidate and yesterday Charlie Crist says he wants to crash the tea party, too. I’m the only candidate who’s fighting for the middle class and I’m not going anywhere except the United States Senate.

“If you want to stop the privatization of Social Security and Medicare, stop more tax cuts for the wealthy, stop more special-interest tax breaks, stop more environmental destruction and stop more jobs being shipped overseas, I’m asking you to take a stand with me,” added Meek. “Because if they want to go back to the Bush years, they’re going to have to go through this 6-foot-3-inch former state trooper.”

I may add a little more on this in a minute.

Okay: What I hear, from a Florida source (and only one), is that an old Crist hand, an ally and lobbyist, was the one calling this story around, especially calling South Florida Jewish Democrats to claim that this was in the works. The plan, apparently, was to convince enough people that it was happening to get media to report it was happening so that it would snowball interest in it, cripple Meek’s candidacy, and make it actually happen.

Meek, and Meek’s supporters, will probably become further incensed at the sneaky little shit that we call Charlie Crist.

As I said utter and complete BS Meeks is not going anywhere

stop falling for Dem games HA!!!

ginaswo on October 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM

LINK TO aCES POST

Hey AP how about you stop doing the Dems job for them?

lol

ginaswo on October 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

In Florida, aren’t they all electronic? Are there really any ballots to be ‘printed’?

No. I can’t speak to the other 66 counties in Florida, but in Leon County we use optical scan ballots. If you’ve ever taken a Scantron test or survey, you’ll have familiarity about how it works. Fill in the bubble next to the candidate’s name, and move on. With a felt-tip marker, instead of a #2 pencil. :-)

When submitting the ballot to the box, it passes thru a scanner, which checks for over/under or otherwise flawed ballots, and if found to be wanting, spits it back to you so it can be corrected. If the ballot is too spoiled, it’ll go in the spoiled lot, and a new ballot issued.

Once the ballot passes muster, it updates it’s count and drops it in the box.

As long as people fill in the bubble correctly (Xing or check marking the bubble won’t cut it and be rejected by the scanner at the box), you get accurate results that are replicable. We used this system for the 20+ years I’ve lived here, and in 2000 there was one count and two recounts: the totals all agreed.

There is no straight party bubble.

I R A Darth Aggie on October 8, 2010 at 11:19 AM

The interesting thing is that, in a sometime “swing” state like Florida, the country has moved so far to the right that, in a three way race, the conservative Republican is in the race and beating the “moderate” ex-”republican” and the Democrat is completely out of it.

Just two years ago, according to the media, the conservative right was finished. My, how times have changed. :) :) :)

Theophile on October 9, 2010 at 2:04 AM

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