Rock bottom: Crist advisor confirms that he’ll caucus with the Democrats; Rasmussen: Rubio 50, Crist 30, Meek 16

posted at 5:04 pm on October 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

My interest in this race has now passed the point of merely wanting Rubio to win — which, by the way, according to Mason Dixon’s pollster, is a take-it-to-the-bank lock even if Meek’s supporters do start peeling off towards Crist. How can it be that Sunshine Charlie might finish even a distant second given the almost pathological cynicism of his campaign? How is there even a single Floridian who trusts him enough to vote for him? If Meek doesn’t beat him, it’s a disgrace to the state.

“Crist is going to caucus with the Democrats,” [Crist advisor John] Morgan said. “I don’t think there’s any ifs, ands or buts about it. It would be, in a very tight year, almost like a Democratic pickup in a solid Republican state.”…

Crist spokesman Danny Kanner has denied that Mr. Crist had agreed to caucus with Senate Democrats as part of any deal with Mr. Clinton or Mr. Meek.

A person close to Mr. Clinton and familiar with the discussions tells Washington Wire that, yes, Mr. Crist had agreed to caucus with Senate Democrats if Mr. Meek bowed out of the race.

So goes the last gasp of Crist’s frantic final-week strategy to muscle Meek out and capture his Democratic supporters ahead of Tuesday. It started on Monday, when, according to Meek himself, Crist approached him and asked him to consider taking the plunge. When Meek didn’t bite, Team Charlie needed a back-up plan to siphon off his support; hence the mysterious leak to Politico yesterday about Meek’s conversations with Clinton, designed to convince Meek’s donors/voters that he himself has all but given up on his own campaign and the only thing to do now is back the guy capable of beating Rubio. Now that that’s turned into a Category Five clusterfark, replete with Crist hint-hinting that Obama blessed this deal even as Crist’s own spokesman insisted that he didn’t, here’s their last-ditch pander to Meek’s base: Yes indeed, Crist will caucus with the Democrats next year. Unless, of course, his career ambitions later require him to caucus with the GOP, in which case he’ll merrily knife Florida’s Democrats in the back and switch parties. Everyone knows it. Or rather, at this point, everyone should.

Here’s Jeb Bush helpfully reminding Floridians of something they should be painfully, and I do mean painfully, aware of already. Assuming that Rubio does go on to victory on Tuesday, this will be yet another parallel between his career and Obama’s: Both strikingly young and charismatic, both with backgrounds in state legislatures, both with irresistible “American dream” storylines as minorities who’ve risen to great success, and both beneficiaries in their Senate campaigns of mind-boggling strokes of luck. In a sane year, with deft Democratic leadership, a Crist/Meek deal would have been brokered weeks or even months ago with an eye to taking down a Republican with national potential. (I’ve been gaming it out for that long myself.) Instead, Marco’s opponents collectively crapped the bed. I don’t believe that it’s better to be lucky than good, but it’s sure nice to be both. Click the image to watch.

Update: Start your weekend off right with this, my friends. Sorry, Charlie. Too late.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State finds Rubio picking up 50% of the vote, while Crist, Florida’s current GOP governor, receives 30% support. Meek picks up 16% support, his worst showing since early July. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are still undecided.


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Rubio hung in, even during the oil spill, when Crist was surging because people knew him and he was talking the talk.

But Rubio is a smart political type. He just hung in. Sure enough, there was enough time int he campaign for that aura to fade.

I still say O’Donnell is the same. She’s a hang-tough type, too.

She just didn’t have enough time to overcome the Rove factor.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM

And just think, Crist is the guy that GOP leadership was endorsing!

INC on October 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

How pathetically true! The GOP leadership has had their mask removed by the Tea Party. Much work ahead.

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Weren’t we all told that “moderate” Republicans like Crist were the future of the party. We now see their vision of the future for Republican party is to become Democrats/Marxist/Fascists.

Wasn’t Crist endorsed by John McCain, Lindsey Graham, NRSC, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the usual cast of RINO miscreants who said only Crist was “electable”?

The Future of “Moderate” Republicanism is caucusing with Marxist Democrats…got it.

DeathB4Tyranny on October 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I still say O’Donnell is the same. She’s a hang-tough type, too.

She just didn’t have enough time to overcome the Rove factor.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Don’t be surprised of O’Donnell pulls out a victory in Delaware.. Obummer is heading back there for good reason.

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Who wants Charlie Crist to disappear into obscurity, and never be heard from again? Raise your hand then pull the lever for Rubio.

Dr Evil on October 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

“Crist is going to caucus with the Democrats,” [Crist advisor John] Morgan said. “I don’t think there’s any ifs, ands or buts about it.

Ok, so why was he in the Republican Primary? Since this was now not only his current position; but I’m sure (like running Independent was) his PLAN ALL ALONG!

This is a new level of batsh*t-crazy you have to absorb to think Crist is even plausibly believable isn’t it?

gekkobear on October 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

This just in! Crist announces that he will caucus with the homeless vagrants under the I-95 Bridge in North Miami on November 3!

BigAlSouth on October 29, 2010 at 6:43 PM

So what can the 2,000,000 Floridians that have already voted do, if this information makes them want to change their vote?

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 6:46 PM

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State finds Rubio picking up 50% of the vote, while Crist, Florida’s current GOP governor, receives 30% support. Meek picks up 16% support, his worst showing since early July. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are still undecided.

And 17 percent of men agree the only redeeming value to the coverage Crist got was this photo.

Hawks apologies to the polite Hot Air ladies.

hawkdriver on October 29, 2010 at 6:48 PM

BigAlSouth on October 29, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Belly laugh.

This is a new level of batsh*t-crazy you have to absorb to think Crist is even plausibly believable isn’t it?

gekkobear on October 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

A big chunck of left-leaning “Republicans” still think he’s the key to legislation they want. He will get their vote.

hawkdriver on October 29, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I just wonder now, for real, about Rasmussen. The polling is just bizarre.

I think they need to kick it up a notch or truly be in la-la land.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

The GOP leadership has had their mask removed by the Tea Party. Much work ahead.

Keemo on October 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM

From day one. It starts on the 3rd!

hawkdriver on October 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

I just wonder now, for real, about Rasmussen. The polling is just bizarre.

I think they need to kick it up a notch or truly be in la-la land.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Can you specify where you think they’re off?

hawkdriver on October 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Uber pwnage!

Jim-Rose on October 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Obama fears that Rubio will pull an Obama and run in 2012.

Imagine the debates. The new governor, if a R, could appoint Bush…

Billy fears Rubio for the same reasons, against Hillary.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Obama fears that Rubio will pull an Obama and run in 2012.

Imagine the debates. The new governor, if a R, could appoint Bush…

Billy fears Rubio for the same reasons, against Hillary.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Can you imagine a Hispanic candidate on the R side? Say Hello competitive California!! Florida would be a lock for Rubio. New Mexico and Nevada too. Democrats would still paint him as a racist of course. But you have to figure most people aren’t thats stupid.

angryed on October 29, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I would like to remind everyone that Crist endorsed McCain over Romney in the primaries. That should tell you something.

scotash on October 29, 2010 at 9:50 PM

I want Charlie Crist to come in 3rd! Then I want former FL GOP Chair Greer to turn on Charlie. Crist didn’t take a credit card because he had his aides and Greer charge what he wanted which is probably why he gave Greer back his $10,000 but no other Republican. Crist’s wife charged her trip to Europe on FL GOP and Greer needs to out the fact in court.

Crist ran his campaign on Republican money which is disgusting in itself. Charlie Crist is the worst kind of politician and hope this puts the final nail in his coffin so the orange man never can run again.

PhiKapMom on October 30, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Crist’s wife charged her trip to Europe on FL GOP and ………….
PhiKapMom on October 30, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Crist is MARRIED?

Red State State of Mind on October 30, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Billy fears Rubio for the same reasons, against Hillary.

Schadenfreude on October 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Well, if Marco started running for President right after election to the Senate, you know the MSM would be all over him with criticisms that he was just using the Senate gig as a stepping stone.

Red State State of Mind on October 30, 2010 at 11:37 PM

I just wonder now, for real, about Rasmussen. The polling is just bizarre.

I think they need to kick it up a notch or truly be in la-la land.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

have you looked at the level of accuracy of their polling in the 2008 cycle?

Red State State of Mind on October 30, 2010 at 11:39 PM

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