News to heal by: Rubio 43, Crist 27, Meek 21

We need something to salve the wounds from Delaware. How about the thought of Marco Rubio grinding Crist’s face in a pile of cow chips on election night? Works for me.

The independent Senate bid of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is in serious trouble, according to a new Fox News poll.

Crist drew 27 percent of likely voters in the poll of the three-way race. Republican Marco Rubio registered 43 percent support. Democrat Kendrick Meek came in third with 21 percent.

Crist’s troubles likely reflect a consolidation of Democratic support behind Meek, a four-term congressman, since his August primary victory and strong support from Obama, former President Bill Clinton and the national Democratic Party. Crist’s Senate run may also be taking a toll on his job approval ratings as governor. Just 41 percent approve of the job he’s doing, and 37 percent do not think he’s honest and trustworthy.

Sunshine Charlie is pandering to Democrats for dear life, both personally and by proxy, but that Meek win over Jeff Greene in the primary was huge in terms of solidifying a critical mass of Dems behind an establishment nominee. This is the second poll in a row to show Rubio with a lead this big, incidentally. The last one had it 43/29/23, almost a perfect replica of Fox’s numbers.

Below, as your feelgood “wash out the aftertaste of Delaware recriminations” clip of the day, a precise demonstration of the victory dance I’ll be doing if Rubio pulls it out.