I was going to let Allahpundit report this news, but he was too distraught by the loss of potential blog content and turned immediately to rationalizing a Romney run.

Look upon him, ye doubters of the Orangest man in Florida, and weep. How have we brought him so low, this natural charmer and sincere public servant?

He bowed out with a stirring call to arms for the party he joined a couple years ago after losing the Senate race to Sen. Marco Rubio despite defecting and running as an independent.

Charlie Crist was never really in Florida’s 2016 Senate race, and on Monday he made it official: He is staying out.

“As members of the Florida Democratic Party, we stand for something — fairness, growing the middle class, and policies that strengthen future generations,” Crist said in a Facebook post.

“I will not be seeking office in 2016, but I will be working alongside you,” Crist wrote. “Too much is at stake for our beautiful Florida to be on the sidelines. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.”

Crist’s announcement helps clear the way for Rep. Patrick Murphy, a fellow Democrat, to run for the post — regardless of whether Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) leaves the seat to seek the presidency.

CNN’s Peter Hampby, who calls it the Last Temptation of Crist, ha:

Other Florida Democrats looking at the race include Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Rep. Alan Grayson, a liberal firebrand with a penchant for gaudy ties, and Rep. Patrick Murphy, a 31 year old from Jupiter who has been the most aggressive about a statewide bid despite having only been in Congress for two years.

What? A guy who cravenly switches parties and values every time he wants to run for statewide office, lost to Gov. Rick Scott, and has spent his post-gubernatorial life mostly in personal-injury law isn’t the dream of the Democratic Party’s future? Somewhere Kendrick Meek is shaking his damn head.