I rarely take time out to say “I told you so,” partially because like most people, I’m wrong often enough that I don’t want to be a sore winner. But damned if I didn’t tell you so on this one:
Not that it matters now, but former Sen. Bob Dole (R) told the Topeka Capital-Journal that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) promised him that he would vote for Republican control of the U.S. Senate if he had won the three-way race in Florida.
Leopards don’t change their spots. People who proclaim themselves “conservative Republicans” don’t caucus with Democrats in the same calendar year.
This is why it is important for Democratic voters to stay true to their values and not be tempted by expediency in such an obvious case as Charlie Crist. Crist always called himself a conservative Republican, he was always a political opportunist and he was always going to abandon Democrats as soon as it served him.
If the voters who thought Crist was a viable option for our side had jumped on board with Kendrick Meek in the beginning, like they should’ve, Meek could’ve won and stopped Rubio. If groups like the Florida Education Association and some of the other unions had backed Meek wholeheartedly instead of splitting their support or endorsing Crist, Meek could’ve won (at least Equality Florida didn’t endorse Crist). If the left had worked to build some excitement around the Meek campaign, maybe a few more Democrats would’ve showed up to vote. Instead, they stayed home after they saw groups like the FEA co-endorsing a lifelong education opponent so they could get one bill temporarily stopped. If they had supported the lifelong champion of education, it would’ve been easier to turn out the vote and Alex Sink would’ve been governor and the legislature could’ve been kept under supermajority status. Make no mistake, SB6 will be back and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it now.
This is why you don’t betray your values for the sake of “maybe” winning with a candidate who doesn’t share your values.
At least those of you who did this have a chance to prevent Crist from doing this again if he runs for office again.
*Source: Smooth Like Remy
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