October 30, 2010

EXCEPT HE'LL BE AS UNQUALIFIED AS THE UR...:

Florida swings toward Republicans (Carol E. Lee, 10/30/10, Politico)

Two years after Florida Democrats celebrated their role in the election of Barack Obama and the ouster of two Republican congressmen, the nation’s largest swing state is poised to tilt back toward the GOP, a pivot that could dramatically alter the dynamic for the president’s 2012 election campaign.

The backslide came into focus Thursday as the Democratic drama surrounding the state’s open Senate race spilled into public view.

Former President Bill Clinton’s efforts to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the contest during a trip to Florida last week, an acknowledgment of the congressman’s distant third-place showing in most public polls, was defensive in nature: Meek’s withdrawal, the thinking went, would deliver core Democratic voters to Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid in a last-ditch attempt to stop rising GOP star Marco Rubio, who leads in the polls.

Rubio isn’t simply a potential problem for Florida Democrats. A fresh-faced, Cuban-American conservative, the former state House Speaker is already being talked about as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2012. Democrats from the White House to Miami believe the GOP will look to put Rubio on the 2012 ticket, a move that could siphon off the Hispanic vote and make Florida—and its 29 electoral votes—even more of a tossup.


...which is why he should have run for governor.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2010 7:02 AM
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