Even as Gov. Charlie Crist comes under fire from Florida conservatives, he will be getting some important political backing today as he announces that he’s running for the Senate in Florida.(Via Memeorandum.) Why would any conservative ever send another dime to the NRSC after this? Marco Rubio is the conservative in that primary, and it was Charlie Crist whose endorsement of John McCain help deliver Florida to that dingbat loser.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee will be endorsing Crist, according to a senior Hill operative, marking the first time it has taken sides (for a non-incumbent) in a competitive GOP primary this election cycle.
To hell with Charlie Crist and to hell with the NRSC. Go give some money to Marco Rubio.
UPDATE: At AmSpecBlog, I quote the chairman of the Conservative Republican Alliance:
"In case the NRSC forgot, it was Governor Crist that openly supported the Obama 'stimulus' plan, and gave the plan political cover here in Florida," CRA chairman Javier Manjarres said in a press release. "Why does the NRSC issue an endorsement without even waiting to find out where the respective candidates stand on the issues?"Here's Marco Rubio's first ad hitting Crist: UPDATE II: Mitch McConnell endorses Crist, prompting John Hawkins to ask:
Can endorsements from Kathleen Parker and Colin Powell be far behind at this point?Hawkins is calling for Cornyn's resignation as NRSC chairman. Just don't send 'em money, whatever you do.
UPDATE III: Oh, good: Now Ed Morrissey hates me, too.
UPDATE IV: Lots more negative reaction from conservatives, including Erick Erickson of Red State, who calls our attention to Dan McLaughlin's Red State blog post, "Charlie Crist picks a fight Republicans don't need."
Dan Riehl is more approving, but perhaps he hasn't studied the situation in Florida in the detail McLaughlin has. Basically, the old wobbly moderate, Crist, is stepping on the career of the promising Latino conservative, Rubio. It's the exact opposite of what we need. It's a triple disaster: Crist will forego a reasonably safe re-election bid as governor, to waste NRSC money running for an iffy Senate seat, creating an expensive GOP primary in the governor's race. It's just bad basic politics, all the way around, and only an idiot like Cornyn could think this was a smart move for the NRSC.
Jimmie Bise Jr. at Sundries Shack doesn't want any of what John Cornyn is smoking.