THE VILLAGES, FLA. -- Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, once regarded as a shoo-in to become Florida's next senator, waded into a milling crowd. If his campaign had been going according to plan, his audience here on this night would have been perfect: an elderly, largely conservative Republican throng that included 82-year-old Bob Gammon, who had voted for Crist before and now had a beer in his hand and something he wanted to say.
Crist smiled and put a campaign sticker on Gammon's Hawaiian shirt.
"That hug," Gammon said.
"Oh," Crist said, immediately understanding what Gammon meant. Shortly after Barack Obama's inauguration, the new president had come to Florida to pledge federal help for this economically reeling state -- and Crist had reacted by embracing Obama on stage. "I wish you hadn't hugged him," Gammon said.
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So maybe it's time for Charlie to become a Democrat. The Democrats can establish a slightly-right-of-center group for moderate Republicans who find it is no longer acceptable in their current party to be moderate, or even talk to those on the other side of the aisle.
There is plenty of room in the Democratic Party for these reasonable people. And doors are closing on them all over the country in the Republican Party. Especially now since the Republicans have the Tea Party folks pushing them round like Hot Wheels model cars.
Yep. I have a feeling that Charlie will be far happier as a Democrat.