Charlie's off to D.C.! Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will be announcing Tuesday that he will be running for the Senate, according to a source close to the governor, giving Republicans their most high-profile recruit of the 2010 election cycle.
Crist's decision puts Republicans in strong position to hold onto the seat held by retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) Crist holds high approval ratings among both Republicans and Democrats, according to statewide polling, and has forged a moderate governing style that has won him widespread support.
After patching together a budget propped up by Obamabucks Charlie is going to be long gone two years from now when the bill comes due. Charlie will be pulling a McCain, showing up on the Today Show bad mouthing his party while getting his fanny kissed by Meredith Viera.
He will be in the Senate prepping for his presidential run when the Florida budget goes to H-E-double hockey sticks. All he needs is a stooge like Huckabee to draw votes away from challengers on his right (like Huck did for McCain in 2008). Crist vs. Obama in 2012. I'm sure that thrills us all.