Earlier this week, the intrigue surrounding the Florida Senate race involved Bill Clinton’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering to get Kendrick Meek out of the race. Now, it turns out, Charlie Crist was behind the whole thing – and tried to seal the deal by offering a cross as a gift.
Though 2010 is not a good year to have details of back-room political deals come out on the weekend before election day, Meek was so far out of the race it didn’t figure to hurt him. But the inclusion of Crist in this bizarre dance – and his odd choice of Christian imagery – may just seal the deal on the race. Rubio enjoys a near-20 point advantage in most polls, and has been trending up since August.
The question now becomes whether the stench of political horsetrading (especially with America’s honorary “first black President” trying to convince a black candidate to stand aside so a well-tanned-but-still-white candidate could defeat a Latino) will depress turnout among Democrats on Tuesday.