I know I make a big deal about names all the time, but if anyone should know what a pain in the keister the wrong kind of name can be in the world of politics, it's me. I know I said I had a 50-state strategy, but I was never so naive that I thought I had a chance in West Virginia. Not with a name like Barack Obama. Democrats already have a bad (and sadly deserved) reputation for being pushovers. A guy on the ticket named Meek has an uphill battle already. What's he gonna do when his increased name recognition reveals that he's black? I do not envy that guy, not for one second. Sure, there are more registered Democrats in Florida today than there were last year, but Meek's gotta grab a demographic that trends just somewhere north of ancient. A lot of those people probably had "colored" servants growing up and now he has to convince them that he ought to represent them in Congress.
Meanwhile, the GOP had a teacher-loving champion with a name that was one letter shy of the most popular demi-god on the planet. That was not gonna bode well for anyone looking to make Florida a blue state. That's why I made a clandestine journey down to Miami where I arranged a meeting with Crist and his beard, Carole. We had some nosh, talked about maybe renting a fishing boat for a half day, commented on the beautiful weather. You know, usual Florida small talk. Oh, and I also paid him an immodest sum of freshly minted bills to immediately cease being a Republican. The guy drives a hard bargain. I was sure the amount I brought with me would have convinced him to be a soft Democrat but it was only fuel enough to get him to confirmed Independent. Oh, well.
I was a bit disappointed, but then Michelle pointed something out to me. Charlie Crist has a higher than expected chance of winning that Senate seat as an Independent. His Republican opponent is buddy-buddy with the Tea Party, so he's no threat, and we've already talked about Meek. I think it's pretty clear that the Democrats will never push the GOP out of the game, but a strong Independent presence just might do the trick. All told, Crist might have been doing me a favor. Call me an idealist (wouldn't be the first time), but Charlie Crist might actually care about America.