I wonder if John McCain was whispering into Charlie Crist’s ear yesterday. Or if the Florida governor just has some natural political savvyâ€”as well as regard for his state’s finances. I just read that the GOP presidential nominee was campaigning with Crist yesterday in the Sunshine State.
Yesterday, before RealClearPolitics linked me to that Miami Herald article, I watched the governor tell Wolf Blitzer on CNN that of course, he would accommodate the Democrats if they wanted to “do-over” their Florida primary, just so long as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) pays for the re-vote. Maybe he was aware that the DNC “ended 2007 nearly flat broke.” The Republican governor reminded te reporter of his responsibility to balance the state’s budget.
But, the CNN correspondent contended, if you had another primary, you’d generate a “surge” of revenue with all those reporters and campaign aides trekking into the state–not to mention the advertising.
Does Wolf have such a limited understanding of economics that he assumed that money would go into the state’s coffers? He tossed around figures about the cost of the primary and the revenue it would generate, but didn’t even try to estimate how much of that revenue would end up in the state’s coffers. Or whether the amount of money the state gained would offset the expense of the primary.
In any case, the good governor held his ground. And he’s right. His state shouldn’t have to pay for the Democrats’ mistakes. If they want to fix their Florida (and Michigan) problem, let them pay for it.