Four years ago this week, Charlie Crist was a rising star in the GOP. He was the only non-incumbent Republican to win election as governor of a large state. Two years later, the various Republican candidates for president flocked to Florida, seeking his endorsement. Some attributed the collapse of Rudy Giullani’s campaign to the Crist’s decision to endorse John McCain, a move which destroyed the former New York Mayor’s Sunshine State strategy.
Tomorrow, he may finish third in a race he entered, expecting to win in a walk. He has revealed himself a man more interested in his own advancement than in any particular ideas or initiatives.
Since that casual May 2009 e-mail announcing your candidacy for U.S. Senate, you’ve ripped apart the Florida GOP, and now it’s dividing Florida Democrats. You’ve gone from national superstar and future presidential contender to someone banished from your lifelong party and fighting for political survival.
(Read the whole thing for a Florida paper’s inside look at the fall of Crist)
Today, Marco Rubio, barely on anyone’s radar screens a year ago, has now become a rising star in the GOP. And Charlie Crist, well, I hear law firms in St. Petersburg pay former governors well.