Florida’s Governor, Charlie Crist, has been getting some major publicity on the national scene. First, because he was one of the few Republican bright spots in 2006 – a breakwater amidst the Democratic wave.
Now a USA Today columnist, DeWayne Wickam, mentions that Gov. Crist could be the future of American politics. To be sure, it could be a case of a liberal liking a moderate Republican.
So his motivation for praising Gov. Crist could be questioned.
But I think he has a point. Charlie Crist will certainly explore national office, either the U.S. Senate or even a run for the White House. A lot depends on what happens in 2008, and Governor Crist will be among the short list for VP, and probably get a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention.
Moreover, Governor Crist will probably be re-elected in a walk in 2010. That means he will be the (very) popular governor of the 4th (or 3rd?) largest state going into the first election following a new census — one in which Florida could get 2 or even 3 more electoral votes.
If a Democrat (Clinton, Edwards, Obama, Richardson) is elected in 2008, I expect Governor Crist will run for President in 2012. If a Republican is elected (Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Gingrich, Thompson), he could take on Bill Nelson in 2012. He could also be grabbed as a Vice Presidential nominee as well – maybe not in 2008, but certainly in 2012.
If liberals keep loving him, and he doesn’t alienate the conservatives (see Mr. G’s post on PEER Review FL), then Crist will be the media darling.
His only draw back will be name recognition. Giuliani got his from 9/11 – and I don’t want Crist to get his from a disaster. But as long as he remains willing to talk to the national media, he will grow in popularity.
So, let me be among the first:
On an interesting note – charliecrist2012.com was taken by Joseph Mizerek of GrantsAlert.com, cristforpresident.com was registered by Justin Orton of Oviedo, and crist2012.com was anonymously registered by what appears to be a squatter; but charliecristforpresident.com and cristforamerica.com are both still available (as of post time). The Governor, however, will use CharlieCrist.com.