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Meek demands Crist reveal position on Kagan

Now this could get interesting: I'm told that Dem Senate candidate Kendrick Meek is about to call on Charlie Crist to reveal whether he'd vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Crist, intriguingly, has not said anything substantial about Kagan since her nomination was announced some 72 hours ago. Meek immediately released a statement strongly supporting the choice; Marco Rubio has come out and said he's got serious concerns about her.

Crist came out against Sonia Sotomayor back when he was still a Republican. But he's now running as an independent, meaning he needs some Dem votes to prevail. So Meek is about to send out a statement demanding Crist reveal where he stands on Kagan:

"Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio stood together to oppose Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Will they stand together again opposing Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination?"

This could put Crist in an awkward spot. Now that he's an indy, conventional wisdom holds that he needs to win both Dems and Repubicans, in addition to independents, to prevail. If he comes out against Kagan, it gives Meek an issue against Crist in their battle over Dem votes. If he comes out for Kagan, it could cost him Republicans to Rubio.

Crist could try to defer the decision, pending confirmation hearings. But that will likely irk both sides, and even so, eventually he'll have to declare a position one way or the other. After all, U.S. Senators have to vote either Yes or No on a SCOTUS nominee. It's an issue where, in the end, there's no middle ground.

I've asked the Crist campaign for his position on Kagan and will update you when I hear back.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 13, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Jeepers, this is getting absurd.

Many on the left don't like Kagan because they're convinced she's more conservative than Stevens. Many on the right don't like her because they're convinced she's Earl Warren reincarnated. And both sides seem to think that she SHOULD have preconceptions about how she will rule. Isn't that what a hearing is for? To look at the evidence and precedent, and then decide how to rule?

Same issue applies to Senators. Aren't they supposed to wait for the confirmation hearings before they decide how they'll vote? Sure, that clown Inhofe has already said he'll vote against her, but is that really the direction we should be heading in?

Crist should say he'll wait until the confirmation hearings before he makes up his mind. That's what they're all supposed to do, no matter how warm and fuzzy the opposite might make the base.

Posted by: CTVoter | May 13, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

All 3 of these guys won't have a vote any way right? She'll be confirmed before the election, can't Christ just say that?

Posted by: obrier2 | May 13, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Crist could say that, but I still think this is good move on Meek's part. Yes, it's a hypothetical, but it touches upon a real issue, and one at least some Dem. voters in Florida will care about.

Posted by: akaoddjob | May 13, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

This move can only help Rubio.

Posted by: sbj3 | May 13, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Crist hires his sister Margaret Wood to run statewide, multi-million $ campaign.

Posted by: saintpetersblog | May 13, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Up until last year I lived in Florida for 15 years. I never did trust Crist. He was always an opportunist who based his "core beliefs" on what he thought would help him politically. His recent revelation that he needed to run as an independent "for the people" was as transparent as glass, and keeping entirely within character.
Don't expect this weasel to take any meaningful position on Kagan anytime soon.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | May 13, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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