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Marco's millions (and what it means)

Money isn't everything in politics. But it's dang close.

Witness former state House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) remarkable $3.6 million raised for his Senate bid over the first three months of the year.

Rubio, as recently as six months ago, was seen as the decided underdog in his primary fight against popular (and well funded) Gov. Charlie Crist.

But, Crist has faltered badly in the intervening months -- primarily as he tried unsuccessful to defend his support for the economic stimulus package -- while Rubio has grown into a national conservative cause celebre. (In case you missed that development, go back and watch Rubio's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.)

The divergent political paths of Rubio and Crist can be documented neatly in the opposite arcs of their respective fundraising.

First, Rubio:
1st quarter 2009 (Jan. 1-March 31): $254,000 raised
2nd quarter 2009 (April 1-June 30): $350,000 raised
3rd quarter 2009 (July 1-Sept. 30): $1 million raised
4th quarter 2009 (Oct. 1-Dec. 31): $1.76 million raised
1st quarter 2010 (Jan. 1-March 31): $3.6 million raised

Now, Crist:
1st quarter 2009: N/A (Crist wasn't in the race)
2nd quarter 2009: $4.4 million raised
3rd quarter 2009: $2.5 million raised
4th quarter 2009: $2.1 million raised
1st quarter 2010: Not yet released

Not only has Rubio's fundraising increased in leaps and bounds -- virtually doubling itself in each of the last three reporting periods -- but in the last three months the former legislator raised more money than he did for the entire year of 2009 combined.

Crist, on the other hand, has seen a steady reduction in cash raised since he first entered the race last May. Crist's strategy of shock and awe in that second quarter of 2009 -- the first where he and Rubio went head to head -- led to a series of stories about whether (and how) Rubio should leave the race but, in hindsight, look like the governor's high water mark.

While Crist has yet to release his money numbers for the first three months of this year, it's hard to believe that if he had outraised Rubio that he wouldn't have immediately pushed those numbers out.

Fundraising speaks to a willingness on the part of supporters to put their money with their mouth is, to make an investment in a candidate. That so many people -- 51,000 total donors and an average contribution of $98 in the first quarter of this year -- are investing in Rubio suggest genune political peril for Crist.

Money equals momentum and momentum begets money. Rubio is in the sweet spot of that self-fulfilling prophecy at the moment. Crist must find a way -- and find it quickly -- to disrupt that momentum. But, Rubio's massive cash haul over the past 90 days complicates that effort. Badly.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2010; 2:49 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Here is a much better question about what ifs for Christ:

What if he decides to find a new political party to join, like the Whigs? Would that give them instant creds and start them on the possible road to replacing the republican party as the second political party in the U.S.?

Posted by: ceflynline | April 8, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Decided to apply the Most important number test, Contested incumbent Republicans division to Florida.

The R's are in deep trouble. With the FILING deadline for the August primary still two months away incumbent R's have, or are getting , LOTS of R challengers, (If Politics 1 is listing qualified challengers) or if the listed challengers are R's out trying to qualify.

When your incumbents draw that many challengers it seems that they can't depend on their base AT all. Jeees, some of them seem to have their entire base running against them, and OMG, the WHIGSA are out in force, to.

If the R incumbents are that disliked in FLORIDA, it is a real bad time acomin' nationwide.

From such considerations, don't put ANY faith in any poll with less than 3000 respondents, because you need enough willing respondents to figure out how tha NonDnonR voters will break to judge the election, and polls of 1000 respondents or so treat the ordinarily statistically minor 10% or so that don't or won't decide, or really are Greens or Libertarians, or now Ts, (and HOW do you ID a T in a poll, since they don't yet ID themselves that way?).

If the T-s stay mad and run their own, the R's are in for a drubbing, and it wouldn't be all that unlikely that the Dems gain 20 or more seats in the House and win all 33 Senate races.

The T's are a political tornado, and they primarily strike Republican trailer parks.

Posted by: ceflynline | April 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Crist has been tearing Rubio down as of late and accussing him as using his overnight popularity with conservatives as a self serving politician. That label seems to be sticking, even among Florida Republicans. On 03/09, Rubio lead Crist in a primary 60%-26%. On 03/18 Rubio leads 48%-37%. Crist went on the attack and Rubio's popularity plummeted by 12% and Crist rose 11% in the polls. With as much money as Crist has and with as angry as Rubio's supporters are, this will be a great and close primary until the August vote. Great primary and likely the #1 primary on the Line until the end of the primary season. I suspect this month that the Democratic Senate primary and Kentucky Senate primary will be close behind.

Posted by: reason5 | April 8, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The Obama people started commenting on everything everyone says on this blog. Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 10:11 PM

By "Obama People" I assume you mean the 69.5 million Americans who voted for Obama? That means we get 10 million more postings here than the "McCain People." Cool.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 8, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

As Obama continues his soft on terror policies, another shoe-bomber tried to bomb a plane tonight - a United plane from DC to Denver.

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He was a tobacco addict sneaking a smoke in the john you hysterical idiot.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 8, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Back off topic:

You really want to read and post here from an iPad. It's easier than ever to pass over posts by 37th and all the zouk monikers.

I nurture hope that the Post replaces Cillizza with someone more intellectually and morally grounded (and whose biases are not so disqualifyingly glaring) and institutes moderation that consigns the trolls to their own little sandbox nobody else reads, but I believe this to be a daydream.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 8, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

The interview with Crist and Rubio was alternately revealing and disappointing. Crist appeared embattled as he attempted to explain his acceptance of federal stimulus money in order to meet Florida's payroll but Rubio did not leave a warm and fuzzy impression by mechanically repeating his memorized talking points ad nauseum.

Posted by: Galasso | April 8, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Florida, Arizona and Nevada all have terrible local economies and high foreclosures some of the worst in the country and states with the most volatile political climates. Rubio is simply reflecting the anger of Floridians over tough economic times and nothing more the same exact spot both McCain and Reid find themselves.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 7, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

what a sad and pathetic place this blog is at night -- home for the homeless. where the losers all hang together, for lack of having anything else to do... sick.

Posted by: drindl | April 7, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

NEWS ALERT


As Obama continues his soft on terror policies, another shoe-bomber tried to bomb a plane tonight - a United plane from DC to Denver.


So much for if we elected a black, the world would immediately throw down their arms and seek peace.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Meek will get few votes outside of his haitian Liberty City, Floriduh congressional district that he inherited from his mama.


He will not even get a majority of the democrat votes much less any independent or republican support.....


The dems need to concentrate their moneys on other winnable races....


Meek could not beat Uncle Joe Stalin in a statewide race in Floriduh.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 7, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse


If Obama starts to push a VAT tax - and starts to back off the CBO numbers for his health care program - that will definitely be an impeachable offense.


Obama went in front of Congress and said the health care bill would be paid for.

If Obama jammed through an ENRON-style set of accounting tricks - and then lies about it - that is impeachable.


Hey, this is out of control with Obama's taxes.


And it would be horrible for the economy - the recession would be long and deep.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Fairlington


The Obama people started commenting on everything everyone says on this blog.

You can even take a look at the blogs from 2008 if you do not remember.

Yea, well, broadwayjoe does the exact same thing day in and day out

Sorry, but the other side is going to be heard.

I realize the Obama people just want their side out there - no matter how out-of-touch that side is - but that is not going to happen.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

crist should run as a democrat

because crist is far too liberal to be a conservative republican

crist--worthless

Posted by: praetorian-guard | April 7, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It's just a variation on cyber bullying, Joe. But hey, if the Post is jiggley with it, that's the rules of the game.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 7, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

NOW Obama is about to leave the country - so they are floating the idea of a NATIONAL SALES TAX.


OBAMA got his health care plan - never saying how he was going to PAY for it.


All the time, Obama said the health care plan was PAID FOR. Obama LIED IN FRONT OF CONGRESS. This is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.

OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

NOW Obama is about to leave the country - so they are floating the idea of a NATIONAL SALES TAX.


OBAMA got his health care plan - never saying how he was going to PAY for it.


All the time, Obama said the health care plan was PAID FOR. Obama LIED IN FRONT OF CONGRESS. This is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.

OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED


OBAMA LIED.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid had about 100 people at his kick off rally.

Bachmann looks to have tens of thousands.

Who are the fringe kooks?

Taxed enough already?

Of course. Anyone with an inkling of a brain can see it.

Posted by: Moonbat | April 7, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

No, 37, I didn't get it the first 23 times you posted it. Would you say again?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 7, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"Virginia Delegate Kenneth Alexander, chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, said the governor's proclamation was offensive.

It "offered a disturbing revision of the Civil War and the brutal era that followed," Alexander, a Democrat, said in a written statement. "Virginia has worked hard to move beyond the very things for which Gov. McDonnell seems nostalgic.""

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 7, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Obambi fiddles while

kyrzakstan burns
Iran gets nukes
Iraq stumbles
Russia gains parity
Korea flexes it's nukes
Israel can go to h ell
India fumes
britian is spurned

no experience is really showing bad.

Posted by: Moonbat | April 7, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe writes:


This guy flew under false colors and has now been found out.


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Aren't you talking about Obama ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe writes:


This guy flew under false colors and has now been found out.


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Aren't you talking about Obama ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Crist is toast! Florida has seen his skills first hand and they ain't happy!!!Ever since Crist started his phony attack adds the bottom has fallen out.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | April 7, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe writes

This guy flew under false colors and has now been found out.


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You sure you are not talking about Obama???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I guess another thing to think about is how much Rubio and Crist are getting from actual voters. If Rubio is like Doug Hoffman who raised a lot of money, but next to nothing from actual voters in the district. That might be troublesome for him.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 7, 2010 3:43 PM


Rubio itemized his donations on his web site. His average donation in Q1 was almost $100 per donor. So far, he's had over 51,000 donors. That's pretty good in these tough times. Rubio is not Doug Hoffman.

http://voterubio2010.blogspot.com/2010/04/marco-rubio-raises-stunning-36-million.html

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 7, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This guy flew under false colors and has now been found out. He was lucky he ran for governor against such a flawed opponent (Deeds).

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 7, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

37, don't you have a rock to throw off a highway overpass?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 7, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

BWJ, one of the big concerns with McDonnell is that he had this thesis and was actively trying to impliment it as a legislator. He ran away from it during the campaign. The question was whether this newfound moderation would stick. I don't know much about his policies, but this proclamation does provide some insight into his mind.

That being said, how does he NOT see a backlash? What made him think "hey, Imma declare this month Confederate History Month and everyone is going to be cool with it."

I can understand him saying something like "People are going to be pissed, but I'm sticking to my guns because I feel this is important." But the fact that he backpedaled on this indicates that he thought everyone would just be fine and dandy.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 7, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

NOW can we bring back Robert E. Lee's Birthday ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for catching me up, dd.

Seems like Ms. Johnson was looking like a useful fool when Mac came out with his slavery-denial proclamantion. She then issued a blistering condemnation of Mac's statement and no doubt privately read him the riot act. I still think his dreams of the WH are officially over...Gone With the Wind.

"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind... "

Yeah, right, Mac. Keep dreamin' and say hi to Miss Scarlett.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 7, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


You got your words in your proclamation on the piece of paper in Richmond -


Does that make you feel better?

Or do you still hate everyone ?

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


You got your words in your proclamation on the piece of paper in Richmond -


Does that make you feel better?

Or do you still hate everyone ?

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Are you actually complaining that someone ran as a moderate and is doing something different once in office?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

dd, as I understand it, while Mac ran as a moderate, he has close ties with the neo-confederate groups in the state and you know what that means. Unwisely, he had made a commitment during the campaign to do this craziness for one of those groups. This takes him out of the running for 2012 and probably beyond.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 7, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


Obama doesn't have a pattern of doing stupid things?

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/04/mcdonnell_backpedals_on_confed.html

McDonnell backpedals on Confederate History Month.

It just brings up the question.

Dude, how did you THINK people would react to this???

I haven't really been following McDonnell since the election and this one thing alone doesn't mean anything, but it is really, really stupid. If it's part of a pattern, then yeah, it's pretty bad for Virginia.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 7, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

OK the Union lost 364,511 soldiers in battle and by disease. Isn't that enough for you?

How in the world can words on a paper compare to that sacrifice???


Or are you just looking to hate someone, stir up the pot ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


Is your position that there should be a black history month, and a Martin Luther King day, but there should be no Confederate History Month.

Isn't slavery pretty much covered by Martin Luther King day and black history month ????


A million Americans died in the Civil War, freeing the slaves, is that not enough for you ???


Do words on a paper in Richmond make that much of a difference compared to the Union Soldiers who died ???


Or are you just looking for an excuse to hate someone ????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Do you have a point - or do you just hate ??

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Do you have a point - or do you just hate ??

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Do you have a point - or do you just hate ??

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The article states "Not only has Rubio's fundraising increased in leaps and bounds -- virtually doubling itself in each of the last three reporting periods -- but in the last three months the former legislator raised more money than he did for the entire year of 2009 combined."

The latter is necessarily true if the former is. In any sequence that doubles every period, the value in the last period must be equal to or larger than the total of all previous periods. Think of the sequence 1, 2, 4, ... Truncate it wherever you want. The final value will be N, the previous ones, N/2, N/4, etc. Saying that the final one is greater than the sum of the previous is equivelent to saying N > N/2 + N/4 + N/8, ... or 1 > 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8, which is clearly true.

Posted by: rickedelson | April 7, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Re what reads like a cut-and-paste from a press release about Marco's fundraising--whatever.
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Pardon the interruption with some WASHINGTON area news. This is the Washington Post, not the Miami Herald, isn't it?

No fewer than FOUR Fix coworkers at the Post have written about the local outrage over Va. Governor's Bob McDonnell's proclamation declaring April as "Confederate History Month." As if that's not bad enough, Mac's proc makes no mention of a kinda important Civil War fact: slavery. Turns out our governor is a slavery denier! (Does that trump the Holocaust deniers? Just askin'.)

Fix coworker Colbert King on this REAL controversy:

"Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to recognize April as Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth is within his rights as governor. He also is at liberty to word the proclamation any way he wants. But he cannot change the history of that shameful era in American life.

The governor's proclamation makes no mention of slavery. Instead, he speaks about the "sacrifices of Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the Civil War." My great grandfather and his siblings also lived in the area of Culpeper, Virginia in the 1800s. They weren't citizens or soldiers, however. They were slaves. They are a matter of record -- listed by name as property of a white Culpeper County family -- in the Culpeper County courthouse."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/04/bob_mcdonnell_cant_change_virg.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Mac's biggest (probably and only) black supporter, billionaire Sheila Johnson has publicly condemned Mac's slavery-denial statement, and there's already growing talk of a business/tourism boycott of Virginia.

Is Fort Sumter safe?

Now back to "Marco's millions (and what it means)."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 7, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

NOW Obama is about to leave the country - so they are floating the idea of a NATIONAL SALES TAX.

OBAMA got his health care plan - never saying how he was going to PAY for it.

All the time, Obama said the health care plan was PAID FOR. Obama LIED IN FRONT OF CONGRESS. This is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.


OBAMA LIED

OBAMA LIED

OBAMA LIED

OBAMA LIED

OBAMA LIED.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of starting a pool on when El Marco's extramarital adventures become public knowledge . . .

Posted by: misterjrthed | April 7, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Please Florida, elect Mark Rubio. There will be one of two consequences--either of them not too bad for the Nation.

First, it will be the harbinger of other primary victories by the wingnuts which will result in the crushing of the Republican Party at the polls this November. Who knows, maybe by 2012 we could have 17-Republican Senators just like during the Great Depression.

If this is not the case and the Fascists living primarily in the South and a few other isolated pockets of enlightenment like Utah or Idaho somehow get control of government then the second possibility kicks in. We can have a real revolution which would make this Tea Party look like a tea party. People tired of standing in soup lines like the ones the Republicans subjected us to in 1929 will start burning down banks and the churches of these coiffed haired hypocrite preachers who are the running dogs of oligarchic corporations that are running this country. There wouldn't even be a Franklin D. Roosevelt to save these jerks this time. We could replace the slogan drill baby drill with burn baby burn. A good place to start would be the local Chamber of Commerce offices.

The Republican party is a strange mix. It used to be the members of the country club and those who want to be members of the country club. But to win elections they realized that they need evangelicals, racists and the just plain ignorant and selfish. Is this the coalition we need to run the country? If your answer is yes, vote for Mark Rubio.

Posted by: explorers100 | April 7, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"Money can't buy you love -- but in a corrupt system, it can buy you seat in Congress." -- old progressive adage


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IS AN OMAMA 'TRUE JUSTICE SQUAD' QUIETLY WORKING TO RESTORE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS?

Is an Eric Holder DOJ "True Justice Squad" keeping book on rogue Bush holdovers across the bureaucracy...

as some Bushie leave-behinds continue to oversee secret multi-agency programs of covert microwave torture, police-protected vigilante harassment, and financial sabotage of extrajudicially and unjustly "targeted" American citizens...

...many targeted for their politics, activism, or ethnic background?

Vic Livingston reports -- see latest comments to:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 7, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon one and all. Come November, vote Democrat!

Posted by: hoser3 | April 7, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah cef, seems to me this SofaKingCool2009 cracker could see snow drifts in July, right there on South Beach if Crist runs as an I. He may not have money momentum, but he has an awful lot in the bank. He isn't going away.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 7, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan


Are you going to practice your goose-step too ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 7, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

the Arizona Economy is truly depressed and there appears from folks I have spoken to in Phoenix, zero interest in politics or McCain's campaign in particular.
If Harry Reid is in trouble due to Nevada's economic problems, the same may be said for McCain here in Arizona. That(economic worries) more than anything specifically being done by Rubio is the reason for his current front runner status in Florida. It is likely that Fla voters are directly blaming Crist .economic woes just as in other economically depressed states.

Posted by: leichtman1

Just to show you that interest when Palin shows up to endorse him, one of the voter was asked her reason for being there? It was Palin not McCain.

Many of the races will be decided on the basis of the economic worries. For example Bennett is up for re-election in CO and his sister tried to run for local office and was asked by voters if she will support her brother which she replied "yes" and that ended her run for office because they did not choose her.

Bennett on the other hand is worried that he will be tossed out despite Orin Hatch's support by arguing that if bank rescue did not happened, we would have been in a depression.

IMO, Rubio is capitalizing on the voter anger (just like others around the country) by pointing out Crist's support for the stimulus and the "hug" (I have seen the ads myself)however when asked by David Frum last year specifically what he would have done, he gave a non-committal answer by saying he does not have the budget in front of him which amounts to hogwash because he can pull it up for himself to point it out but he chose not to.
His argument that he "never raised taxes" is full of holes and lies. Here's the link http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2009/nov/25/marco-rubio/battle-out-conservative-charlie-crist-marco-rubio-/

Posted by: beeker25 | April 7, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Rubio's success leads th this thought:

Most important number in Politics today:

In Ohio, 2 and 2. That is the number of republican Incumbents in safe districts up against primary challenges from the Right, and number of non incumbents who don't have primary challengers in the Republican primary, respectively. Ohio's 4th and 14th have Republican incumbents Jim Jordan and Steve Latourette who don't have Repuiblican primary opposition, according to Politics !, a guide to Ohio Politics, and in District 1 Steve Chabot, the former incumbent, and in district 11 Matt Brakey don't have Republican challenges for the Primary.

Lots of names running for Libertarian ticket, and lots of names in the R Primaries.

The dems, by way of contrast, aren't quite as pressuerd.

If this is so in Ohio, and if the Dissent in the R's bleeds over to the general election, the DEMS could gain several to many seats from OHIO!!

How does it play out across the rest of the country?

Posted by: ceflynline | April 7, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

why would anyone who isn't a big corproatioin support Rubio? He's consistantly only helped out the extremely weathly and the powerful, over the citizens who elected him in the first place

Posted by: newagent99 | April 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

the Arizona Economy is truly depressed and there appears from folks I have spoken to in Phoenix, zero interest in politics or McCain's campaign in particular. If Harry Reid is in trouble due to Nevada's economic problems, the same may be said for McCain here in Arizona. Being from Texas it is hard to relate to the economic woes felt by those here in Arizona. That(economic worries) more than anything specifically being done by Rubio is the reason for his current front runner status in Florida. It is likely that Fla voters are directly blaming Crist for their economic woes just as in other economically depressed states. It truly seems like the local econmic situation will be the barometer that will measure the election outcome in that state imho.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 7, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Of course, bondosan... not a surprise at all, is it? we know where these folks take their inspiration.

Posted by: drindl | April 7, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

you tards listen to me and listen good......there will be snow drifts 6 feet tall on 4th of july on south beach before the state of floriduh elects Meek.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 7, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Any idea how much of Rubio's $3.6 million is helping fund the former First Lady of the Florida House of Representatives?
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/01/1507439/marco-rubios-luxuries-are-just.html

Posted by: GordonsGirl | April 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Any idea how much of Rubio's $3.6 million is helping fund the former First Lady of the Florida House of Representatives?
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/01/1507439/marco-rubios-luxuries-are-just.html

Posted by: GordonsGirl | April 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

This is completely off-topic, but have you noticed how Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's proclamation celebrating Confederate History Month is virtually identical to the one out of the German President's Office?

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Nazi History Month

WHEREAS, September is the month in which the people of Germany joined the Axis Powers in a six year global war that concluded in Berlin and Tokyo; and

WHEREAS, Germany has long recognized its Nazi history, the numerous World War II battlefields that mark every region of the state, the leaders and individuals in the Army, Navy and at home who fought for their homes and communities and Fatherland in a time very different than ours today; and

WHEREAS, it is important for all Germans to reflect upon our Fatherland’s shared history, to understand the sacrifices of the Nazi leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of World War II, and to recognize how our history has led to our present; and

WHEREAS, Nazi historical sites such as the Reichstag are open for people to visit in Berlin today; and

WHEREAS, all Germans can appreciate the fact that when ultimately overwhelmed by the insurmountable numbers and resources of the Allied Powers, the surviving, imprisoned and injured Nazi soldiers gave their word and allegiance to either the Federal Republic of Germany or the German Democratic Republic, and returned to their homes and families to rebuild their communities in peace, following the unconditional surrender of Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, Reich President; and

WHEREAS, this defining chapter in Germany’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Germans, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Fatherland prepares to welcome all of Europe and the world to visit Germany for the Diamond Anniversary of the beginning of World War II, a period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Horst Köhler, do hereby recognize September 2010 as NAZI HISTORY MONTH in our FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if it means anything that Meek is getting this money despite not having a primary challenge.

Chris makes a very good point about money representing a commitment from voters. That's why self-funded candidates don't do that well. They don't get that commitment. I don't know this, but I'm willing to bet that getting a donation from a voter means that the vote is virtually locked in. I can't imagine giving money to a candidate and then voting for someone else without a VERY good reason.

I guess another thing to think about is how much Rubio and Crist are getting from actual voters. If Rubio is like Doug Hoffman who raised a lot of money, but next to nothing from actual voters in the district. That might be troublesome for him.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 7, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

With veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill — and a veto of SB 6 — a path emerges for Crist’s independent bid.

http://bit.ly/d9QCqG

Posted by: saintpetersblog | April 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, K Meek raised $4.7m in the '09 4th quarter and it will be interesting to see what he got in the first '10 quarter, very interesting. It needs to be going up, for the reasons CC 'splained.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 7, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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