The Corner

Does Crist Fit?

Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who faces his own primary challenge from the right, says yes:

Sen. John McCain on Sunday joined a cast of former presidential candidates and high-ranking Republicans to weigh in on Florida’s August GOP senatorial primary between Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.

“I hope that Charlie Crist will remain a Republican,” McCain said.

. . . Crist threw his support to McCain in Florida’s 2008 presidential primary. McCain won the primary and Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the presidential race the next day.

Here’s Rich’s take:

Switching parties because he fears losing a primary, a primary he said he was committed to seeing through to the end, would only make Crist’s chief vulnerability worse. No one — conservative, liberal, or in between — likes an opportunist, and Crist would have established himself as one beyond any argument. He’d be Arlen Specter, except without a party.

McCain, for his part, now leads former GOP congressman J.D. Hayworth by five points, 47 percent to 42 percent, according to a Rasmussen poll released on Friday.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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