The impetus for the latest Politico article about the Florida senate race must have gone something like this: "Hey, you know that Jeff Greene guy who's spending $40 million to buy the Democratic Senate nomination -- he's kind of creepy with a bit of a shady background, right? And Charlie Crist is getting kind of popular with Democrats, huh? You think we could call up enough Democratic sources in the state to make it seem like the Democratic establishment might line up behind Crist if Greene beats that Kendrick Meek guy? Let's give it a try."
Sunshine State Democrats are beginning to consider the increasingly realistic prospect that their nominee might be a "meltdown mogul" -- one who collects erotic art, had Mike Tyson serve as his best man, and once hosted "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss as a house guest.
Faced with such an awkward possibility, many influential Democrats indicated that supporting Crist -- who has quickly moved leftward since leaving the GOP -- or just remaining quiet would be the better of the unenviable options.
Politco talked to several sources to indicate that if Greene beats establishment pick Kendrick Meek in the primary, some party members might be more comfortable supporting newly independent Charlie Crist, even in the most tacit of senses.
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"If polls indicate that Greene is down by 20 points, then Crist becomes more attractive because then, at least, you stop Rubio and extremism," Broward County Democratic chairman and former state Democratic chairman Mitch Ceasar tells the site.
"It will be tempting to endorse Crist," says an anonymous Democratic congressmen.
Though Miami-based fundraiser Chris Korge gives a quote that indicates some people might see Meek only as a tool to get the African-American base to vote, which could help the Dems in the gubernatorial and other races: "Korge added that the defeat of Meek, who is African-American, could depress black turnout, which is key for the gubernatorial hopes of Democrat Alex Sink."
So basically, Dems want the guy who'll be a tool to lure black voters, not the guy who is just a plain old tool.