Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tea Time in Florida

Does Marco Rubio have a problem with some of the tea party people in Florida? Evan McMorris at TPMDC seems to think so.

Despite carrying the torch for insurgent conservatives everywhere, Rubio actually has a problem connecting with the tea parties in his home state, according to several tea partiers I spoke with yesterday. Tea partiers aren’t sold on him yet, and they’re worried he’s abandoning them now that he’s winning.


Other tea partiers say they’re worried that Rubio is abandoning them.

“There’s been a little bit of frustration that he’s become more centrist,” South Florida Tea Party Patriot leader Everett Wilkinson said. “He used to reach out to us, but now his staff won’t get back.”

“I know he has to budget his time,” Wilkinson said, “but he’s also got to take care of his base — the tea party put him where he is in the first place.”

Welcome to the real world, teabaggers. You’re going to get this from just about every candidate you back because while you have your narrow little agenda, any smart politician — and I’d say Marco Rubio is one — knows that you don’t win an election state-wide in Florida by appealing to just the base.

It’s also a matter of perspective; to say that Marco Rubio has become more “centrist” tells you a lot about where these folks are coming from. And then there’s Bud Day, last seen as a Swift Boater, who’s now endorsing Charlie Crist because Marco Rubio reminds him too much of that colored fella.

“You know, we just got through (electing) a politician who can run his mouth at Mach 1, a black one, and now we have a Hispanic who can run his mouth at Mach 1,” Day said. “You look at their track records and they’re both pretty gritty. Charlie has not got a gritty track record.”

Day confirmed he was speaking of Obama and Rubio.

“You’ve got the black one with the reading thing. He can go as fast as the speed of light and has no idea what he’s saying,” Day said. “I put Rubio in that same category, except I don’t know if he’s using one of those readers.”

And to prove that the Crist campaign is either tone-deaf or also trying to reach the antebellum base, they were very grateful for the endorsement:

“I am more than honored to have the endorsement of Colonel Bud Day,” Crist said in the release. “Colonel Day is a true American hero who has served our country well, and I could not be more grateful for his support.”

No word on whether or not Gov. Crist uses one of those reader things.