Florida GOP Abandoning McCain

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    Florida Republicans cast blame as McCain trails in polls | MiamiHerald.com

    John McCain's plunging poll numbers in Florida have top Republicans second-guessing and starting to distance themselves from the campaign.
    BY MARY ELLEN KLAS AND MARC CAPUTO
    meklas@MiamiHerald.com
    For the first time in more than a decade, Florida Republicans are considering the almost unthinkable: Their presidential nominee could lose the state.

    The economy, an unpopular president, a strong opponent, and the inability of John McCain to reverse poll numbers despite repeatedly revising his strategy has top state Republicans looking for someone to blame.

    ''There are a lot of folks who have never been in a foxhole before and are clearly nervous,'' said Brian Ballard, a major McCain fundraiser. ``There is some finger-pointing going on a little bit too soon.''

    Even Gov. Charlie Crist, who helped deliver Florida for McCain during the primary, said he will spend the final weeks before Election Day minding the state's weak economy rather than campaigning for the Arizona senator.

    ''When I have time to help, I'll try to do that,'' Crist said last week, after he flew around the state with McCain running mate Sarah Palin. Saturday, he skipped a McCain football rally and instead went to Disney World.

    Once considered a potential running mate, Crist had pledged to do all he could for McCain and spent several days this summer campaigning for the Republican nominee in and outside Florida. He faults the tough economic times for McCain's difficult time in Florida, where he trails rival Barack Obama by about 5 percentage points in the polls.

    No Republican has won the White House in modern times without carrying Florida. The last to lose the state was McCain's former colleague, Sen. Bob Dole, in 1996. Some Republicans say the state party hasn't done enough, while others blame McCain's national campaign.
     
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    Mmmm - yeah, and I saw another article today where they think (in Wis or Minn) that McCain's slipping may be beginning to hurt other (lower ticket) races for the GOP....
     
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    Of course McCain is to blame. Though neoconservatives have hijacked the Republican Party, they still don't have a majority. Let's all hope that the Republicans have such a bad loss in November that they'll be forced to return to their conservative roots.
     
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    That would be nice.
     
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    If they did, maybe we could actually have some dialogue on these boards.:clap2:

    Right now, it just amounts to "so's your mother."
     
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    that would be good for everyone IMO.

    The Republican party needs to do everything they can to cut the cancer that is the neo-conservative motive from their party.
     
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    The FL vote will go where McCain asked, indirectly, but straitforward. They'll vote for the messiah, Obama.
     
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    That's what what was said after the GOP got blown out in 2006.

    It didn't happen. Cons spent the next 18 months defending George Dumbya Bush to the hilt, and really only fully tossed him overboard in the last couple months.

    The GOP is getting more fanatical, not less. Moderate republicans and liberal republicans are a dying breed.

    All that's left in the republican party is the hard core nutbag base: the ones who yell "Kill 'em!", "Bomb Obama!" and "Traitor!" at national political rallies. The NeoCons and the religious right dominate the party. Do you really think a moderate republican (the few that are left) can win a national GOP nomination? I don't. Why do you think McCain was forced to pick the ultra-rightwing theocrat Sarah Palin?
     
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    I don't agree, I think that over the past eight years as the moderate conservatives have come face to face with 6000-year old earth believers and end-time believers and the results of having this sort of president and the result of choosing this sort of vice pres running mate --- I think they see what a failed tactic it is. They'll move back to the center and the far right will have to vote for them as the lesser of two evils (moderate over liberal) and they'll regain some of the middle. Thankfully, if it happens.
     
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