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The Problem with the NRSC’s Crist Endorsement

Let’s dive right into this story.

Here is the list of donors to the NRSC. I encourage you to go through the list. If you see people you know, tell them how the NRSC wants their money, then wants them to shut up.

The NRSC’s endorsement of Charlie Crist is a repudiation of the base of the GOP. It is a tacit admission that the Republican Senate caucus intends to write off the majority of the Republican base in favor of a new base.

In other words: send the NRSC your money, then shut the hell up.

That is precisely why we must not send one dime to the NRSC, let alone a penny.

The NRSC and Senate Republican leadership are huddled in Washington right now privately patting each other on the back for the Crist endorsement and reassuring each other that this is just an angry backlash from unrealistic conservatives who don’t understand the dynamics of 2010 — they are the experts and we’re the noise

If they weren’t so busy in their circle of self-congratulatory pleasure at what they’ve accomplished, they’d see this is far from the truth.

Here at RedState, we understand totally and completely that there are some areas of the country a strong social conservative cannot win. And there are some areas of the country that hard core fiscal libertarian candidates cannot win.

We recognize that we must find candidates that fit their region. For example, the best the GOP can probably do in Delaware is Mike Castle. The best the GOP can do in Illinois is Mark Kirk. We encourage the NRSC and GOP to move forward there.

But, in Florida and elsewhere, the GOP has no business entering a primary when there are multiple very viable candidates involved and either candidate could win.

That the NRSC thinks Marco Rubio cannot win in Florida is a rejection of conservatism across the board as a winning set of ideas. In fact, in Florida conservatives have traditionally faired well. Ignoring the connection to his brother, Jeb Bush was far to the right of Charlie Crist and won handily in Florida. And not just Jeb.

Rubio can win and is more aligned with the majority of the Republican base in Florida than Crist, who will rely on cross over voting from Democrats and independents in the same way John McCain did to win Florida’s Presidential Primary.

But the NRSC has ignored all of that. The NRSC has decided to play favorites. And their favorites are increasingly at odds with the base of the GOP. If the NRSC wants to distance itself from the base, the base should distance itself from an NRSC that is showing increasingly bad judgment.

They can take cold comfort in thinking we’re just upset because they endorsed a liberal. The reality is we expect them to in some cases. But this case they did not have to, should not have done so, and must be made to pay a price.

Here is the list of donors to the NRSC. I encourage you to go through the list. If you see people you know, tell them how the NRSC wants their money, then wants them to shut up.

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