It's a tad telling that McCain supporter and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is absolutely beside himself when it comes to helping seat his state's Democratic delegates. Of course Gov. Crist, who has been mentioned in the press as a possible vice presidential choice for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), would rather see Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) as the Democratic nominee. He's no dummy.
Appearing on This Week Sunday morning, Crist said, "The Democratic National Committee should come to the common-sense conclusion that the right thing to do is to honor that vote, recognize that vote, and seat those delegates." I wasn't aware that we'd given Republican governors (who support Republican candidates in the general election) a voice in the Democratic Party's nomination process. My, aren't we inclusive?
Even Rush Limbaugh got into the action last week, asking his listeners to vote for Hillary Clinton to hurt Barack Obama. It worked in Texas, where over 600,000 self-identified conservatives voted in the Democratic primary. They were Clinton's strongest ideological group, and she carried them by 10 points. David Weigel makes a strong case over at Reason magazine that Rush may have delivered Texas to Hillary.
So: Hillary has expanded her base from older white women to older white women and Republicans planning to vote for McCain in November. Now that's a winning coalition!
From The Hill's Pundit Blog.