There was an interesting discussion in Bernard’s anti-Hagel post about whether or not someone’s party affiliation matters as much as someone’s stated views on policies and issues. Personally, I feel that when it comes to Congres, party affiliation is all that matters, but for cabinet nominees, I care more about policy positions. I’d take Chuck Hagel over Chuck Schumer as Secretary of Defense (or anywhere else related to foreign policy) any day.
I wonder how people feel about the related questions of embracing party switchers like Charlie Crist. I’m for taking them, as long as they aren’t ridiculous Blue Dog types (I don’t think Crist is). If Crist becomes governor as a Democrat, it sends a message to other non-crazy Republicans that they can leave the teahadists behind and still have a viable political career:
Crist would start out as the favorite in a showdown with Scott. He leads 53-39, most notably taking a whooping 29% of the Republican vote. He still has some residual appeal to Republican voters. Crist isn’t the only Democrat who could give Scott trouble for reelection though.