Oct 12th, 2010
by F. Grey Parker
An open letter to Kendrick Meek,
All you have to do is bow out. Throw your support to Charlie Crist as the next senator from the great state of Florida. There is every reason to do so. The only arguments against it are partisan, petty and perhaps personal.
With you in the race, Marco Rubio will almost certainly win. If Crist were to drop out, you still can't win. Consider the impact of Rubio representing your core constituents. Really, think about it. The supporters that are doggedly behind you and your philosophies are the ones who will be least listened to and most threatened by this slick and smarmy star of the new Know-Nothings; The Tea Party.
Picture a U.S. Senate with Marco Rubio. Make an objective analysis of Rubio's judgement, his affiliations and his rhetoric.
Now consider the grim truth; Only by ending your bid to defeat him, might he be defeated.
There will be short term blow-back within the establishment of the Florida democratic party. There will be some grass-roots disenchantment. This is where you can demonstrate true magnanimity. Make a simple announcement that you do it for the people. It is a declaration you would be making truthfully . Eventually, even the very disappointed will come to see the move as smart and pragmatic. It would be.
Taking such an action would grant you a level of political capital that you can't possibly achieve as a junior senator. Think what you can accomplish with that capital.
Or you can do the obvious. The expected. The ordinary. You can choose not to exit the race for a greater good. And, if you choose not to do so, you can start shopping for Mr. Rubio's greeting card. You know, the one you can send on November 3rd that says, "You're Welcome."