Democrat hypocrisy watch
The Democratic National Committee wasted no time Friday slamming Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida for installing a Republican crony in the Senate as a seat warmer until Mr. Crist can run for the post himself next year.It should also be noted that the Democrats are trying to game the system in replacing Kennedy now. Baker also notes that Biden used a similar arrangement for his replacement after being elected Vice President.
Within hours of Mr. Crist’s appointment of his former chief of staff, George LeMieux, to fill a vacant seat until next year’s election, the D.N.C. sent reporters an e-mail message highlighting a St. Petersburg Times editorial assailing the decision under the headline, “Crist Serves Himself, Not Florida, With Appointment.”
“Gov. Charlie Crist could have appointed a former congressman, a former legislator, a former Jacksonville mayor, a former state attorney general, or even a former U.S.attorney to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez,” the editorial said. “Instead, the governor chose his alter ego to keep the seat warm for 16 months as he campaigns for it.”As questionable as that may be, it might seem like a strange thing for the D.N.C. to complain about at the very moment Democrats around the country were mourning the death of their spiritual leader, Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. After all, Mr. Kennedy got to the Senate through circumstances pretty much like those that the D.N.C. now disdains in Florida.
I suspect that the DNC will not even blush with embarrassment at being caught, but kudos to Baker for pointing it out.