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Is Charlie Crist 'angry' enough to win Republican primary?

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January

OT_258710_KEEL_INSURANCE_2 <  Those were the days, circa 2007.

But now Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio are engaged in perhaps the most intriguing political race in the country. The New York Times Magazine takes a look. (story here)

“There are people who believe the way to be more successful as Republicans is to be more like Democrats,” Rubio told reporter Mark Leibovich early last month, essentially distilling his case against Crist, whom he keeps describing backhandedly as “a really nice, pleasant guy.” “And the people who believe we need to be more like Democrats will vote for Charlie Crist.” There is also the more stylistic question of whether Crist’s conciliatory approach fits with the basic tenor of an impatient opposition party. He may not be angry enough to win a Republican primary this year. ...

Crist told me that two of the senators he most admires are John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have reputations for forging bipartisan alliances — and who have drawn their share of hellfire from conservative purists. He also mentioned John Thune, the mild-mannered South Dakotan with a tan almost as impressive as his own (Crist claims no artificial help, by the way). He would model himself in the Senate after his mentor, Connie Mack, the former Republican senator from Florida for whom he once worked. “This is a guy who is as principled as anyone I have ever met,” Crist told me. “And at the same time he was civil in how he comported himself.”

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