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Charlie Crist vs. Mark Sanford



Kimberley Strassel in the all Street Journal contrasts Charlie Crist (who she says inherited from Jeb a state in boffo financial condition) and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

As contrasts go, it doesn't get better than this. The Republican Party is locked in a debate over how it ever fell so low and what it needs to become in the future. Mr. Sanford and Mr. Crist vividly capture the divide. They also capture how the economic downturn is already forcing Republicans to choose a side....Elected in 2005, Mr. Crist inherited a growing state from predecessor Jeb Bush. Florida was the job-creation story of this decade, in part because of Bush policies that cut taxes and spending, unleashing private industry. One of Mr. Crist's first acts was nonetheless to demonize private insurers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which has caused many to flee and left the state as the primary home insurer. That's earned him love from Floridians who've enjoyed artificially low premiums, though at some point (say, when the next big one hits) the bill will come due.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:27pm]


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