The backlash against Cornyn's early endorsement of Crist continues today in the Broward-Palm Beach New Times which is billing the Senate race as The Battle for the Conservative Soul.
Thomas Francis writes,"The national conservative blogosphere is in no mood for moderation, and recently a video has circulated reminding them what they're fighting for in Florida. "
The video in reference, of course, is the Rubio farewell speech to the Florida House that has been widely circulated lately.
Read the whole thing here.
Meanwhile, Clueless Cornyn seems to be sticking to his stock answer as to why he endorsed Crist so far out from the primary. In a Human Events interview posted today, he says,
“Gov. Crist is the strongest candidate that will enable us to hold the seat,” Cornyn told me, “Marco Rubio...[has] a bright future ahead of him, but right now the Mason Dixon poll shows Crist beating him in a primary by 53% to 18%.” By nominating Crist, Cornyn believes, “we won’t have to spend precious resources in Florida” to retain the seat of retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (who has also endorsed Crist).
This continues to be a weak defense or excuse as the Crist lead comes essentially from name recognition at this point and Rubio will certainly change that number in the days to come.