With five days left until Judgment Day, Democrats are getting very desperate to keep the tide from washing away their stranglehold on Congressional power.
Politico is reporting that Bill Clinton has been mingling in the Florida Senate race. Right now the race is split three ways between the Republican candidate and tea party favorite Marco Rubio, disgraced Republican turn Independent after losing the primary bid Charlie Crist, and the Democrat candidate Kendrick Meek.
Rubio has been dominating this race since September. According to the latest poll posted on Real Clear Politics, Rubio currently holds a comfortable 10 point lead coming in at 42.4%. Crist sits in the middle at 31.6% and Meek is sagging behind at 18.6%.
The article posted last night by Ben Smith claims that Clinton tried to persuade Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race and endorse Charlie Crist in order to stop Rubio from taking the election. Doing so would almost certainly swing the election towards Crist, who is the more moderate candidate of the two. Smith writes that Clinton nearly succeeded in his effort, but Meek eventually backed down after listening to advice from his wife and not being labeled as a quitter.
Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week — and nearly succeeded.
Meek agreed — twice — to drop out and endorse Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid in a last-ditch effort to stop Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who stands on the cusp of national stardom.
Meek, a staunch Clinton ally from Miami, has failed to broaden his appeal around the state and is mired in third place in most public polls, with a survey today showing him with just 15 percent of the vote. His withdrawal, polls suggest, would throw core Democratic voters to the moderate governor, rocking a complicated three-way contest and likely throwing the election to Crist.
The former president’s top aide, Doug Band, initially served as the intermediary between Meek and Crist, and Clinton became involved only when Meek signaled that he would seriously consider the option, Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed to POLITICO.
“The argument was: ‘You can be a hero here. You can stop him, you can change this race in one swoop,’” said another Democrat familiar with the conversations, who said Clinton had bluntly told Meek that he couldn’t win the race…
Last weekend, however, Meek changed his mind.
“Not being seen as a quitter was more important than stopping someone who was so opposed to what you and your party had stood for,” said one Democrat who had been hoping to close the deal.
Meek campaign manager Abe Dyk vehemently denied the sequence of events described by Clinton’s aide and other Democrats.
“Kendrick Meek was not ever dropping out of this race and will not ever drop out of this race,” Dyk said. “He’s going to stand up for the middle class as opposed to his two lifelong Republican opponents who always stand with the special interests.”
This type of behind the scenes maneuvering is clear evidence of how fearful Democrats are about losing control of the Senate. Even if the Republicans do not gain the majority in the Senate, Democrats need every seat they can muster in order to overcome the moderate or weak Democrats that are willing to bend from Obama’s agenda. What else can we expect from Clinton or Democrats in the next five days?