Blessed are the Meeks -- they inherit the nomination 

In the wake of yesterday's Crist-Rubio debate, Morning Joe had the putative Democratic nominee on for a brief interview. "Whichever candidate they vote for, we'll be prepared for," said Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla, who noted that he had just submitted 140,000 petition signatures to appear on the ballot.

Meek is widely considered a weak candidate, and he trails badly in most general election polls against either Republican. But with Gov. Crist's entry into the race on the GOP side, no stronger Democratic contenders were willing to come forward early. Given his early strength, who could have expected Crist to become the underdog for his party's nomination?

To my knowledge, no one has asked Meek yet about his family earmark factory, which will probably become the issue later this year, after Republicans have settled their ideological feud. Not every Congressman can turn his earmark requests into a free office, car and $40,000 salary for his mother.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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