WE last reported on this here: Fla Senate Race: Crist, Rubio & Creationism, in which we discussed that Charlie Crist, currently Florida’s governor, is in a primary contest with former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination, to determine which of them will run for U.S. Senate.
Ordinarily this wouldn’t attract our attention, but we pointed out that creationism might become an issue. Crist has wisely avoided the subject, but Rubio … well, Rubio has a history of supporting creationist legislation. To see his intense involvement with creationism in the 2008 Florida legislature, see: Rubio: Florida House open to legislative fix on evolution in the Florida Baptist Witness.
But to our disappointment, the “Controversy” hasn’t yet been part of the campaign. That may be changing. At the website of Time magazine we read: GOP at War With Itself in Florida Senate Race. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
While his Republican party has been flailing and losing and dwindling to its base, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has remained extremely popular by governing from the middle. He’s stocked his administration with Democrats, appointed a fairly liberal African-American Democrat to the state Supreme Court, expanded voting rights for felons, crusaded against global warming, and enthusiastically supported President Obama’s stimulus package.
He’s a Republican? Okay. Let’s read on:
Over the next 14 months, as Rubio introduces himself to the state, this race is likely to evolve from David-and-Goliath into a struggle for the party’s soul, between a moderate populist who celebrated the stimulus with Obama at a Fort Myers rally and a conservative stalwart who opposes almost everything Obama has done.
Let’s skip over all the insider stuff that these articles in Time always discuss, and get right to what concerns us — oh, wait:
Crist may be the most popular politician in Florida, but not in the Florida GOP; that would be Rubio’s mentor, former Governor Jeb Bush, whose disdain for Crist’s policies is an open secret in the Sunshine State, and whose son has endorsed Rubio.
That’s interesting. Now, Curmudgeon — let’s get to the “Controversy”:
Rubio is not a chest-thumper or a fist-banger, but in talks in June to a chamber of commerce in Palm Bay and the Christian Coalition in Miami, he electrified his crowds with eloquent arguments for tea-party principles. He attacked deficits in general and the stimulus in particular as Euro-socialist assaults on his kids. He clamored for term limits, state’s rights, and the abolition of the estate tax. He attacked government-run health care, warned that cap-and-trade would leave us a “Third World economy,” and noted that the words “separation of church and state” were nowhere in our founding documents.
Neither is “limited government” or “separation of powers.” We like a lot of Rubio’s thinking, but we can’t accept this theocratic pandering. Moving along:
In an interview, he supported privatization of Social Security, a constitutional amendment to restrain spending, and the right of schools to teach intelligent design. He sees the stimulus as a defining issue, an inexcusable embrace of intergenerational theft that exposed Crist as a Specter-style Republican In Name Only. If the Republican Party is going to be indistinguishable from the Democratic Party, why bother having one?” he asked.
Well there it is — Rubio is an out-of-the-closet creationist. Now that the issue has been exposed nationally, we expect it to get more attention. This is only a GOP nomination battle, but Florida is big, and the issues are defining. This one is a race to watch.
Update: See our Open Letter to Marco Rubio.
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