The specter of Charlie Crist has reentered the Republican Senate race and, unbeknownst to us, former Crist adviser George LeMieux didn't just talk favorably about President Obama's 2009 stimulus in his LeMieux Report -- he shot video of it.
That could be deadly. Campaigns hinge on these little video moments.
LeMieux, when a private-practice attorney supporting Crist, was clearly not holding the GOP line about the $787 billion stimulus package. The divide was pretty simple. Democrats said it was good. Republicans said it was bad. And LeMieux said:
"Florida's expected to receive some $10 billion in funding, much of which will be used to create jobs through shovel-ready projects -- including $1.3 billionin transportation projects. In total, the White House estimates the legislation will save or create 3.5 million jobs over the next two years.
"Bottom line: Was the stimulus package good policy? The proof will be in the pudding. If, in the next 18-24 months, the American economy is recovering due to job creation, it will be hard to say it was not."
Hard to say indeed -- for LeMieux at least. The economy appears to be improving now. Job growth is up. Consumer confidence is increasing. The DOW skyrocketed the other day.