Charlie Crist may have maintained decent approval ratings in Florida, but he’s hardly a hit with conservatives. At this past week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, which is considered perhaps the foremost school on conservative political thought and one of the most dominant voices in the Republican Party, Charlie Crist bombed. For starters, he wasn’t invited to speak—hardly a good sign for someone whose future political ambitions include designs on the Presidency.
In a straw poll held to gauge the party’s frontrunner to challenge Barack Obama in 2012, Crist scored a whopping 1%—well behind Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and even Rudy Guiliani. Crist’s name was roundly booed during the balloting and he was later referred to as “Barack Obama’s favorite Republican.” Conservatives dominate Republican primaries and no candidate in recent memory has secured the GOP nomination without at least nominal support from CPAC. If Crist truly has ambitions beyond Tallahassee, he has fences to mend with conservatives.