The Fix's Worst Week in Washington

(John Raoux)
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Woe is Meek.

Rep. Kendrick Meek, that is - the Miami area Democrat who found himself in the middle of a media maelstrom late last week when a report surfaced that former president Bill Clinton had urged him to end his Senate bid in favor of Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist.

Polls have long shown that with Crist and Meek splitting the Democratic vote, neither has a chance to win the open-seat race against former Florida House speaker Marco Rubio (R).

In a last-ditch attempt to save the race for the Democrats (Crist has said he will caucus with the party if he wins), Clinton intervened, telling Meek that he could be a kingmaker if he got behind Crist, even this late in the game. According to Politico's Ben Smith, Meek agreed (twice) to get out before (twice) rethinking that decision.

Or not. Meek insisted that "there was never a deal," conceding only that he and Clinton - a longtime supporter - had discussed the swirling reports that he might leave the race. Um, okay.

The practical political effect of the Clinton contretemps is simple: Meek, already struggling badly for any traction in the race (polling suggests that his support runs in the high teens) looks hapless and hopeless at a time when voters want the exact opposite.

Kendrick Meek, for spending the final days of the election talking about whether you were still running, you had the Worst Week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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