Undoing Jeb Bush in Florida

The state's early primary could put a brighter spotlight on Charlie Crist, the governor who has won fans by building bipartisan bridges

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Florida Governor Charlie Crist

As if the state had not caused enough trouble in 2000, Florida now wants to assert its primacy as a presidential kingmaker by jumping to the head of the line to hold its primary ahead of Super Tuesday. If Florida commits to Jan. 29, that would mean a line of candidates forming in Tallahassee to seek the blessing of the state's remarkably popular new Republican Governor, Charlie Crist. Another election, another Florida chief executive on the spot.

But Crist is no Jeb Bush. In fact, his record so far is undoing much of what the younger Bush son started. In his...

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