SIDESWIPE – With many Americans tired of their leaders’ profligacy, Governor Charlie Crist is facing defeat in the Republican primary for Florida’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. Once touted as a possible Presidential candidate, Crist epitomizes the view that Republicans should govern like liberals. A leading state Democrat once said of Crist: “Isn’t it wonderful to have a governor saying Democratic things?” In his final State of the State address on Tuesday night, Crist asserted that, “conviction must be tempered with practicality and pragmatism” and described his approach as “problem-solving”. Judging from his record, this means Obama-style spending coupled with head-in-the-sand accounting. Florida’s Republican House Speaker Larry Cretul said the state can’t base its budget, “on a wink and a prayer”. It is not surprising that fiscally conservative Marco Rubio is the party’s front runner for the Senate seat nomination.