Could this be a David Dreier situation? Remember when Dreier was denied the Majority Leader position, at least partly because he is a closeted gay man. At the time Dreier’s supporters put out the message that ‘he was to moderate for the caucus’ line':
After earlier reporting that Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) was expected to succeed House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) as majority leader, the decision has been reversed. House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) will instead take up DeLay’s post.
Sources tell RAW STORY that Dreier — who was a shoo-in for the position — was nixed for various reasons, in part because his sexuality would raise ire within the party ranks.
More recently, we saw the GOP push aside a moderate candidate in exchange for a much more conservative candidate who was not even on the GOP ballot line.
The candidate, Dede Scozzafava, said she was suspending her campaign in the face of collapsing support and evidence that she was heading for a loss in a three-way race on Tuesday involving Douglas L. Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line, and Bill Owens, a Democrat.
Ms. Scozzafava had been under siege from conservative leaders because she supported gay rights and abortion rights and was considered too liberal on various fiscal issues.
Well, it looks the crazies have another moderate in mind, Charlie Crist. I have a feeling that Charlie may not score any points with the right wing in Florida, after all, he’s like Dreier — you know, too moderate.
Now, as a season of tea parties and fractious town hall meetings has energized the right wing, that embrace has endangered what once seemed like Mr. Crist’s surefire bid for a Senate seat and put Florida at the center of a debate about the future of the Republican Party.
Republican pragmatists argue that to take back its majority, the party has to appeal to a broader range of voters, even if it means running candidates who might stray from the party orthodoxy.
Then there is this bit from Barney in Outrage, where he talks about the meaning of ‘moderate':
“Sure, just like I marched in last year’s moderate pride parade and went to a moderate bar last night.”
If Charlie is the nominee he is ‘moderate’ (in the traditional sense) enough that he will undoubtedly be victorious on Election Day. If Rubio is the nominee, then the race is on.