In a sign of how political the 2010 legislation session will be, with so many of the top players running for higher office, Gov. Charlie Crist took a number of not-so-veiled shots at his rival for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio in his final formal address to the Legislature. Crist never mentioned Rubio by name, but it was obvious that he was talking about his more conservative opponent who has been embraced by the party's right wing.
"During these very difficult economic times, we do a disservice to the people who elected us -- the people who are counting on us -- to elevate ideology over problem solving.''
"While there is great virtue in being true to your principles, conviction must be tempered with practicality and pragmatism,'' he said. "Taken to an extreme, conviction becomes inflexible -- even destructive ... We must accept being in the arena means enduring the hecklers in the cheap seats where conviction abounds, but wisdom is not required and nothing is either risked or gained."