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The worst week in Washington? Kendrick Meek

From the Washington Post: "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...

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."