NOT EXACTLY A BRIGHT ‘DAY’…. Long-time observers may remember the name Bud Day. Six years ago, Day, a decorated Air Force combat veteran, hooked up with the Swiftboat liars to smear John Kerry. Four years later, Day explained his support for John McCain and the war in Iraq by saying, “The Muslims have said either we kneel or they’re going to kill us.”

This week, Day has begun trying to rally support for Gov. Charlie Crist’s (R) Senate campaign in Florida, instead of Marco Rubio (R), who’s leading in the polls. Apparently, Day sees the Republican primary through a racial lens. (via Memeorandum)

“You know, we just got through (electing) a politician who can run his mouth at Mach 1, a black one, and now we have a Hispanic who can run his mouth at Mach 1,” Day said. “You look at their track records and they’re both pretty gritty. Charlie has not got a gritty track record.”

Day confirmed he was speaking of Obama and Rubio.

“You’ve got the black one with the reading thing. He can go as fast as the speed of light and has no idea what he’s saying,” Day said. “I put Rubio in that same category, except I don’t know if he’s using one of those readers.”

By “readers,” Day appears to be referring to teleprompters.

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that the Crist campaign doesn’t promote Day’s endorsement too heavily. Any praise that includes references to the president as “the black one” probably isn’t the kind of support a politician will want to advertise.

Or is it? In a press release, Crist said he “could not be more grateful” for Day’s support, though the statement did not refer specifically to Day’s apparent racial perspective on the primary contest.

I can only hope Crist will distance himself from Day’s comments, and not try to win Republican support by characterizing Rubio as “a Hispanic” that belongs “in that same category” as “the black one.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.