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4/29/2010

Independent Charlie Crist

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 6:26 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Republicans respond to newly independent Charlie Crist:

  • Rove: Crist’s race For Senate Is all About him.”
  • Jeb Bush: “I am not surprised. This decision is not about policy or principles. It is about what he believes is in his political self-interest.”
  • Hot Air’s Allahpundit (sarcastically): “Try to force yourself to the end or else you’ll miss him insisting that the way to set a “new tone” in D.C. is to send another transparently careerist principle-less politician to Capitol Hill. Works for me.”
  • NRSC: “The Governor said he has been ‘listening to the people.’ We hope he will listen to the thousands of Republican donors who will no doubt ask Governor Crist to return their donations. We will request full refunds ourselves and we plan to put our resources and support behind Marco Rubio.”
  • Also, Crist 2010 has a new motto: People above Politics.

    — DRJ

    30 Responses to “Independent Charlie Crist”

    1. Also, Crist 2010 has a new motto: People above Politics.

      With the “people” apparently being Gov. Crist and Mrs. Crist.

      JVW (08e86a)

    2. Crist on a crutch, I hope things go badly for him.

      GeneralMalaise (53ce9e)

    3. Crist and McCain are joined at the hip. McCain campaigned with Crist when Crist ran for governor, and Crist returned the favor by endorsing McCain for President – Florida went narrowly for McCain over Romney as a result.

      The GOP is lousy with Crist-style Republicans, and many of those pretending to be shocked! at what he is doing knew all along what sort of person he is. And supported him all the same.

      Subotai (1d5c79)

    4. I saw a Rubio ad earlier that was just footage of Crist saying he was running as a Republican. It was a great great great ad.

      JD (c1a2b8)

    5. Ego blindness? Sore loser? He won’t be elected. At best he will keep Rubio from having a majority.

      nk (db4a41)

    6. It’s just me, me, me with Charlie.

      But he might get a Democratic elected. So the DNC is thrilled.

      Eric Blair (d8f31c)

    7. That Rubio ad illustrates what a weasal Crist is. He tells Chris Wallace he is running as a proud Republican and today the political parties are bad bad bad.

      Most politicians are hypocrites (see Gordon Brown) but few are as blatant as Crist.

      MU789 (13091a)

    8. He doesn’t really care if he gets elected – he just wants some kind of quid pro quo from his bestest friend in the WH for dropping out in a few months. Say, an ambassadorship to France?

      Dmac (21311c)

    9. Crist est une belette couché.

      GeneralMalaise (53ce9e)

    10. il devrait être goudron et les plumes et à la sortie de la Floride monté sur un rail.

      GeneralMalaise (53ce9e)

    11. How do you even go about finding someone what respects Crist?

      Except for Meghan’s daddy and John Cornyn I mean.

      happyfeet (c8caab)

    12. We will request full refunds ourselves and we plan to put our resources and support behind Marco Rubio.

      Nice of little Johnny Cornyn to finally jump on the bandwagon. This is a classic example why the NRSC and NRCC need to stop trying to be king makers. Their main function is to help Republican incumbents (which is mostly good IMO) even if they’re RINOs (which is mostly bad IMO).

      With a tongue-in-cheek hat tip to Al Gore, the Inter Tubes allows individuals to examine the candidates without filters so they can make their own choices at the primary level, even to the point of making direct donations.

      John P. Squibob (882a08)

    13. On my way home from work tonight listening to the repeat of Hannity’s show he had a caller who was “a long time conservative Republican” who was supporting Crist. His main argument against Rubio was that he was once worked as a lobbyist for an oil company.

      Now that is a position I hear conservatives taking all the time. /sarc

      Have Blue (854a6e)

    14. NRSC: “The Governor said he has been ‘listening to the people.’ We hope he will listen to the thousands of Republican donors who will no doubt ask Governor Crist to return their donations. We will request full refunds ourselves and we plan to put our resources and support behind Marco Rubio.”

      Next time, NRSC Idiots, how about listening to what conservatives have to say about the candidates before throwing your support behind one of them?

      Blacque Jacques Shellacque (5ef35b)

    15. “It’s all about him”?

      No, it’s all about Republicans kicking moderates out of the party and going hard conservative.

      JEA (9f9fc9)

    16. No, he was a lobbyist for Dade County, not nearly the same thing.

      ian cormac (d56635)

    17. No, it’s all about Republicans kicking moderates out of the party and going hard conservative.

      You mean like the hard core lefties did when they kicked all the new Blue Dogs in their collective teeth regarding the shoving of the healthcare bill down their throats?

      Dmac (21311c)

    18. JEA – What is it like to just spit out leftist talking points day after day?

      JD (0f9c01)

    19. “You mean like the hard core lefties did when they kicked all the new Blue Dogs in their collective teeth regarding the shoving of the healthcare bill down their throats?”

      Yes, almost the same. I see lefties complaining a lot, but I don’t see the Dems throwing their moderates wholesale out of the party the way Republicans are. The right is much more intense.

      As for ‘spitting out leftist talking points’, I see a lot of people here ‘spitting out rightist talking points’ every day.

      It’s time for left and right to stop all this ‘spitting.’

      JEA (9f9fc9)

    20. Now that Saint Charlie has put himself on the suicide watch list, Marco Rubio has enough political wiggle room to go wobbley on immigration. It was always the joker in his deck, but it was never turned face up. Keep your powder dry, the silly season is upon us.

      ropelight (782583)

    21. Joe Lieberman, comes readily to mind, for the rest, there is functionally no moderate democrat

      ian cormac (d56635)

    22. Rubio should play that interview on Fox, over and over, where Crist said at least twice that he wasn’t running as an independent, that he was running as a Republican, with something superimposed over it about how much his word is worth.

      Rochf (ae9c58)

    23. Why is it bad to vote for a candidate of your choosing in a primary is now a purge? This idea of purges is something that Crissy Mathews and JEA want people to believe, as evidenced by its comments above.

      JD (0f9c01)

    24. “It’s time for left and right to stop all this ’spitting.’”

      You, my friend, can continue swallowing.

      True dat, #21.

      GeneralMalaise (53ce9e)

    25. No, it’s all about Republicans kicking moderates out of the party and going hard conservative.

      I don’t see the Dems throwing their moderates wholesale out of the party the way Republicans are.

      Just who are the moderates Republicans have thrown wholesale out of the party?

      Some chump (529a5a)

    26. …but I don’t see the Dems throwing their moderates wholesale out of the party the way Republicans are.

      What’s this “throwing their moderates wholesale out of the party” stuff? Did Crist, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham get kicked out while no one was looking?

      Blacque Jacques Shellacque (5ef35b)

    27. #19, take note that the Republican Party was officially supporting Charlie Crist for the Senate. The GOP actively opposed conservatives and TEA Party members who couldn’t stomach Crist’s embrace of Obama’s Stimulus Bill. The Republican Senate election committee continued to support Crist right up to the point he turned his back on the GOP and declared his independence from the political organization that put him in the Florida governor’s mansion and was supporting him for the Senate.

      That hardly constitutes “throwing their moderates wholesale out of the party…” It’s more like proof the GOP establishment is coddling moderates at the expense of widespread rank and file voter opposition to RINO candidates.

      ropelight (782583)

    28. I keep hearing the assertion that Crist’s independent run will split the R vote. With his stance for Porkulus and supporting the teacher’s union, I suspect that the vote split will come out of the left side.

      Red County Pete (eec707)

    29. loyalty is a virtue that even some politicians can fairly claim.crist proved in his case at least that carville was for once in his life right. at least one republican is a reptile in the aesop fable sense.forgive me for for smearing the rest of the party with guilt by association this with this RINO.

      clyde (64e04d)

    30. Maybe there isn’t any purge of moderates in the Democratic party because there isn’t such a thing as a moderate Democrat. In the end, the so-called Blue Dogs went right along with the liberals.

      Rochf (ae9c58)


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