Crist learns the value of reciprocity in Obama WH

posted at 9:30 am on April 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

A year ago, when Barack Obama needed some bipartisan cover for the Porkulus package that got written without any Republican input, he headed down to Florida and got Charlie Crist to appear on stage to give him a boost.  Now, Charlie Crist wants to dump the GOP and run as an independent, with an announcement expected later today, and he needs a big boost to get taken seriously by Sunshine State voters.  According to Marc Ambinder, Crist tried calling his friends in the Obama White House — who refused to take his call:

Here first: Charlie Crist, soon to be independent Senate candidate from Florida, tried to reach White House chief of staff Emanuel through intermediates. WH refuses to take the call. Dems plan big talent/money blitz for Kendrick Meek. BTW: Obama’s approval rating in FL is in high 40s, per internal Dem polling.

We should make clear that a Democratic White House really has no business supporting an independent against a credible Democratic candidate, so this isn’t a knock on Rahm.  Had he decided to pick up the phone and offer Crist help, that would have all but ended Meek’s bid, with little hope of success for Crist to overtake Marco Rubio in a general election anyway.  Rahm’s smart enough to know when to let the phone keep ringing.

However, this demonstrates the desperation and the naiveté of Crist and his team (assuming, of course, that Ambinder got this right).  Did they really expect to get a friendly ear from Obama’s team?  Obama used Crist to get what he wanted — but Crist was using Obama, too.  Obama had just won Florida for Democrats for the first time in a few presidential cycles, and Crist wanted to climb aboard Obama’s bandwagon.  That’s one of the reasons why Crist finds himself over twenty points behind Rubio now.

That also shows how desperate Crist has become.  It was Crist’s embrace of Obama that torpedoed his bid for the GOP nomination.  The hair of the dog is about the last remedy anyone with any sense would prescribe, but it may be all Crist has left when his donors abandon him and the center sticks with Rubio.


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How does it feel under the bus, Charlie? Crowded like a south Florida beach?

Wethal on April 29, 2010 at 9:32 AM

heh…

sorry charlie

cmsinaz on April 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM

The biggest un-hug since McCain/Bush!

Sgt Steve on April 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Couldn’t happen to a bigger douche.

uknowmorethanme on April 29, 2010 at 9:35 AM

If it’s true. I’d say the man with the bright orange glow’s political career is toast. LIke specter, Who’s ever gonna trust him again…

SHARPTOOTH on April 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I don’t think all of those supposed internal polls were as favorable to Crist running as an Independent as we were led to believe.

Johnnyreb on April 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

But he still might not be declaring himself an independent.

/holding out hope :-)
//for Crist and JetBoy (and innerds)

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Hopefully the loyal Crist republicans will continue to leave him now as he has proven that he is as narcissistic as Obama.

Does he really believe he is that necessary?

archer52 on April 29, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Why would he think Obama would be in his corner? Is he trying to sell the White House on the idea that Meek is….well, meek, and that only Crist has a prayer of defeating Rubio in the general election? Because that would imply Crist is planning to caucus with the Dems should he win. If that’s what he’s saying, then he can forget about garnering 5% of the GOP vote.

Doughboy on April 29, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Did Crist really think the White House would support an orange independent candidate over a black Democrat?

Wethal on April 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

when you need Team Barry to ride to the rescue you are F*CKED! A Barry campaign endorsement is a lethal injection just ask Corzine, or the Mass lady or the gov of Virginia.

Daveyardbird on April 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Sgt Steve on April 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM
The biggest un-hug since McCain/Bush!

So, McCain lost because of Bush-hug? Or Bush-bash in his last ad?

Anita on April 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Damaged goods.

PrincipledPilgrim on April 29, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I don’t suppose stories like this are going to enhance Crist’s appeal to “moderate” voters.

myrenovations on April 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

From extremely reliable source Crist’s advisor is now his trophy wife — no one in the GOP of consultants will touch him except to tell him he is making a huge mistake.

When he married his wife, she sent their two daughters back to live with her ex-husband.

They live on an exclusive island off Miami Dade County in a multi-million dollar condo. The first at $2.5M she said was too small so she moved up. She is a prima donna who loves traveling around with a limo and driver.

Best guess is that she is a liberal Democrat coming from the NJ/NY area.

Crist reaching out to the White House I can believe — no one else left. If he was dumb enough to think the WH would return his call then he is way too dumb to be Senator.

PhiKapMom on April 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Charlie Crist, soon to be independent Senate candidate from Florida, tried to reach White House chief of staff Emanuel through intermediates. WH refuses to take the call.

If history is any bit of a teacher (cf, Martina Coakley, Creigh Deeds and Jon Corzine), then the fact that the WH wouldn’t take the Floridian Oompa Loompas call could be seen as an endorsement that they really want him to win–and win badly—so badly that they’ll have to ignore him to get that done.

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Gov. Crist is a really bad politician. And normally I would say that was a good thing but he has proven not be an innovative executive leader with any improvements in Florida’s plight to help his campaign.

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM

LOL!

Sure, the Fascist-Democratic president should support the Democratic candidate, but why such a cold shoulder? Rahm should be thinking up ways to split the anti-Meeks votes amongst Rubio & crispy-Crist, but I guess even such a learned Chicago pol can’t see anyway to help his candidate.

Sorry, Charlie, why don’t you just retire to Key West.

rbj on April 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

“Damaged goods”, indeed, Principled Pilgrim! Let’s hope they’re damaged beyond repair – which we should find out in the next day or so.

It’s always funny to see the clown fall out of the overcrowded car. What a circus we’re being treated to!

alwyr on April 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

It reminds me of a once great Revolutionary War general who became a turncoat, and his life was ruined thereafter. “Gen. Arnold – table for one!”

EliTheBean on April 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I think JetBoy needs to give triple to Marco now!

deidre on April 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM

This goes to show that even Rinos can’t trust a democrat.

Vashta.Nerada on April 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I’m still waiting until 5pm…perhaps he’ll surprise y’all.

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

This kinda reminds me of Gray Davis. We all know what happened to him.

Crist was nothing more than a one night stand to BHO. BHO got what he wanted, then left. Crist is an idiot.

madmonkphotog on April 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Here’s some disingenuous reciprocity: Rubio should run as an independent too!

PaCadle on April 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

No man is an island…but poor decisions can strand you on one.

Good time Charlie’s got the blues. JetBoy, too.

kingsjester on April 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

btw I’ve set up a hat-eating poll at polldaddy…clicky my name or go to http://polldaddy.com/poll/3127455/

But again, still holding out a shred of hope…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I’m still waiting until 5pm…perhaps he’ll surprise y’all.

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Pray for the best, prepare for the worst. I suggest soaking that hat in Jack Daniels, it’ll help it go down easier.

thomasaur on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Goodbye Charlie. Sure hate to see you go. He been axed by Rahm (Sir Leopold Sartori) E. What new incarnation are you going to come back as next time?

Nalea on April 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM

btw I’ve set up a hat-eating poll at polldaddy…clicky my name or go to http://polldaddy.com/poll/3127455/

But again, still holding out a shred of hope…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I’m a nice one and said you should eat an edible hat :)

deidre on April 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Rubio can make a campaign video showing Crist promising to not run as an independent and play it over and over and game over.

GnuBreed on April 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

I would say that Charlie Crist’s Spray-On Republicanism is starting to fade… Not very pretty underneath…

Haiku Guy on April 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Rubio can make a campaign video showing Crist promising to not run as an independent and play it over and over and game over.

GnuBreed on April 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Certainly it’ll play in the first month and Crist will defined as the candidate who can’t keep his word. He’ll spend the rest of campaign trying to replace that image – and fail.

PackerBronco on April 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Rassmussen puts Crist at 30%–7 points behind Rubio but ahead of the Dem. Karl Rove on FOX said that independents usually start with their highest poll numbers and drift downward. Poor Charlie, he looks like the cinder his political career has become.

cartooner on April 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

btw I’ve set up a hat-eating poll at polldaddy…clicky my name or go to http://polldaddy.com/poll/3127455/

But again, still holding out a shred of hope…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I know this sucks for you, You have supported Crist for a long time. Must be like getting stabed in the back. Keep your chin up pal…things will get better.

SHARPTOOTH on April 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Wait til the money stops flowing in to Charlie’s pocket and it will stop as he now looks like a desperate, pathetic loser.

Kissmygrits on April 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I like how it’s titled “When JetBoy eats his hat, it should be… ”

:-)

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM

One of the main problems Crist is facing, especially if the Obama call report is true, is that Charlie can’t go six months without answering the question who he’s going to caucus with if he were to get elected Senator.

An independent governor doesn’t have to make a post-election declaration of favoring one party over another, but a Senator does because of committee assignments and seniority rules that are the keys to actual power in the Senate. Saying “I’m not going to support either side” is tantamount to saying, “I plan to be the 100th senator in seniority for life.”

He’s going to have to tell voters if he’d support Durbin or McConnell for Senate Majority Leader next January, and while I’m under no illusions that Charlie might lie based on whatever answer polls best, there’s no way he can expect Obama to stay out of the fray in support of Meek if Crist goes around telling voters he’ll caucus with the GOP in 2011 if he wins the election.

jon1979 on April 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

JetBoy, you obviously have not yet voted in your own poll, since the category “he’s suffered enough, and shouldn’t have to eat a hat at all” has zero votes.

You’ve suffered enough to only eat an edible hat though. Faith in a politician has consequences, usually bad.

GnuBreed on April 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

btw I’ve set up a hat-eating poll at polldaddy…clicky my name or go to http://polldaddy.com/poll/3127455/

But again, still holding out a shred of hope…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Can I get a little history on this? I’ve seen several references to the hat-eating in other threads (I mostly just lurk around here) but have yet to see what led to it. I hat(e) not being in on a joke.

anglee99 on April 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

What this also means is that once Crist is out of the picture this race, he’s also finished as governor and the 2012 senate race.

it shows just how:
a) dumb he is
b) dumb he is
c) all of the above

So good candidates can come forward for both of those races….Jeb, wanna be a Senator?

JP1986UM on April 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Obama had just won Florida for Democrats for the first time in a few presidential cycles, and Crist wanted to climb aboard Obama’s bandwagon

Welcome aboard the Titanic Charlie—lifeboats are optional.

Rovin on April 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Why does Obama hate Oompa Loompas?

Monica on April 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Can I get a little history on this? I’ve seen several references to the hat-eating in other threads (I mostly just lurk around here) but have yet to see what led to it. I hat(e) not being in on a joke.

anglee99 on April 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Basically, JetBoy (a big Crist supporter) said he would eat his hat if Crist jumped parties. And now people are starting to hold him to his word.

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

From what I understand, Chris….er Crist, had promised to support Rudy back when Crist could walk into a coffee shot and get and x-large ‘ccino for free. But when the numbers looked grim, now remember Rudy was bypassing the early states for Fla., he left Rudy hanging. Now he is about to find himself talking to an empty room with nothing but the roaches and echoes to listen to what he says. Karma is a bitch.

TQM38a on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Crist and Granholm were the final call on revotes in FL and MI in the Dem primary. They held the line so Obama could skate into the nomination. Looks like the loyalty is about as strong as when Crist promised Rudy he wouldnt endorse anyone else, then Ruyd moved his whole op to FL and Charlie backed MAC…very Bill Judas Richardson of him….these guys are a bunch of hacks without even the honor among thieves

cannot wait to watch Marco kick Charlie’s butt!

ginaswo on April 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Many thanks!

Jetboy is to be commended for being more principled than the man he supported.

anglee99 on April 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

What is really weird is that Jetboy doesn’t even live in Florida!

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM

anglee99 on April 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I’m trying to find the initial offer, but:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/19/charlie-crist-im-certainly-listening-to-the-people-telling-me-to-run-as-an-indie/comment-page-2/#comment-3482680

Maybe someone with better googlefu can help?

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Ohhh dude awesome! You’ve got a poll up. I had mercy on your gastrointestinal system (as a *hat tip* to your good naturedness on your promise) and I voted for an “entire edible hat”…—-ie, an entire like Sombrero shaped nacho thingy filled with Wonka Bars, cheese, chili and everlasting gobstoppers. I believe that’ll be better for your innards than a real baseball hat.

enjoy! look forward to the video. BTW, I absolve all personal responsibility for encouraging you to engage in such a self-immolating act of national service. You are doing this of your own volition and any said a) medical treatment b) personal injury c) suffering due to loss of personal dignity or respect or d) failure to accomplish anything further in life due to said incident is completely because of the personal choice you have made.

That being said, I 100% support you buddy. Chow Down!

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Hell, Jetboy, if you wanted to down a Ben n’ Jerry’s Vermonster and use the bucket for a hat—I’d say that’d even qualify for you to pay your penance.

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

We should make clear that a Democratic White House really has no business supporting an independent against a credible Democratic candidate, so this isn’t a knock on Rahm.

Ed

You call Kendrick Meek a credible candidate for Senate, Ed? Good grief, he’s a clown whose only political opportunity is to run for congress in race-gerrymandered districts where race-focused black voters will vote for whichever “D” says he is “black”.

Crist sees Meek as so pathetic that he actually thinks he’ll steal Democrat votes in his Indy bid.

Jaibones on April 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Crist better get used to people not taking his calls.

It’s going to be happening to him a lot more in the future.

AZCoyote on April 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM

But again, still holding out a shred of hope…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

It ain’t over yet…but.

You supported your guy and are willing to take your medicine, that makes you better than politicians.

edible hat is okay with me too.

Oh, even though you rate better than a politician, there must to be pictures.

cozmo on April 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Crist is so transparent, I can’t even see him.

badtemper on April 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

With all the seniors and cubans in Florida, how is Obama in the high 40s? That is a major puzzlement (except if they only poll democrats there).

eaglewingz08 on April 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Man. When Barack Hussein Obama is trying to politically distance himself from YOU…

What’s a word that means ‘toxic,’ but is a whole lot worse?

logis on April 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Awww, poor Charlie, that had to hurt. BWAhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaha

ihasurnominashun on April 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I say JetBoy becomes HatBoy. Eat the edible one and God be with you.

NJ Red on April 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

He should have taken his licks like a man, instead of acting like a sniveling weasel. If he had just taken his loss gracefully, he could have lived another day to fight another battle in another realm, but no, he has completely ruined himself by showing his disloyalty. Who but the most corrupt and unprincipled could stand behind this man?

Queen0fCups on April 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Did Crist really think the White House would support an orange independent candidate over a black Democrat?

Wethal on April 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Exactly!

Welcome to racial politics, Charlie.

More importantly, who leaked the outreach and why?

David2.0 on April 29, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Not even a reach around…unprecedented.

Fletch54 on April 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Because that would imply Crist is planning to caucus with the Dems should he win. If that’s what he’s saying, then he can forget about garnering 5% of the GOP vote.

Doughboy on April 29, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Trust me!

barnone on April 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Republican, Democrat or Independent, Crist is still Crist. What does he take us Floridians for anyway? If he changes the letter after his name does that mean he takes a different stance on issues? Does it mean he didn’t gush over Obama while endorsing the stimulus? Does it mean he will turn some other color besides tanning bed orange? (Okay, that last one was cheesy, but it felt good)

Oyster on April 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM


Any intervention in a complex system may or may not have the intended result, but will inevitably create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes.

This is the Law of Unintended Consequences. A shorter way of saying it is “be careful what you wish for”.

Crist – and earlier this year, Scozzafava – are glaring illustrations as to why the GOP needs to stop putting politics ahead of principle.

When you sacrifice long-term principle for short-term gain, the only thing you can be sure of is that you’re going to end up somewhere you don’t want to be.

rvastar on April 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Face it, Charlie! Obama doesn’t want independent thinkers in the Senate–he wants Democrat yes-men. He knows he’ll lose several of them this year: Reid, Lincoln, Dorgan, Bayh, maybe Specter and the place-holders in IL, DE, and CO. So Obama needs a REAL Democrat in Florida, and he’ll USE you to divide the Republicans and elect Meek, but really help you get elected? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Besides, look at what campaigning with Obama really does for you. Ask Martha Coakley, Jon Corzine, and Creigh Deeds!

Sorry, Charlie!

Steve Z on April 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

I don’t want JetBoy eat a hat. It isn’t healthy thing to do, and I don’t want him to get ill because he went off and made “If he goes Independent, I’ll eat my hat,” flippant remark. I’m a person who’d rather forgive you for this remark than see you follow through with it, and get sick. Although, I DO want you, JetBoy, to wise up. JetBoy, you really didn’t know Crist well enough to put yourself in such an awkward predicament, did you? Please, for your own peace of mind, and more importantly your health, just be more cautious in the future when defending people you don’t really know well enough to defend, especially when defending politians. That is all I’d ask from you. It’s okay to be wrong occasionally about judging a persons character incorrectly, but it would be entirely wrong for you to try to ingest a hat. Take this situation as a teachable moment for yourself, stay healthy, and move on. You never stuck me as a commenter looking for his own 15 minutes of fame, but when 5:00 PM rolls around today, your 15 minutes is officially up, right? Do what ever you have do, say whatever you think needs to be said, but please, no more, “I’ll eat my hat talk,” okay?

Americannodash on April 29, 2010 at 11:38 AM

When you sacrifice long-term principle for short-term gain, the only thing you can be sure of is that you’re going to end up somewhere you don’t want to be.

rvastar on April 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

And we should get a good lesson in this come November if all the “blue dogs” go down. But will it come to late to reverse what has been done?

cozmo on April 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I’m a nice one and said you should eat an edible hat :)

deidre on April 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Communist.

lorien1973 on April 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Jetboy is to be commended for being more principled than the man he supported.

He certainly has been a good sport. I tip my hat to Jetboy. Haha!

KeepOhioRed on April 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Old RINOS never die they just fade away and become Democrats.

thmcbb on April 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

heh, drudge has a pic of the oompa loompa either smoking or drinking out of a conch shell. It ought to be a caption contest thing. awesome! I wonder if he can wear it on a hat?

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I guess Crist didn’t bow down enough to The One! Sorry Charlie, you’re 1 minute of fame is over! I know one thing this has taught me, between Scozzafava and Crist, the NRSC and the House Republicans are not getting another dime of my money.

I’ll donate to my local candidates as long as they prove to me my donation will not go to the Republican Congressional Fundraisers.

Enough! All Crist is, is an opportunist progressive who is a big cry baby. What’s with these RINO’s? As soon as they see the polls not in their favor, they bail! I hope Florida elects Rubio in the general election so we can see some true conservatism back in the Senate. The RNC needs some new leadership in DC.

Atlanta Media Guy on April 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

From extremely reliable source Crist’s advisor is now his trophy wife — no one in the GOP of consultants will touch him except to tell him he is making a huge mistake.

When he married his wife, she sent their two daughters back to live with her ex-husband.

They live on an exclusive island off Miami Dade County in a multi-million dollar condo. The first at $2.5M she said was too small so she moved up. She is a prima donna who loves traveling around with a limo and driver.

Best guess is that she is a liberal Democrat coming from the NJ/NY area.

Crist reaching out to the White House I can believe — no one else left. If he was dumb enough to think the WH would return his call then he is way too dumb to be Senator.

PhiKapMom on April 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2009/09/22/Where_In_The_World_Is_Mrs__Charlie_Crist_/

I have heard that Carole Romer/aka Mrs. Crist lives in NY most of the time, with 2 FL state troopers for protection. Fairly reliable source, too, although I can’t say who. But it’s someone in my home state of FL I trust and is in a position to know. (Wish I could say more)

Marybeth on April 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM

This says so much more about Christ than about Emanuel.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Charlie Tuna Melt

KG in Sask on April 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM

That also shows how desperate Crist has become. It was Crist’s embrace of Obama that torpedoed his bid for the GOP nomination. The hair of the dog is about the last remedy anyone with any sense would prescribe, but it may be all Crist has left when his donors abandon him and the center sticks with Rubio.

Someone remind me again why the GOP decided to double-down on this idiot and attack the real Republican (Rubio) running in the race.

Outlander on April 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Someone remind me again why the GOP decided to double-down on this idiot and attack the real Republican (Rubio) running in the race.

Outlander on April 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Uh, because they are teh stupid and never learn?

Sorry, got nothing else

Marybeth on April 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Here’s the song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4njPe2_rho

LtE126 on April 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I disagree with Obama on this. Whores may be whores but, dammit, they deserve to be paid.

SKYFOX on April 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

btw I’ve set up a hat-eating poll at polldaddy…clicky my name or go to http://polldaddy.com/poll/3127455/

But again, still holding out a shred of hope…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

This is a bad poll because it splits the “real hat” votes between two options whilst “edible hat” only has one option. That gives “edible hat” an unfair advantage.

And then, of course, there’s still this:

“If Charlie Crist goes Independent, I’ll take a poll about whether or not I should eat a hat, a few small pieces of a hat, or food…”

Kensington on April 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

But will it come to late to reverse what has been done?

Sadly, I fear that it’s been too late to reverse “what has been done” since Reagan left office. And by “what has been done”, I mean the Leftist onslaught that was unleased on this country during the Wilson presidency, institutionalized by FDR, popularized by the 60′s, and finally, revealed under Obama.

But there’s good news and there’s bad news.

The good news is that I believe that what is currently happening in the US and Europe is actually the death-rattle of Leftist ideology as a viable political model for Western nations. In a nutshell, the Western Left is finding itself trapped in the web of identity/interest politics that it’s been spinnning for the past 50 years, promising everything under the sun to every constituency it could cobble together.

Well, now the bill is beginning to come due and it’s not a pretty picture. Here in the uS, for instance, their black constituency has conflicting interests with the hispanic constituency…and they both have conflicting interests with the gay constituency…and all have conflicting intesests with the white, blue-collar constituency.

Add to this that they’re running out of other people’s money to spend. And the more that they try to squeeze out of the private business community and the wealthy, the more those groups will move their capital and investments to “greener” economic pastures, i.e. Asia and Eastern Europe.

The evidence of the decline can be seen in two areas: 1) the mad rush to impose as much “socialism” and bureaucracy as they can as quickly as they can and 2) the poisonous levels of rhetoric and scapegoating that are being leveled at those who don’t agree…publicly slandering half of the American public as “ignorant” and “racist” and now, in the most Orwellian example, “anti-American”.

Samuel Johnson wrote:


Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

And what we see currently unfolding around us is a perfect illustration of the actual context of Dr. Johnson’s statement, as opposed to the false meaning that’s been attributed to the phrase by the Left. Dr. Johnson’s true meaning was that when the demagogues begin to run out of arguments and excuses, they always attempt to paint their political opponents as unpatriotic traitors. We’ve seen this alot recently, especially with the tyrants in Venezuela and Iran. And now, we’re seeing the Democratic Party level these sorts of accusations at American citizens.

All of which brings us to the bad news. I’m paraphrasing here, but Dean Acheson once said something along the lines of this regarding the inescapable nature of reality:


A thing that cannot be sustained must necessarily end.

The West’s entitlement cultures are unsustainable, and as such, they will end. And for a people who are as pampered as Westerners are, it’s going to be a painful and difficult process. But…it’s a necessary one. And when we come out on the other side, we will be a better civilization for it.

rvastar on April 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM

You know, Crist could ahve recovered from his embrace of Obama, the problem is that he would have had to admit that it had been a mistake.

And he just wasn’t willing to do that.

That, IMHO, is one of the biggest things that makes him utterly unqualified for office.

Greg Q on April 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

This poor weenie probably has no job prospects after elected office. Wait . . . . he could be the next George Hamilton pushing tanning oil!

kens on April 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Rahm was hanging out in the Congressional locker room…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2010 at 7:10 AM