Rubio’s new ad: Crist, in his own words

posted at 12:15 pm on April 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If Charlie Crist announces an independent bid for the US Senate today as widely expected, can anyone doubt that this will be one of the most effective political ads of the year? Marco Rubio speaks volumes by letting Crist do all the talking:

We’ve played this before, as have many bloggers and media outlets, but blanketing Florida airwaves with this ad (or a shorter version of it) will force Crist to ask a very uncomfortable question — what changed since March 28th? Neither he nor Rubio have made any policy changes during that period of time. The national GOP hasn’t changed its position regarding the race; the NRSC still has its endorsement of Crist in place. That actually makes Crist the establishment Republican candidate, at least until 5 pm ET today.

The only answer that will make sense to Florida voters is that Crist can’t get elected as a Republican in 2010. Crist was “very proud” to remain in the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan as long as it remained the party of … Charlie Crist. It’s pure self-interest, arguably accompanied by an impulse for self-destruction.

Update: Crist is giving “pro-rated” refunds to donors this afternoon, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Update II:  The NRSC has removed Crist from its website, reportedly since yesterday.


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LIAR!!!!!

Winebabe on April 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM

“You lie!”

Joe Wilson

VegasRick on April 29, 2010 at 12:19 PM

*snort*

Intrepid on April 29, 2010 at 12:19 PM

From his website:

“To put these rumors to rest once and for all, as we have said countless times before, Governor Crist is running for the United States Senate as a Republican. He will not run as an Independent or as a No Party Affiliation.

“The Governor is proud of his conservative credentials and stands firmly behind the principles of limited government and more personal freedom, the bedrock values of the Republican Party. He is proud to be a member of the Party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.

“This should completely and utterly put to rest any of the unfounded rumors coming from the Rubio campaign that Governor Crist would run as anything other than the Republican that he is.

Those dang unfounded Rubio smears.

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Theodore Roosevelt?

So he’s running as a member of the Progressive Party.

forest on April 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Ouch. Somebody check Crist for a nosebleed – he just took one to the face.

badtemper on April 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

the NRSC still has its endorsement of Crist in place.

They removed him as a senate candidate on their website yesterday. They haven’t put him back.

AUINSC on April 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Harlots have more honor than a man who’s lost his soul.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Hope Jetboy has his stomach all primed and ready.

Enoxo on April 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM

The people don’t want him. Somebody tell him.

seven on April 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Awesome.

Looks like Crist needs to get his story straight, and scrub his page.

forest on April 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

He shall never be in a public office again. Of course, Obama may place him a plumb appointment.

jukin on April 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I still say this ad is premature.

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I can’t wait to see JetBoy eat his hat….and we all find out he has a wicked spray tan, just like his hero!

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Wallace did a great job at hammering him and Rubio did a great job by sitting there and not interjecting in the political suicide Crist was performing…

Odie1941 on April 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

He shall never be in a public office again. Of course, Obama may place him a plumb appointment.

jukin on April 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Obama doesn’t want him either, they’re not answering or returning his calls.

Enoxo on April 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

At the very least, Florida is going to be fun to watch.

myrenovations on April 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

People inclined to vote for Crist as an indie will not be affected too much by this ad.

What has changed since March 28th. Lots of Yankees coming down and endorsing the newest sexy Obama clone.

Squid Shark on April 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Marco Rubio speaks volumes by letting Crist do all the talking:

Silence is platinum.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

People inclined to vote for Crist as an indie will not be affected too much by this ad.

He needs to carry large percentages of both parties and the Indies. He hardly has them wrapped up. Video evidence of him repeatedly lying? It will be effective.

What has changed since March 28th. Lots of Yankees coming down and endorsing the newest sexy Obama clone.

Squid Shark on April 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Are we talking about the Oompa Loompa looking fellow who supports cap-and-trade and supported the stimulus legislation?

amerpundit on April 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

(_)__ <– NOM NOM NOM

Does that look like a hat? My ASCII skills are… weak to say the least.

Red Cloud on April 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

loser

PatriotRider on April 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Update: Crist is giving “pro-rated” refunds to donors this afternoon, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

And it begins…

Enoxo on April 29, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I can’t wait to see JetBoy eat his hat….and we all find out he has a wicked spray tan, just like his hero!

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

What’s wrong with a spray tan? Just trying to help folks out by paying for ObamaCare.

El_Terrible on April 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Boy I’m glad I live in Florida now. This year is going to be exciting.

txag92 on April 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Does that look like a hat? My ASCII skills are… weak to say the least.

Red Cloud on April 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Try:

_()_

rbj on April 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I can’t wait to see JetBoy eat his hat….and we all find out he has a wicked spray tan, just like his hero!

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM
What’s wrong with a spray tan? Just trying to help folks out by paying for ObamaCare.

El_Terrible on April 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

‘Orange’ you worried about being orange, El Terrible?

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Or for those with big heads:

_( )_

rbj on April 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Update: Crist is giving “pro-rated” refunds to donors this afternoon, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Pro-rated? JetBoy is going to need all of his money back for that Alka Seltzer after he eats the hat.

Knucklehead on April 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

People inclined to vote for Crist as an indie will not be affected too much by this ad.

What has changed since March 28th. Lots of Yankees coming down and endorsing the newest sexy Obama clone.

Squid Shark on April 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Hmmm, how many “yankees” were coming down in the past 9 months that evaporated Crists 35 point lead, to a 20 point loss???

And those “indies” are supposidly above partisan identity and rely on truth of the person running… yeah I dont see any loss of indies here…

Are you Crists internal pole?, I mean pollster?

Odie1941 on April 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Update: Crist is giving “pro-rated” refunds to donors this afternoon, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Crist pro-ration formula: Crist returns = donor contribution X ([days on which he converted from GOP to Independent, that is, 1]/[days from donation through date of conversion, that is, varies with donor]).

BuckeyeSam on April 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

FLAMING SKULLL! Oh, wait, wrong blog. My bad.

t.ferg on April 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Like we can trust Crist now? He’s the exact wrong type of person we need in Washington.

BackwardsBoy on April 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

When Crist lies, he repeats himself. Nice tell.

skree on April 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM

John Cornyn is demanding his own donations back.

Enoxo on April 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

FLAMING SKULLL! Oh, wait, wrong blog. My bad.

t.ferg on April 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

We get Humpbot here….get your pudding ready!

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Crist will have to justify his outrageous switch after that video.
He will probably say he is “deeply troubled” by the turn of events in Arizona and how the GOP is narrow minded and angry.
There is no way he can pull this off without pissing all over the GOP.
If he doesn’t then what will he say when he goes on all the morning shows….?

NeoKong on April 29, 2010 at 12:45 PM

COME ON CRIST…ADMIT IT GLOBALIST NEOCON…YOU HAVE A MANCRUSH ON OBAMA WHO WILL STAGE TERROR ATTACKS!

ADMIT IT!

BobAnthony on April 29, 2010 at 12:47 PM

It is beyond my comprehension why somebody would even consider voting for a guy like slickCrist. He’s obviously more passionate about himself than the voters of his state. Character and principles matter! This sleaze-ball has neither.

ClanDerson on April 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Update II: The NRSC has removed Crist from its website, reportedly since yesterday.

Definitely since yesterday. It was tracked in the other thread.

Abby Adams on April 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

One of the bloggers at AoSHQ put up a Crist article yesterday, with a drawing of a flaming bag of poop. Said Crist wasn’t worthy of a flaming skull.

GnuBreed on April 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Update II: The NRSC has removed Crist from its website, reportedly since yesterday.

Around 2:15 pm EDT. I was checking, and he disappeared about half an hour after a post went up here on his likely switch.

Wethal on April 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

People inclined to vote for Crist as an indie will not be affected too much by this ad.

People inclined to vote for a candidate will support the candidate of their choice? The deuce you say!

Independent voters sick of Washington and politics as usual, however, will likely respond to this ad quite well. It has a simple, brutally effective, message – Charlie Crist lies and cannot be trusted.

The best part about the ad from Rubio’s perspective is that it’s Crist himself delivering the message.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I think we’re all going to be very surprised come five o’clock…you’ll see…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Words matter, Skippy.

tru2tx on April 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

We get Humpbot here….get your pudding ready!

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

More of a melting bunny to me…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

TOAST

cmsinaz on April 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I think we’re all going to be very surprised come five o’clock…you’ll see…
JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

I hope you’re right, but the fact that his campaign is giving money back to donors is not a good sign.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I remember watching Crist make those statements during the FNS debate and wondering why on earth he did so. Did he really think he was going to come back within striking distance in the 30 days to follow? Seems like he’d have been MUCH better off preparing and delivering this answer: “I have a passion to serve the people of Florida who’ve twice elected me Governor. I think the place I can do the most good is in the US Senate and I’m keeping open every option for being able to serve in that capacity.”

I don’t think that would have had nearly the downside as the Rubio ad he ended up filming that day will.

Go Marco!

SoRight on April 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I think we’re all going to be very surprised come five o’clock…you’ll see…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Surprised at how well you can down a hat?

Enoxo on April 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I hope you’re right, but the fact that his campaign is giving money back to donors is not a good sign.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I don’t buy that, Slu…partly because it’s just a quick quip, but mostly because why would the campaign start doling out refunds this quickly, ahead of Crist’s official announcement? I mean, is that normal?

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM
More of a melting bunny to me…

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Melting bunny….yes. So, what wine do you pair with hat?

HornetSting on April 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I don’t buy that, Slu…partly because it’s just a quick quip, but mostly because why would the campaign start doling out refunds this quickly, ahead of Crist’s official announcement? I mean, is that normal?

A quick quip? Fantastic. How about we make this easier and you just tell me how exactly you want me to express my opinion in the future.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Does this mean Crist will be able to deduct his tanning bed taxes?

faraway on April 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

After observing politics closely for the last 5 years, my preferred new hobby will be making headcheese.

midlander on April 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

He shall never be in a public office again. Of course, Obama may place him a plumb appointment.

jukin on April 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

For what?

PackerBronco on April 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

A quick quip? Fantastic. How about we make this easier and you just tell me how exactly you want me to express my opinion in the future.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Not you, fool…the “article” in Ed’s link! It’s just a quick quip.

JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

For what?

PackerBronco on April 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Tan tax czar.

milwife88 on April 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Not you, fool…the “article” in Ed’s link! It’s just a quick quip.
JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Ah, I apologize.

Jerkface.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Not you, fool…the “article” in Ed’s link! It’s just a quick quip.
JetBoy on April 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Anyway, back to the discussion.

I think it’s a bad sign because it’s another data point in a ‘Crist is going to jump’ narrative. Combine this with the other signs, and it adds up to an unfortunate conclusion.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

And since sarcasm translates badly on pixels, the ‘jerkface’ above is entirely in jest.

I of course have no idea whether any of your faces are jerky.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Tan tax czar.

milwife88 on April 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Is the tanning bed tax the first tax for being white?

faraway on April 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Orange Crush.

Wethal on April 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM

If it does happen that Crist announces an indie run, and he loses in November, then this will go down as one of the most ill-conceived political moves ever. Maybe on par with the final two months of the Martha Coakley campaign in Mass.

If he would only announce that he is dropping his run for this year and will be supporting Rubio’s bid, and would be finishing out his term as governor, and maybe hinting at a run against Nelson in ’12, then THAT would be a good move.

But political power is such a heady thing, and the desire for it makes lame-brains of most.

Intrepid on April 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Crist lacks one thing — CHARACTER.

He cares more about his seat in the politburo than he does does life itself. It’s a base problem afflicting Washington.

tarpon on April 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM

He might as well come out of the closet now too.

joepub on April 29, 2010 at 1:24 PM

He might as well come out of the closet now too.
joepub on April 29, 2010 at 1:24 PM

How on earth did these rumors get started, honestly? I see this stuff in every Crist thread and I don’t get it.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Hat, It’s what for JetBoy’s dinner…

JohnBG on April 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Lying slimeball.

changer1701 on April 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

The Passion of the Crist.

portlandon on April 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I wrote that tongue-in-cheek, but the online rumors are rampant…would it surprise you if he were? not that there’s anything wrong with it.

joepub on April 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

I wrote that tongue-in-cheek, but the online rumors are rampant…would it surprise you if he were? not that there’s anything wrong with it.
joepub on April 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

It would surprise me, because I have the worst radar of any person I know.

Slublog on April 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

This announcement will be about as much of a surprise as the sun rising this morning was. No offense meant to anybody who was surprised that the sun rose this morning, though.

AUINSC on April 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

“Harlots have more honor than a man who’s lost his soul.”

Schadenfreude

I agree with you, amigo.

Whatever became of honor, accepting defeat, congratulating your opponent and then getting to work for your next try (if you choose to run again).

In 1980, Bill Clinton was ousted from the Arkansas Governor’s mansion and George H. W. Bush lost his primary bid to Ronald Reagan.

Irrespective of how we feel about them, they re-tooled and ran again and both attained the highest elective office.

They didn’t bolt their respective lifelong parties.

In Crist’s case, his party actually supported him over his primary opponent (which is one of the reasons that no conservative would think of contributing to the NRSC).

And he still ditches his party.

Crist is dead in the water.

I would bet that he falls to around 20% support in a week or two.

molonlabe28 on April 29, 2010 at 1:51 PM

For all you Crist fanboys, when was he lying, when he said on national TV that he was running as a Republican or when he announces that he is running as an Independent? Now I don’t want to influence your response, but there is only one correct answer. Hint: When his lips start to move…he’s getting ready to tell a whopper.

belad on April 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM

For all you Crist Rubio fanboys, when was he lying, when he said on national TV that he was running as a Republican Fiscal Conservative or when he announces that he is running as an Independent on his record as Speaker? Now I don’t want to influence your response, but there is only one correct answer. Hint: When his lips start to move…he’s getting ready to tell a whopper.

belad on April 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM

FIFY

Squid Shark on April 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

There must be a lot of money waiting for these elected officials at the end of the rainbow. Why else would anybody run, it’s not for the good of the country.

Kissmygrits on April 29, 2010 at 3:06 PM

The best part about the ad from Rubio’s perspective is that it’s Crist himself delivering the message.

..when your enemy is in the process of committing suicide, don’t interfere.

The War Planner on April 29, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Charlie Crist is pre-friggin-cisely why I will not give a penny to the Republican Party.

John Cornyn just today admitted that the public doesn’t want their candidates picked by the party chairman. Imagine that!

Mr. Grump on April 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

KOD= Kiss of Death (his campaign)

CynicalOptimist on April 29, 2010 at 3:15 PM

He shall never be in a public office again. Of course, Obama may place him a plumb appointment.

jukin on April 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

To The One, Crist is just a useful idiot. He’ll get nothing.

iurockhead on April 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Crist promised conservative values when he ran for Governor and was subsequently elected and quickly turned RINO as he broke many of his conservative campaign promises. So this move doesn’t surprise many here in Florida, especially here in Tallahassee. Crist now cannot be trusted for anything and I will not vote for him even for the job of dog catcher.

“Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice…”

Not fooling me a second time, Crist. Sorry, Charlie.

Carl on April 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

He should have never taken that correspondence course: “How to change parties…by Arlen Specter”.

right2bright on April 29, 2010 at 3:33 PM

squid shark,

I’m sure that you believe Crist is a great guy, but I think he has amply demonstrated that he is nothing more than a self-centered politician worried about his aggrandizement and ego more than the people of FL.

With that said, he would fit right in with the Washington crowd, but the Washington crowd is about to change and keep changing until the people that get elected realize that they work at the pleasure of the people and not the other way around.

BTW, changing the words in my post doesn’t alter the fact that Crist couldn’t man up and tell the truth. Maybe he doesn’t know what the truth is, even if it fell on him. He’s a liar and can’t be trusted.

belad on April 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

The only people who aren’t surprised are Floridians! Chuckie has always been out for himself.

When you hear, ” Crist is the consummate politician” translate to, “As long as it will fit with my inner narcissist, I’ll go along.”

What a waste of Oxygen!

GrayDog on April 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM

“And down goes Frasier!!!”
That is gonna leave a mark!
What is Crist thinking?

Haiku Guy on April 29, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Crist’s only viable argument is that the Republican Party let him down…and wait for him to use it in response to the ad.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on April 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Crist’s only viable argument is that the Republican Party let him down…and wait for him to use it in response to the ad.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on April 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM

The problem is he couldn’t convince enough Floridians that he wasn’t lying every time his lips moved.

belad on April 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM

You lie!

madmonkphotog on April 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Eating his own words will go down better with a bit of orange sauce…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2010 at 7:08 AM