Crist: I’m following Lincoln’s advice or something

posted at 4:45 pm on April 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

Question: Is there a single pundit anywhere on the conservative spectrum who still supports this tool? All the center-righties I’ve read are emphatically opposed, from Frum to John Avlon to Ross Douthat, who makes this trenchant point about electing careerists when there’s an entitlements tidal wave racing towards shore:

No doubt there will be some talk, in the wake of Charlie Crist’s completely unsurprising decision to run for Florida’s Senate seat as an independent, about how this shows that the intolerant Tea Party spirit is driving moderates out of the Republican Party. As I’ve argued before, this is exactly the wrong way to look at the case of Charlie Crist. The Florida governor may be a moderate in some sense, but his real loyalties are to cynicism, self-interest (though this time, I’m pretty sure that he’s misjudged where those interests lie), and the persistent pursuit of the budgetary free lunch. At a time when the country desperately needs politicians who are equipped to make tough choices, Crist’s record suggests that he’s the last person that anyone — conservative or liberal — should want to see in a position of responsibility in Washington D.C.

Quite so. In fact, look no further than that Fox News Sunday debate held a few weeks ago for proof. When pressed on social security reform, Rubio insisted that raising the retirement age has to be on the table — a ballsy stance given Florida’s demographics, needless to say. Care to guess where Sunshine Charlie came down on the same issue?

Today’s meme du jour is that Crist, by splitting the Republican vote, could propel Meek to victory, but have a look at this fascinating new poll. Yeah, Crist leads, but don’t focus on that. Focus on this:

The poll shows Crist taking more votes from Meek than Rubio. Crist actually does better with Democrats than Meek, with 41 percent of them saying they would vote for him compared to 31 percent for Meek.

Crist pulls in 22 percent of Republicans, compared to 56 percent for Rubio.

While Crist projects himself as a conservative/moderate, he gets more support from people who consider themselves liberals than Meek – 43 percent to 33 percent.

Crist pulls in 36 percent support from blacks, compared to 45 percent for Meek.

Remember, according to yesterday’s projections, Crist would need roughly 30 percent of the vote from both Democrats and Republicans in order to stand a chance in November. As it is, he’s already well under the mark among GOPers and is bound to collapse among Dems (especially black voters) as Meek’s name recognition spreads. Not only that but, surprisingly for an incumbent governor, he didn’t have much of an organization in place before yesterday’s big switch; now that people are bailing out, including cronies who owe their careers to him, it’s bound to be even more bare-bones. Oh, and thanks to the vagaries of Florida’s election laws, his name’s set to appear no higher than ninth on the ballot in the fall. Says pollster Jim McLaughlin, “I would make a pretty good bet he not only will not win, he will run an embarrassing third.” Indeed.

Here he is this morning on “Today” name-checking Lincoln and and describing his sudden intellectual awakening to the fact that primaries necessarily limit voters’ options in November. One mild surprise: Meredith Vieira practically begs him to follow Specter’s lead by saying that he didn’t leave the party, the darned wingnuttified party left him, but Crist doesn’t take the bait. No matter how much Republicans hate him, he still needs that 30 percent of GOPers, so don’t expect many attacks from him on the party at large. Fun to watch, though.

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Update: Actually, this video’s even more fun. Five different interviewers are playing a tune here. Dance, Charlie, dance!

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FAIL

trapeze on April 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

EPIC FAIL

trapeze on April 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Definitely “or something”.

ray on April 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Test

J.E. Dyer on April 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Charlie ‘tan in a bottle’ Crist — RINO from the start … Now you know what people were talking about way back when.

or something works for me.

tarpon on April 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Yay!!

J.E. Dyer on April 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Man… this guy is such a fricking loser

LurkerDood on April 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

And how many of that 22% know he supports cap-and-trade and campaigned with Barack Obama for stimulus?

amerpundit on April 30, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Who (if anybody) is advising this guy?

davek70 on April 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

There has to be an easier and more cost effective way to announce to the nation, “My political career is over.”

trapeze on April 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Who (if anybody) is advising this guy?

davek70 on April 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

College Sophomores… & they are all drunk.

This is probably more true than you think.

tetriskid on April 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Did he say Abraham Lincoln? I’d swear he’s following Blanche Lincoln’s advice instead and her *ss is going to lose a Senate race this year, too.

teke184 on April 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I really doubt Crist will cause us to lose this seat… Meeks and the scummy Billionaire are losers…

ninjapirate on April 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Is there a single pundit anywhere on the conservative spectrum who still supports this tool?

Only if they work for MSNBC and they have the last name Scarborough. He thinks the Oompaloompa still has a chance. Then again, you were asking about conservative…

CTSherman on April 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

OT… new site menu sucks /end rant

gatorboy on April 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Who (if anybody) is advising this guy?

davek70 on April 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

College Sophomores… & they are all drunk.

This is probably more true than you think.

My money is on The Psychic Network.

trapeze on April 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Not only that but, surprisingly for an incumbent governor, he didn’t have much of an organization in place before yesterday’s big switch;

Why is it surprising? Remember how much of a narcissist this man is. He presumed he’d easily walk away with the GOP nom. He wasn’t anticipating having to put together an organized plan for the campaign until later.

Vyce on April 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

From what I’ve seen of Crist, the only advice he takes is tanning advice from George Hamilton.

BuckeyeSam on April 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Holy Crist.

5u93rm4n on April 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Sunshine Charlie

I like it…

Who ever is advising him to go on TV and look like an idiot needs to get a raise.

Seven Percent Solution on April 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Who (if anybody) is advising this guy?

davek70 on April 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Steve Schmidt

LurkerDood on April 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Says pollster Jim McLaughlin, “I would make a pretty good bet he not only will not win, he will run an embarrassing third.”

Not only that, he’ll probably be in the teens. Republican voters will abandon him. No conservatives(real ones, not Frumians) will support him. And the Dems will get behind Meek by election day.

Doughboy on April 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Holy Smokes!!

Charlie needs to learn the first rule of holes.

jukin on April 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Thank you Crispy for showing everybody exactly what a RINO is. No more self serving weasels pretending to be “for the people”, Crispy has done us all a favor in example as to why we need principled conservatives to straighten out this countries problems.

tool

Heh heh, he said “tool”

Jerome Horwitz on April 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Lincoln: The Great Emancipator
Crist: The Human Traffic Cone

Cicero43 on April 30, 2010 at 5:07 PM

He’s an idiot.

terryannonline on April 30, 2010 at 5:07 PM

As one of the people, permit me to speak as a conservative without party affiliation:
GO TO HELL.
The best of luck you sell out bastard.

JeffinOrlando on April 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

A legend in his on mind.The next ad boy for suntan in a bottle.

thmcbb on April 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

He could have run in 2012. Now he messed up his chances. He especially has no chance if Rubio ends up losing because of him.

terryannonline on April 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

When he hits single digits in the polls, what is the over under that he endorses the donk?

Or…. how many hats will be eaten when he endorses the donk?

jukin on April 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

From what I’ve seen of Crist, the only advice he takes is tanning advice from George Hamilton.

BuckeyeSam on April 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

WINNER

Pasalubong on April 30, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Ouch. Embarassing. I think all those folks in St. Pete and the Panhanle etc sandbagged Ole Charlie. No doubt they are part of a Tea Party conspiracy to get Charlie to sabotage himself and his future “viability”.

JimP on April 30, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Crist (on the phone to Rahm’s assistant deputy deputy): ‘But it worked for dear Arlene….’

Sir Napsalot on April 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Well, not so fast. That Douthat passage isn’t actually one to agree with. Everything Douthat outlines is descriptive of the average liberal Democrat. It isn’t true that Crist is someone liberals shouldn’t/wouldn’t want. Cynicism, self-interest, budgetary free lunch? If excusing left-liberals on that head is anything more than an illogical rhetorical flourish, Douthat needs to stop with the political editorializing and stick to reviewing movies.

Crist isn’t working for conservative Republicans today for precisely the reason the political left sees him as Arlen II.

J.E. Dyer on April 30, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Crist actually does better with Democrats than Meek

Crist (Friday evening dump): “On second thought, I might just join the great Democrat Party.”

Sir Napsalot on April 30, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Will I suddenly become famous if I endorse Crist? I would pretty much be the only one, right?

Listen up, you teabaggers! Charlie Crist is doing this for the children. You people don’t know what diabolic plan that Rubio has in his coconut head. The man wants to mandate Rubrik’s Cube in school! That’s right, the darn thing that you could never figure out. Don’t do this to your precious ones. Vote Crist.

year_of_the_dingo on April 30, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Fer cryin’ out loud already. Will somebody please kick this mid-August dried-up dog turd off the sidewalk and into the gutter? Now?

Doorgunner on April 30, 2010 at 5:39 PM

“It frustrates the people more than anybody, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Crist around 1:50 in the first video

So that explains it!

cschande on April 30, 2010 at 5:43 PM

He could have run in 2012. Now he messed up his chances. He especially has no chance if Rubio ends up losing because of him.

terryannonline on April 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

He could have worked on his tan for a year. And then he “coulda been a contenda.”

BuckeyeSam on April 30, 2010 at 5:46 PM

The guy is cringe inducing.

rickyricardo on April 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Just to think he married that lady so he could be a senator…all that misery for nothing… He will lose big!

CCRWM on April 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM

I saw this morning he was on “Morning Joe” and swear Joe had to tell Mika B. to quit rolling her eyes and laughing at his interview answers. He was being questioned by their “panel” who were using him to their amusement.

Marcus on April 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

He isn’t fit to hold Lincoln’s hat.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

https://www.marcorubio.com/fliptheswitch/

I donated this morning. The numbers were around 300 new donors and it has increased to over 1300 now. He needs another thousand to real his goal on this drive.

Marcus on April 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM

POSTED AT 4:45 PM ON APRIL 30, 2010 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

All the center-righties I’ve read are emphatically opposed, from Frum

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Duh Conservative In Name Only (CINO) Frum the RINO being a Palin-basher, a Ryan-basher, a Boener-basher, a DeMint-basher, a Rove-basher,…, par excellence suck up to NObama is center-righties ??
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WRONG please get all your facts correct
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mathewsjw on April 30, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Double Fail with cheese

FlickeringFlame on April 30, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I’d swear he’s following Blanche Lincoln’s advice

At least for the hair and makeup.

Emperor Norton on April 30, 2010 at 7:02 PM

What color is Crist? How did he end up so… Annoying Orange?

Akzed on April 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I’m just shocked they could find 22% of Republicans retarded enough to support him.

rrpjr on April 30, 2010 at 7:34 PM

When is JetBoy eating his hat? Did I miss it?

Too much time in the tanning bed has fried Charlie’s brain…

JohnBG on April 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM

I’m just shocked they could find 22% of Republicans retarded enough to support him.

rrpjr on April 30, 2010 at 7:34 PM

It’s probably the 22% that don’t watch the news.

JohnBG on April 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Another one’s gone and another one’s ones gone, Another one bites the dust! Hey! Hey! Another RINO bites the dust!

chickasaw42 on April 30, 2010 at 11:13 PM

The closest Crist ever got to Lincoln was being a Log Cabin Republican.

Terrie on May 1, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Message:

Charlie Crist is people.

Charlie Crist is made out of people.

aquaviva on May 1, 2010 at 4:44 AM