Crist: I could vote for a Democrat as Senate Majority Leader

posted at 12:20 pm on May 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s important to remember that this same man told a Fox News Sunday audience five weeks ago that the Republican Party was “wonderful” and that he was “very proud” of it. Charlie Crist sings a much different song for David Gregory on NBC’s Meet the Press today. When Gregory asks Crist with which party Crist will choose to caucus, Crist tries to dodge it, saying he’ll “caucus with the people of Florida,” a nonsensical response that Gregory won’t allow to pass. Eventually, Crist declares that he could vote for a Democratic Majority Leader in the upper chamber as easily as a Republican:

GREGORY: “Would you vote for a Republican or a Democratic Majority Leader?”

CRIST: “I might not vote for either one. I’m going to vote for who I think would be best for the people of Florida. And if that happens to be a Democrat, so be it. If it happens to be a Republican, so be it. But I’ve got to look out for the people of my state.”

Oh, my. Joe Lieberman didn’t go that far when running as an independent. Everyone knew that Lieberman would caucus with the Democrats; the bigger question was whether the Senate Democrats would allow him to do so.

Many have questioned Crist’s sense in abandoning his party for a one-shot run at the US Senate, and this will only deepen the conviction that Crist has completely taken leave of his senses. Does he really believe that in 2010 the electorate wants to endorse current Democratic leadership in Congress? How many independents does he think he’ll win by assuring them that he’ll vote to maintain the status quo if he goes to Washington?

Crist has become a Party of One, trying to join a Caucus of One. That’s likely to be a great description of the rest of his political career.


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Obsessed with self importance, something a lot of people knew long ago.

tarpon on May 2, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Im begining to think Christ is a chameleon. He changes his color to whatever the background is.

Works for his politics as well.

William Amos on May 2, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I wonder what Crist likes on his TOAST…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 2, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Jelly.
:)

Lanceman on May 2, 2010 at 1:56 PM

An ego that large must be an incredible burden to bear.
n0doz on May 2, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Obviously. It’s unfortunate that the people of Florida took so long to figure that out.

logis on May 2, 2010 at 1:56 PM

One might wonder if Crist is more worried about crossing the Dems than the GOP. Which group has the best dirt?

katiejane on May 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I still don’t understand why he didn’t wait for 2012. Does he think that running on a platform of “help me get what I am entitled to by virtue of being an incumbent” is a winning position this year?

Fred 2 on May 2, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Unfortunately, it won’t be easy to take down Bill Nelson in 2012. He’s a strong incumbent without a lot of vulnerabilities, is easygoing and personable, and does not have a penchant for foot in mouth disease. Which is exactly why Crist didn’t wait. Going up against Nelson would be hard work, not a pretty prospect for a guy who thinks he is entitled. Crist has never had a difficult election, and he knows he wouldn’t beat Nelson.

entropent on May 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Charlie has only been governor since 2007. This pattern of flitting from job to job fits his mode so far – use the current job to springboard into the next job. During his term as governor, the only lasting thing that he will have accomplished will be to put the taxpayers on the hook for the next Cat 5, as he ran off the private insurance market in the name of stumping for the peeps. So…the question is….what job does he have his eye on, as history suggests that he won’t serve out his 6 year term as Senator.

Secondly, what EXACTLY will he bring to the table as a junior Senator with no party platform? Neither the Repubs or Dems will trust him, and he won’t get any plum committee assignments. He will be in a very poor position to be an advocate for the state.

I remember when Ted Kennedy was asked in 1980 why he was running for President. He had no coherent answer. Neither does Charlie.

johnboy on May 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Obsessed with self importance, something a lot of people knew long ago.

tarpon on May 2, 2010 at 1:55 PM

God picked him. *haha

AnninCA on May 2, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Crist sole purpose, I suspect, is to siphon votes from the Democrat not the Republican Conservative.
Florida has a large African American community that might be compelled to get out the vote for Meeks, it also has Jews who are so hardcore Dems voters they’d vote a Democrat even if they were caught eating aborted fetus sandwiches.
Crist siphons Democrat leaning Indpendents and moderate Democrats, assuring win for Rubio.

LeeSeneca on May 2, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Do you hear that Senator Cornyn?

Do you see what the NRSC has endorsed?

molonlabe28 on May 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM

You people need to stop picking on my wonderful governor.

Lanceman on May 2, 2010 at 1:47 PM

We got a new governor? Did I pull a Rip Van Winkle?

katy the mean old lady on May 2, 2010 at 2:54 PM

In seven months, mean old lady.
Bill McCollum.

Lanceman on May 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

This caucus of one is a null set.

Akzed on May 2, 2010 at 3:12 PM

In seven months, mean old lady.
Bill McCollum.

Lanceman on May 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

I’m ounting the days!

katy the mean old lady on May 2, 2010 at 3:13 PM

it also has Jews who are so hardcore Dems voters they’d vote a Democrat even if they were caught eating aborted fetus sandwiches.

Crist siphons Democrat leaning Indpendents and moderate Democrats, assuring win for Rubio.

LeeSeneca on May 2, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The sandwiches would be a vote getter.

CWforFreedom on May 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Crist is just one of many RINOs that are going to face the reality of being rebuked by the voters. This is embarrassing to watch the governor of Florida grovel like a crack whore.

volsense on May 2, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Charlie Crist, where did it all go so wrong?

JohnGalt23 on May 2, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Hat’s off to Jetboy for being honorable.

Thankyou.
From a Panhandle Floridian.

Oxrock on May 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM

he still looks like he smells like Jergen’s lotion.

But for every icky Crist you see there’s a hundred scurrying behind the Team R refrigerator.

happyfeet on May 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

One might wonder if Crist is more worried about crossing the Dems than the GOP. Which group has the best dirt?

katiejane on May 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Which is more likely to use it?

2ipa on May 2, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Crist on MTP: “I’m an Independent.”

Crist on FNC five weeks ago: “I’m a Republican.”

nickj116 on May 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM

The lack of integrity and anything approaching loyalty is appalling. Crist and Specter can commiserate come November.

MCPO Airdale on May 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

..when you are deep in a hole, the idea is to stop digging..a concept foreign to this doofus.

The War Planner on May 2, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Crist has become a Party of One, trying to join a Caucus of One. That’s likely to be a great description of the rest of his political career.

I thought that there could only be a single…solitary…unblemished…unaccompanied….and altogether victorious…… One…..

Charlie, on the Party of One bus….well, there is only one seat (cue kid on Forrest Gumps bus)…..”it’s taken…”

He Won. (but he’ll hug ya anyway.)

ted c on May 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

There’s a word for Chuck Crist. That word is prostitute

Wind Rider on May 2, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Will suck caucus for votes.

justltl on May 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Embarrassing. Really, really embarrassing. Watching a human being,[who isn't a serial killer or Hitler etc] degrade themselves to this extent is discomforting to watch. And he’s doing it for a political office. IMO, that’s like begging to become a skank. This is worse than McCain’s shameless, undignified attempts to remake himself into TAFKAM. Hopefully November will deliver us from these wretched ‘men’ who have sold their souls for less than Judas received. We need men and women like Washington. Not these poor, pathetic, pitiable souls who crave the spotlight and the false bonhomie of D.C.

JimP on May 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM

crist, don\’t go away mad, just go away………..you are over.

RealMc on May 2, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Pure slime.

JellyToast on May 2, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Don’t know Crist except superficially, but he is surely beginning to sound desperate. Maybe he has no other job prospects except in politics?

jeanie on May 2, 2010 at 5:11 PM

This guy has zero political instincts and any sense of political timing or even a grasp of political reality.

This man is TOAST!!! Dumb*ss

karenhasfreedom on May 2, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Hey yo. Whadevah id takes.

justltl on May 2, 2010 at 5:13 PM

This two-bit, self serving jackass must be beaten.

rplat on May 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

The saddest thing is is that anyone beyond Crist’s mother would vote for such an obvious lying opportunist backstabber.

The sane L.O.B.s usually wait util AFTER the election to show their true colors so plainly.

LegendHasIt on May 2, 2010 at 5:41 PM

How about a Democrat Minority Leader?

Rubio for FL, Rossi for WA.

Steve Z on May 2, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Pick one and go with it, Chuckles.

justltl on May 2, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Gray. Davis.

madmonkphotog on May 2, 2010 at 6:07 PM

a Party of One, trying to join a Caucus of One

Tombstone material…

Khun Joe on May 2, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Fredo Corleone

Pathetic.

Saltysam on May 2, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I see Ann in Central Amsterdam has honored us with her infinite wisdom!
Charlie must be going to the same tanning salon as Boehner;
They’re run by ACORN, and serviced by SEIU.

Cybergeezer on May 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

This sorry piece of expensive dung will be responsible for Meek getting placed into a position he has as much justification for occupying as Obama.

Cybergeezer on May 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM

undignified attempts to remake himself into TAFKAM. ……
JimP on May 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM

What does TAFKAM stand for?

Red State State of Mind on May 2, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I’m still waiting for JetBoy and his hat…

What happened to SquidShark?

JohnBG on May 2, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Mr. JetBoy was very gracious I saw earlier.

happyfeet on May 2, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Crist is a criminal if He if can support a dem, all of whom are criminals

proconstitution on May 2, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Orange you glad that you are not a totally loser like Orange Charlie?

That still makes me laugh like a five year old!

margategop517 on May 2, 2010 at 9:56 PM

There’s a word for Chuck Crist. That word is prostitute

Wind Rider on May 2, 2010 at 4:20 PM

O
M
G
.

leftnomore on May 3, 2010 at 2:55 AM

Will suck caucus for votes.

justltl on May 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

THIS is what I was OMG’ing.

leftnomore on May 3, 2010 at 2:56 AM

I hate to come across as picking on petty details, but I think a better indication of Crist’s mental state is his…shirt.

The man is running for United States Senate from a state that has a disproportionate number of old people. Yet he goes on Meet The Press wearing what amounts to a tee shirt? What the hell was he thinking? It was a remote interview, too. Jeez. Even if he was going golfing afterwards, he coulda worn dress shirt, tie, and jacket for the interview.

Jaynie59 on May 3, 2010 at 6:49 AM

The hits just keep on coming from Charlie Crisp, charter member in the Joe Biden Tanning Club for Men.

olesparkie on May 3, 2010 at 7:38 AM

REDSTATE: TAFKAM is the acronym for Allahpundits hilarious send up of McCain claiming that he was NOT a maverick a couple of weeks ago. Allah referred to him as “The Artist Formerly Known As Maverick” which is a parody of Prince when he changed his ‘name’. Since then, we who read AP’s joke on Mac have often been referring to Mac as TAFKAM.

JimP on May 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Charlie is doing the best job of representing ….Charlie. If elected he will continue to do a great job of representing his interests.

jpmn on May 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Crist has become a Party of One, trying to join a Caucus of One. That’s likely to be a great description of the rest of his political career.

What political career?

Aronne on May 3, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Charlie, there is only one person you are looking out for in your state, namely the guy you see in the mirror every day!

I didn’t think vampires had reflections.

The Monster on May 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Pure “orange” pond scum.

rplat on May 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM

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