Dems set to back Crist in Florida?

posted at 2:20 pm on June 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

With their preferred candidate tanking in the three-way polling in Florida, one might expect Democrats to welcome a challenger in the primary — especially one who can self-fund in a tough year.  The party strategists don’t want to have the Democrats associated with Jeff Greene, the billionaire who made a killing betting against the housing bubble and who represents the kind of investor that their class-warfare arguments routinely target.  Instead, Politico reports that they’re floating the idea of backing Charlie Crist if Greene wins the primary:

The emergence of a politically unknown billionaire self-funder in the Florida Senate race is prompting top Democrats in the state to say publicly what some have been whispering for weeks: If Jeff Greene, who got rich betting on the collapse of the housing market, becomes their nominee, many in the party will have the cover they need to get behind Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist.

Establishment Democrats in Florida, for now, are sticking with Rep. Kendrick Meek, who lags far behind in early general election polls against Crist and Republican Marco Rubio. Yet with Greene promising to drop at least $40 million of his fortune on the primary and pulling neck and neck with Meek in one survey, Sunshine State Democrats are beginning to consider the increasingly realistic prospect that their nominee might be a “meltdown mogul” — one who collects erotic art, had Mike Tyson serve as his best man and once hosted “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss as a house guest.

Faced with such an awkward possibility, many influential Democrats indicated that supporting Crist — who has quickly moved leftward since leaving the GOP — or just remaining quiet would be the better of the unenviable options.

It’s a little hard to take this seriously.  For one thing, Crist himself faces a political and potentially a legal scandal with the arrest and prosecution of his hand-picked party chair Jim Greer.  Are we to believe that a man who legally made hundreds of millions of dollars expertly predicting the collapse of the housing bubble is somehow more culpable than a Governor who arguably turned a blind eye to corruption?

Nor does it make sense to sit on the sidelines, no matter how much of a problem Greene becomes for their national “rich hunt” narrative this fall.  When a political party fails to deliver a credible candidate for a state-wide election, it can damage their prospects for years, both at the ballot box and in fundraising.  One only need look at what happened to the Illinois GOP when Alan Keyes carpetbagged into the US Senate campaign against Barack Obama in 2004 to confirm this.  Abandoning the candidate who won the primary to back Florida’s version of Arlen Specter, or sitting out the race entirely, makes no sense at all.

Besides, isn’t a little hypocritical for Democrats to worry about “erotic art,” especially after leaping to the defense of such publicly-funded masterpieces as “Piss Christ” and the elephant-dung Madonna in their zeal to protect funding for the National Endowment for the Arts?  After all, Greene didn’t use taxpayer money to buy his art.

It’s a little puzzling why Democrats would bother to either bluff or warn in this instance.  While Kendrick Meek is certainly a more rational candidate than Keyes was in 2004, he hasn’t shown any ability to rise to the occasion against either Crist or Marco Rubio.  He consistently trails both in polling for a three-way race, when a Democrat should be taking advantage of the split in the GOP to at least get to second place.  Why not encourage Greene to use his millions to push the obvious also-ran out of the way and attempt to get competitive in Florida for themselves?

Addendum: Thanks to Andrew Malcolm for the pic.


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WHERE… did you get that pic from with Crist eyeballing that young nubile nymphet’s loverly hiney?

44Magnum on June 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

wonder if he’ll give back their money after they dump him too

lm10001 on June 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Crist would paint himself black and wear a Malcolm X shirt if he thought that would help.

Bishop on June 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

LMAO thats an effing awesome pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amadeus on June 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Caught that photo on Malcolm’s piece earlier.

Or maybe it’s caught that piece on Malcolm’s photo…

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JammieWearingFool on June 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

It’s a little hard to take this seriously.

Come on… Tax Cheats, Blago, Pay to Play, Bribes… to democrats, a conviction is resume enhancement. Just ask Marion Barry!

lm10001 on June 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Besides, isn’t a little hypocritical for Democrats to worry about “erotic art,” especially after leaping to the defense of such publicly-funded masterpieces as “Piss Christ” and the elephant-dung Madonna in their zeal to protect funding for the National Endowment for the Arts?

Dung reclamation and reuse is the original green movement. I think it might be cool to have a funeral pyre fueled with dung from local animals.

The Race Card on June 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I HATE charlie crist almost as much as barack obama. I hate them so much I won’t even capitalize the first letters of their names.

That’ll teach ‘em.

portlandon on June 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

If that was almost any other man I would say he was ogling the girl’s backside, however since it is Crist, he probably is actually looking for oil.

ExcessivelyDiverted on June 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Great pic. Nice tan. I hear the is a rising market in spray-on tanning shops on the southern beaches.

Electrongod on June 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Crist fits the demonrat role completely. He is a liar, has no morals and will do what he is told regardless of what his voters wishes are. The perfect scumbag will make a great addition to D.C.

volsense on June 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Check out how the LATimes used that photo.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/06/obama-speech-react.html

pedestrian on June 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

It’s a little hard to take this seriously. For one thing, Crist himself faces a political and potentially a legal scandal with the arrest and prosecution of his hand-picked party chair Jim Greer. Are we to believe that a man who legally made hundreds of millions of dollars expertly predicting the collapse of the housing bubble is somehow more culpable than a Governor who arguably turned a blind eye to corruption?

You’re talking about ‘Rats here, Ed. They view corruption as a rite of passage.

steveegg on June 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Addendum: Thanks to Andrew Malcolm for the pic.

duhhh, missed that one.

44Magnum on June 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Wow, they are really desperate to take this seat. Tells you something about how they think the rest of the Senate races are going to go.

Missy on June 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Photo Caption Contest:

“Hmmm, that’s the same thong I have.”

-Orangeman

red winger on June 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

HECK YES on that photo.

blatantblue on June 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM

ExcessivelyDiverted on June 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM

The Oompa-Loompa is wondering why his skin is orange but hers is a nice bronze.

Holger on June 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Crist would paint himself black and wear a Malcolm X shirt if he thought that would help.

Bishop on June 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The orange glow would shine through … no? :)

30 pcs of silver on June 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Besides, isn’t a little hypocritical for Democrats to worry about “erotic art,” especially after leaping to the defense of such publicly-funded masterpieces as “Piss Christ” and the elephant-dung Madonna in their zeal to protect funding for the National Endowment for the Arts? After all, Greene didn’t use taxpayer money to buy his art.

Not using taxpayer money to buy “erotic art” is the problem, at least for our “friends” on the Left.

steveegg on June 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Now, that’s one kickin’ ass. 8-)

TXUS on June 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Strange that somehow Jeff Greene’s money is tainted but George Soro’s money is sought after and is thought to be well earned.

fourdeucer on June 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I’ll say it for the umpteenth time. Any Republican or conservative who votes for Crist is insane. Whether the Democrat Party officially endorses him or not, he’s running as a damn Democrat!

Doughboy on June 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM

That’s a dude.

JetBoy on June 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Here’s my money, I’m outta the contest already …….

Jerome Horwitz on June 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM

That picture does not exactly make me want to go into that water.

DaydreamBeliever on June 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Photo Caption Contest:

“Hmmm, I wonder if I could get her to pose for some erotic art?”

-Jeff Greene, Dem candidate for Senate

red winger on June 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Hmmmm, on second thought. I think the photo is staged to give Crist more hetero alpha male street cred. I live on the panhandle and I never see girls wearing thongs like that here.

ExcessivelyDiverted on June 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Classy picture Catholic Ed.

PrezHussein on June 16, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Photo Caption Contest:

Denial.

lorien1973 on June 16, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Now, that’s one kickin’ ass. 8-)

TXUS on June 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

LOL

Where ya been?

ladyingray on June 16, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Best pic ever!

WisCon on June 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Caption: “Wow, that sand is really white.”

portlandon on June 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM

You’re projecting. Meek is not going to win, and the only alternative for the Dems is to see the Republican/Tea Party/conservative candidate lose.

YYZ on June 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Here’s my money, I’m outta the contest already …….

Jerome Horwitz on June 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM

And then there were 3….

Doughboy on June 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Crist would paint himself black and wear a Malcolm X shirt if he thought that would help.

Bishop on June 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

He could O.D. on tanning pills like C. Thomas Howell did in the movie ‘Soul Man’.

ExcessivelyDiverted on June 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Men – Great pic!!!

Women – Gross, to be ogled by an old fart.

moonsbreath on June 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Ed, this post is a prime candidate for where you ‘accidentally’ post a supersized picture.

Vashta.Nerada on June 16, 2010 at 2:41 PM

The only reason Crist is checking out the hottie is that he’s trying to figure out why she’s so brown and he’s so orange.

Cicero43 on June 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

WHERE… did you get that pic from with Crist eyeballing that young nubile nymphet’s loverly hiney?

44Magnum on June 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Maybe Charlie is out secretly recruiting new talent for Captain KickAss’s Rump Rangers.

pilamaye on June 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM

OK. I have a guess about the photo!

Is this photo an example of people you can’t offer money to for services?

IlikedAUH2O on June 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Judging from the pic, it looks like Crist is confused about which hole to plug.

HellCat on June 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Crist looks like a leather purse I have.

Oh yeah, what’s the topic about again?

moonsbreath on June 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM

What an ass.

Also, that woman has a nice butt.

sheikh of thornton on June 16, 2010 at 2:46 PM

“What did I do with my tar balls?”

-Greek god Orange Julius

parteagirl on June 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I can see how hosting a notorious madam could be a problematic, and chumming around with Tyson might be an issue, but what is wrong with collecting erotic art?
I mean, as long as we’re not talking about just hard-drives full of porn, that is.

Count to 10 on June 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Charlie’s Greene will be the end of him yet …

tarpon on June 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Cmmon. Do you think Crist ISN’T thinking about oil (…well, lubricants at least) and ‘drilling’?

kurtzz3 on June 16, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Crist keeping an eye in his constituents?

Hot meet dog.

profitsbeard on June 16, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I have to say I like the caption from Malcom’s post, “Gov. Charlie Crist checks a Florida beach for signs of oil “

taznar on June 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

That picture proves Crist is at least as straight as Larry Marchant.

lorien1973 on June 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

“I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there.” — Larry the Cable Guy

John the Libertarian on June 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Sorry, the main post pic is about as fake as “The Passion of the Toys”… I call Photoshop fake!

meep on June 16, 2010 at 2:56 PM

I’d never vote for the idiot with the gray hair, but I would vote for the beauty in the black bikini!

I’m posting that photo in my man-cave…

Keemo on June 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Classy picture Catholic Ed.
PrezHussein on June 16, 2010 at 2:35 PM

OH PLEASE

blatantblue on June 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Caption: “Wow. I’d look Fabulousssssss in that.”

portlandon on June 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I call Photoshop fake!

meep on June 16, 2010 at 2:56 PM

You may have a point there. Check out the shadows. For the woman it’s breaking right, for Crist it’s breaking left.

John the Libertarian on June 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Yes, but what’s happening with our favorite Senate candidate, Alvin Greene, today?

ramrants on June 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Re: the picture

I thought Crist was supposed to be gay and got married only for politics. What happened to that meme?

ramrants on June 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

LOL at that pic.

visions on June 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM

What beach was that picture taken at? I never saw anything like that the times we were down there.

Mirimichi on June 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Wow that girl has a megawedgie.

Akzed on June 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I hope those girls don’t get any sand in their Schlitz. Remember that was a beer.

Mirimichi on June 16, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Mirimichi on June 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I was wondering that too.

I’d have to guess Sarasota or maybe the Keys? Miami maybe?

Further south you get, generally the water is more clear.

lorien1973 on June 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Warning, or bluff? Who knows? But I still hold firm to my belief, that Crist is being bankrolled by the dems. Especially when, if….IF he wins, he’ll promise to caucus with the dems.

Satan doesn’t work for free, and he’s not cheap. Crist will owe BIG TIME!!!

capejasmine on June 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM

3 asses on the beach…

JohnBG on June 16, 2010 at 3:24 PM

lorien1973 on June 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

We were down at the Keys a year and a half ago, and that place is San Francisco East. St. Pete beach and Passa Grille and Ft. DeSoto never had anything like this.

Mirimichi on June 16, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Please wife, don’t look at me looking. I was searching for spare change in the sand. I was about to sneeze and I didn’t want to sneeze on you. Huh, What did you say Honey? Could you repeat that.

PrettyD_Vicious on June 16, 2010 at 3:30 PM

No tramp stamps?

Thought they automatically appear in modern females when they reach puberty.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 16, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Mirimichi on June 16, 2010 at 3:26 PM

When did you go?

Depending on where you go on Ft Desoto, the water is real nice or it sucks. It’s weird. Its nicest near the fort (and slightly north of that), a lot worse north of that – at the far end.

Sarasota is beautiful.

Venice is cloudy, but good for finding shark’s teeth.

Certain parts of the keys are nice, at the right time of year. Lots of seaweed though. I’m not a huge fan of the keys, myself.

lorien1973 on June 16, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Photo Caption Contest:

Oh look, a head’s up penny!

Geministorm on June 16, 2010 at 3:33 PM

WHERE… did you get that pic from with Crist eyeballing that young nubile nymphet’s loverly hiney?

44Magnum on June 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

hahaha, I saw that pic on Yahoo and seriously, the caption said something about him checking for oil on the beach. He’s checking something alright.

scalleywag on June 16, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I don’t think this is what the democratic party in South Carolina and Florida had in mind when they were told to “Go Green.”

rbb on June 16, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I love that pic lol.

SoulGlo on June 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Addendum: Thanks to Andrew Malcolm for the pic.

No, God bless Andrew Malcolm for the pic!

Tanned Ass 2012!

ThePrez on June 16, 2010 at 3:53 PM

And no, I don`t mean Charlie, the other ass in the picture.

ThePrez on June 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I hope Greene wins. Let the dems fall behind Crist. Greene is going to spends lots of money and take more of the white dem vote. Rubio will be much more likely to win. Black dems will vote dem either way, regardless of Greene or Meek.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 16, 2010 at 4:15 PM

When I first saw the pic I thought that was Clinton (Bill) walking by BUTT it was Crist.

b1jetmech on June 16, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Hey Crist…crack kills, just ask Gore, or Edwards, or Sanford…

right2bright on June 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM

From my reading, Charlie Crist is a homosexual.

I saw the picture in association with a *fabulous* must-read article in the LATimes about Oilbama’s slick speech.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/06/obama-speech-react.html

This photo seems to be an attempt by the Left to “whitewash” Charlie’s -ahem – *preference,* for the sake of the palatability of Floridians this coming election cycle, as Oilbama would rather have a greasy (although KY is water-based…) RINO winning as “spoiler” than Marco Rubio.

Lockstein13 on June 16, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Wrong oil. Should be looking for petroleum spill not sun tanning oil.

Captain America on June 16, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Wow, do I like that picture that I clicked on to lead me here to comment about how much I liked that picture.
.
Do you think she knows what effect she has on men?

ExpressoBold on June 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM

That beach picture is clearly taken along the Emerald Coast around the Ft Walton/Okaloosa Beach.

jimw on June 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Women – Gross, to be ogled by an old fart.

moonsbreath on June 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Hahahaha

This Woman – I opened this post because I love men and love to read their comments about pretty girls.

baldilocks on June 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM

All the investor intrigue seems overwrought to me. Isn’t this calculus as simple as skin color? The Democrats cannot back a Republican against a black party hack Democrat, even a corrupt clown like Meek, or they will risk bursting the Black and gold bubble.

But if this fat, white Seth Rogan lookalike wins the nomination, it’s Realpolitik, baby! And all bets are off.

Seems to me.

Jaibones on June 16, 2010 at 10:36 PM

That beach picture is clearly taken along the Emerald Coast around the Ft Walton/Okaloosa Beach.

jimw on June 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I don’t know where it is…but I long to be there. And I hope it is far away from the crude bubbling up. Beautiful!

wi farmgirl on June 17, 2010 at 7:30 AM

No tramp stamps?

Thought they automatically appear in modern females when they reach puberty.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 16, 2010 at 3:32 PM

LOL, me too.

wi farmgirl on June 17, 2010 at 7:34 AM

The Race Card on June 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Put it in your will and I’ll ensure it happens for you.

We’re here for you, man!

hawkdriver on June 17, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Now, that’s one kickin’ ass. 8-)

TXUS on June 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Definitely!

Tim Burton on June 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM