Matthews: Crist will be the “new star of the Democratic Caucus”

posted at 2:55 pm on July 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Gee, how would Florida voters like to send support for Harry Reid or Chuck Schumer in next year’s Democratic leadership vote in the Senate? Chris Matthews thinks that electing Charlie Crist will do just that. While Crist has been quiet on which caucus he will join if elected to the US Senate, Matthews doesn’t have much doubt at all — and thinks that Crist will be a “star” among Democrats:

Jim Geraghty wonders whether Matthews is helping Crist, too:

How many Republicans will stay on the Crist bandwagon if they know a vote for him is a vote for Democrat control of the Senate?

Probably zero, but that’s not the bigger question here, since Crist is going to lose most Republicans anyway.  The question will be how many independents Crist will lose if he keeps aligning himself with the Democrats.  After all, the overarching momentum in both national and Floridian politics isn’t a surge in support for the Democratic agenda of both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  Independents oppose ObamaCare and the Obama administration’s direction on immigration.  Crist’s attempts to distance himself from his previous status as an establishment Republican will come back to haunt him if he winds up being more Democratic than Kendrick Meek.


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Matthews looks stoned.

truth2power on July 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Matthews: Crist will be the “new star TAN of the Democratic Caucus”

FIFY. Reid and Schumer are too pasty.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 6, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Mathews isn’t smart enough to look stoned.

GoldenEagle4444 on July 6, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Poor Chris Tingle is in a desperate quest for ratings.

faraway on July 6, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Thanks for that declaration, Chris!

Oink on July 6, 2010 at 3:03 PM

While Crist has been quiet on which caucus he will join if elected to the US Senate, Matthews doesn’t have much doubt at all — and thinks that Crist will be a “star” among Democrats

Duh. This is why it’ll be mindblowing to me if Crist actually wins. I get that some Democrats will crossover and vote for him instead of Meek, but there is no excuse whatsoever for any Republicans and conservative independents to pick him over Rubio. Even the casual observer has to be aware by now that the guy is essentially running as a Democrat at this point.

Doughboy on July 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I would have thought he’d throw his support for Speaker to Willie Wonka.

trubble on July 6, 2010 at 3:04 PM

It will be interesting to see who is donating to Crist now that he has renounced the Republican party. Is the DNC giving any money to the Democratic candidate in Florida, or are they quietly sending contributions to the Crist campaign? I seem to remember reading something about some bigwig Dem now heading up the Crist campaign….

TeresainFortWorth on July 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Ode to Tingleberry ……

Tingle, tingle wannabe star,
How we wonder you got so far,
On the boob tube every night,
Confirming to all you’re not too bright.

fogw on July 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Well, it’s kind of irrelevant. Republicans will not take control of the Senate. The numbers are stacked against them. For Republicans to become the majority party in the Senate then the Dems would have to lose just about every seat in this cycle.

Personally I think highlighting how big of a self absorbed a**hole Crist is is good enough.

NotCoach on July 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Rubio showed his true pandering ways on immigration, and enthusiasm died.

PrezHussein on July 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Florida voters as dumb as Arizona voters…….stay tuned for the latest election results…….Christ and McCain in the Senate in 2011?

PappyD61 on July 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM

His absence of morals and fair weather convictions qualify him as their leader.

Patrick S on July 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM

TeresainFortWorth on July 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Jeff Greene. It’ll be a gawdsend if he wins. Right now, Meek is winning only black dems and the ultra left. Most white dems are voting for Crist, including the Jewish voters in Broward, etc. If Greene wins, he’ll spend a lot of money thinking he has a chance to buy the election. His background will prevent him from winning but is solid enough that he’ll take enough dems away from Crist for Rubio to win.

PrezHussein on July 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

He has the same position for the most part as Jeb, who’s the most popular GOPer in FL.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on July 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

In the same sense that a pole dancer is the “star” of a show, Crist will be the “star” of the Dimmocrats’ Caucus.

ya2daup on July 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Saving the other leg for Crist, Chrissy?

50sGuy on July 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM

What planet is Matthews on?

jukin on July 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Just more evidence that Crist is being helped along with dem (aka tax payer dollars) to win his election. He will caucus with the dems, as pay back for services rendered.

It seems to me though, Matthews is letting the cat out of the bag here. He doesn’t like Crist, but respects the seedy side of him.

capejasmine on July 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Tingles interjecting Crist as a winner is good news for Rubio. Maybe Olby will chime in with the same crap and make Rubio a slam dunk.

volsense on July 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Florida voters as dumb as Arizona voters…….stay tuned for the latest election results…….Christ and McCain in the Senate in 2011?

PappyD61 on July 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Thought this was universal knowledge, but there is no monolithic Florida.

The southern portion is made of dirty carpetbagging northeasterners who brought their sh1tty political leanings with them after retiring.

ClassicCon on July 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Good thing for Crist no one listens to Matthews. :)

irishspy on July 6, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I’m hoping President Hussein will come down to Florida to campaign for Cha-Cha Charlie. That should nail the coffin shut on his sleazy campaign once and for all.

ornery_independent on July 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM

He has the same position for the most part as Jeb, who’s the most popular GOPer in FL.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on July 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

If you’re talking about immigration, Rubio is actually way to the right of Jeb. Jeb supports amnesty, while Rubio is strongly opposed to amnesty and supports enforcement only. Also, I believe Rubio has come out in favor of the AZ law since the changes were made to it.

Jon0815 on July 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM

My apologies to the Floridians with common sense – but – what in the world are the rest of you thinking down/over there!?!

I guess my outrage is really directed at those who either cannot read a ballot, or do not have the strength to punch a damn hole on one.

tru2tx on July 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Poor Chris Tingle is in a desperate quest for ratings.

faraway on July 6, 2010 at 3:01 PM

His loyal viewers will allways watch him. Both of them.

In truth his viewership is so low that advertisers will start looking to spend their money elsewhere. Its the money, the eyeballs and all that.

dogsoldier on July 6, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Rubio is not for amnesty.Now, if amnesty is what Floridians want Crist is their man?

sandee on July 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM

This is a good time to be buying Rubio on Intrade. Rubio has tanked recently on there, after the most recent poll showed Crist 11 points ahead, but that poll was probably an outlier, every other poll had Rubio tied or only slightly behind. There hasn’t been a poll of FL in nearly a month, so we should be seeing some more soon (Rasmussen has been polling there every 3 weeks or so).

Jon0815 on July 6, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Time to hedge bets and get some GOP Senators to start kissing Crist’s butt. All secretive of course. Don’t want to make this a Scozzafava situation.

Speedwagon82 on July 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Jon0815 on July 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM

You’re right. Still, Rubio is pro-immigration and I think he’d want a more open visa program. It’s part of the reason he loves the US.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on July 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Who Crist caucuses with will depend on a lot how many seats each side has… and I just bet he goes with the Republicans…

ninjapirate on July 6, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Crist will not win this election as an indi.

Bank that. I know what the polls say right now – but it ain’t happenin’.

HondaV65 on July 6, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Great. Christ can be the head clown…Oh…you said caucusnot circus…nevermind.

kingsjester on July 6, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I’ve seen enough of Morning Joe to know that anything that originates there regarding Rubio/Crist is designed to make your head explode. Scarborough is vile. One segment the BP spill is not Obama’s fault and no reasonable voter will hold him responsible and next segment Oh is this awful for Rubio!

Marcus on July 6, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Nothing new. Only the naive haven’t sensed this, yet. However, it makes for a good anti-Crist commercial.

Schadenfreude on July 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Wow! Talk about losing votes for Crist. That Matthews ststement ought to do it. It’s a little like having Obama campaign for you. lol

jeanie on July 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Chris Matthews: Making campaign commercials for Marco Rubio since 2010.

dczombie on July 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I’m hoping we won’t have to even think about Schumer for too much longer.

Gary Berntsen GOP Choice to Challenge Schumer

Connie on July 6, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Sounds like ammunition for another Rubio campaign ad!

Khun Joe on July 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I’m a registered Florida independent. Rubio gets my vote. Done.

adamsmith on July 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Matthews looks stoned.

truth2power on July 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Matthews eyes are just blurry from the incredible whiteness of MSNBC’s on air liberals.

RJL on July 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

BTW Crissie had Specter in Penn till the very end.

Marcus on July 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Crist has underestimated the republican voters in Florida. Even though Dems out-number Reps in Florida by 800K, the republicans are more aware of the issues.

This is a midterm race and tends to favor republicans as far as turnout.

Crist can enjoy his walk on the beach with Obama until the next “real poll” comes out. The last poll was conducted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and they REFUSED to provide crosstabs.

Nelsa on July 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

How in the hell is Rubio not 20 points ahead of Crist? WTF is wrong with the people in this country!? They keep electing people who piss all over them, and then smile and say, “Yum, tastes like lemonade. Piss on me some more.” It’s simply inexplicable.

Rational Thought on July 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM

How in the hell is Rubio not 20 points ahead of Crist?…
Rational Thought on July 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM

He (Rubio) was 20 points ahead of Crist until Crist switched from republican to Independent.

Crist is just temporarily enjoying being tied with Rubio because Dems that would never vote for a republican now have a new choice.

Rubio often says, “I am running against two democrats but only one of them (Meek) is willing to admit it.”

Nelsa on July 6, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Crist recently held a fundraiser with Democrat trial attorneys for his campaign which speaks volumes and why any thinking person would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida. Crist has no core values at all and would bet his whole political career has been a scam on the voters. Tom Gallagher who Crist took out in the Republican primary in 2006 with dirty tricks has to be getting some enjoyment out of the fact that so many Republicans refused to believe Crist was a fraud and voted for him and in the end Crist was a fraud. Crist may have problems yet with Greer, the former GOP head he chose, as rumor has it that Crist’s wife took a trip to Europe on a FL GOP credit card. Crist never kept any money on him so he had his aides or Greer pay for everything with their GOP credit cards.

Waiting for the blacks to get furious at how the Dems are treating Meeks in favor of Crist. You can expect blowback if Crist courting Dems keeps up.

PhiKapMom on July 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM

PhiKapMom on July 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Spot on and BTW nice blog you have there.

Nelsa on July 6, 2010 at 5:37 PM

truth2power on July 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Or drunk.

Is there some way to display his BAC as he does his show?
I think that would boost his ratings.

Another idea for MSNBC.

How bout “Nooner with Matthews!”

Matthews could go across the country, stopping at hole in the wall bars and interview the noon-time drunk at the end of the bar!

DSchoen on July 6, 2010 at 7:33 PM

If Crist does win, look for him to switch to D on his first day in DC.

Kissmygrits on July 6, 2010 at 9:33 PM