Latest Crist site scrubbing: Bush tax cuts

posted at 4:50 pm on July 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Sometimes a politician has an honest change of position on key issues, even after a few years.  When they do, they will usually offer a detailed explanation of their thought process, hopefully convincing supporters that the change was merited by more and better information and/or a reapplication of first principles.  Other politicians who change their positions for political expediency just hope no one notices.

Guess which category Charlie Crist falls:

Charlie Crist is continuing his campaign to say and do anything to win an election by removing from his website all mention of supporting the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.  As the debate rages in Washington over whether to make these cuts permanent to provide some economic certainty to taxpayers and small business owners to help create jobs, Crist is continuing to move closer and closer to the Democrat establishment in Washington, D.C., by erasing statements from his website such as “Charlie Crist supports making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent.”

Before opting out of the Republican primary, that’s exactly what Crist said he supported:

Charlie Crist supports making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent.  If given the opportunity, Charlie Crist will vote to make permanent tax cuts within individual income brackets, a permanent tax cut on capital gains, a permanent end to the unfair death tax and the end of the unfair marriage tax penalty.  Congress must act in an expeditious manner to make these tax cuts permanent.  Failing to do so will result in millions of Americans with higher income taxes, increased tax on their investment and increased taxes on their business.

Now a search of Crist’s campaign website turns up nothing on the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.  It turns up nothing on the death tax.  It turns up nothing on the marriage tax penalty.  It turns up nothing on capital gains taxes.  No explanation is given on this scrubbing; apparently, Crist hoped no one would notice.

If Crist has an explanation for these changes, he should offer it to voters along with the scrubbing.  Does he think that rescinding these tax cuts won’t result in higher tax bills, more taxes on investments, and a bigger burden on businesses?  Voters in Florida would probably like to hear that explanation.  Perhaps Crist feels it necessary to hike taxes rather than cut spending in order to address the deficit issue.  If so, Crist should make that argument, as have a few others with more courage than sense.

Instead, Crist simply scrubbed his website and hoped no one would notice.  That tells voters all they need to know about Crist.  If given the opportunity to be opportunistic, Crist will seize it every time, mainly because he is his own first principle.


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I bet you can find all that missing stuff on Wikileaks now…

Skywise on July 28, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Crist hoped no one would notice.

Let all of us in Florida agree to not notice Charlie if he would just bow out of the race graciously like he should have done when Marco Rubio spanked him.

It’s amazing what fake tanning lotion can do to your mind.

VibrioCocci on July 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I remember yesterday Allah was complaining about a slow news day.

Oil Can on July 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

About the only big flip flop left for Crist is to go heterosexual.

Mark1971 on July 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

This man must not win. He must NOT win!

ThePrez on July 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Does Florida want another liar?

docflash on July 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I’ll say it for the 1000th time. If you live in Florida and vote for Crist, you’re a moron. Either that or a union hack, but I believe I already covered that with the moron part.

Doughboy on July 28, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Ultimate poster-boy for why people don’t trust politicians.

KeepOhioRed on July 28, 2010 at 5:00 PM

He’s a full dem now. The social issues were easy to get rid of for him because he’d always been liberal on those. Now he got rid of his fiscal conservatism. There was a time when he was the best fiscal gov according to CATO. No longer.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on July 28, 2010 at 5:00 PM

How many times is this snake going to try to shed his skin?

Crist’s new slogan should be “When you stand for everything you stand for nothing.”

Or…after November…”Will work for food.”

coldwarrior on July 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

About the only big flip flop left for Crist is to go heterosexual.

Mark1971 on July 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Jetboy and oompah loomphas hardest hit…

Branch Rickey on July 28, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Do you think President Obama should start worrying if Crist puts on more tanning lotion and talks about hope and change?

VibrioCocci on July 28, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Glenn Beck NOW!

ted c on July 28, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I know this turd will say anything to get elected, but in a year where Democrats and in particular liberals/socialists are taking a huge pounding, does he really think this is the way to do it?

Kelligan on July 28, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Maybe he is relieved he can now show his true colors.

IowaWoman on July 28, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Jetboy and oompah loomphas hardest hit…

Branch Rickey on July 28, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I disavowed my support for Crist when he went indy. I was “hoodwinked” and “bamboozled”. He’s a tool.

JetBoy on July 28, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Crist is even slimier than I thought. And I already thought he was pretty slimy.

UltimateBob on July 28, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Now a search of Crist’s campaign website turns up nothing on the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. It turns up nothing on the death tax. It turns up nothing on the marriage tax penalty. It turns up nothing on capital gains taxes.

He’s just voting “present” on everything.

UltimateBob on July 28, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Crist is even slimier than I thought. And I already thought he was pretty slimy.

UltimateBob on July 28, 2010 at 5:34 PM

When you understand that he is nothing but slime, then you will understand.

Slowburn on July 28, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Hopefully somebody will run an add showing Crist’s sight’s changes, and run a voice over saying, “Are you ready for more change?”

Slowburn on July 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

He wont win. The talk down here in central Florida is he’s on his way out.

Static on July 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

We should be able to Win in NV and FL. I see no excuses in loosing these Two states- Hoping the Mclame voters stay home, or switch their vote over to ANYONE but McCain!

hawkman on July 28, 2010 at 6:35 PM

“We’ve always been at war with Eastasia”

Dandapani on July 28, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I’ll say it for the 1000th time. If you live in Florida and vote for Crist, you’re a moron. Either that or a union hack, but I believe I already covered that with the moron part.

Doughboy on July 28, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I voted for Charlie three times.
There won’t be a fourth.

Lanceman on July 29, 2010 at 12:22 AM

How does this guy even touch himself when he pees……what a disgusting excuse for a human being.

alecj on July 29, 2010 at 1:34 AM

Crist is the epitome of a dispicable politician. If the state of Florida thinks he’s relevant, they have a very serious problem with their education system.

volsense on July 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Now a search of Crist’s campaign website turns up nothing on the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. It turns up nothing on the death tax. It turns up nothing on the marriage tax penalty. It turns up nothing on capital gains taxes. No explanation is given on this scrubbing; apparently, Crist hoped no one would notice.

If Crist hoped that nobody would notice, isn’t it up to RUBIO to make sure people notice? Rubio should be hammering Crist every time he changes his position on an issue, telling Floridians that Crist is a Democrat in disguise. Rubio needs to make sure that Republicans know there is nothing Republican or conservative about Crist any more. In a three-way race, Rubio can win if he can get the entire Republican base and a few Independents, and let Crist and the Democrat split the liberal vote.

According to today’s Rasmussen poll, when asked the best way to stimulate job growth, 69% of Americans preferred tax cuts to 15% who wanted increased government spending. If the numbers are anywhere close to that in Florida, Rubio should be hammering Crist over his no longer wanting to extend the Bush tax cuts, when an overwhelming majority of Americans see tax cuts as THE way to reduce unemployment.

Steve Z on July 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM