Too fun to check: Did Crist meet secretly with Obama in Martha’s Vineyard before the Florida primary?

posted at 7:05 pm on August 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

There’s no question he was up there last Friday. The only question is why. Just a coincidence or a grand-scale hmmmmmmmmm?

“He [Crist] was in New England for a private campaign event,” Crist spokesman Danny Kanner said of the governor’s whereabouts on Friday.

When asked by CNSNews.com whether Crist was in Martha’s Vineyard, Kanner said, “Martha’s Vineyard is accurate.” Kanner confirmed that the private event was a fundraiser for the governor’s campaign.

While Crist’s staff would not divulge who hosted the fundraiser, they did say that Crist did not meet with President Obama when he was in Martha’s Vineyard.

“No he did not,” Kanner said. “If you’re about to ask me if he met with the President, no he did not.” When asked if Crist met with anyone from the Obama administration, Kanner said, “The answer is no.”

A strong denial, but Erick Erickson says eyewitnesses tell him they saw Crist in the company of Secret Service agents. I don’t know what kind of security detail he normally travels with — maybe they look like Secret Service to the untrained eye? — but the possibility of primary-eve cloak-and-dagger by The One and Sunshine Charlie is too irresistible to question. Needless to say, if it happened, he must have had something awfully important to ask Obama to warrant skipping a phone call in favor of a direct appeal. One possibility: Maybe Crist offered to bow out of the race and campaign on Meek’s behalf in exchange for some sort of huge favor/political appointment. The timing would make sense since not until the very end of the race did Meek finally pull away from Jeff Greene in the Democratic primary, which was always Crist’s nightmare scenario. Maybe he saw some internal polls, realized that victory now seems unlikely, and, true to form, opportunistically tried to capitalize. Having him drop out and endorse Meek is the only faint chance Meek has of beating Rubio since it would unite Democrats and bring some indies over to the left. But it’d also alienate Crist’s centrist Republican supporters, of course, and in a year where most indies will break red, that means a likely Rubio victory anyway. Under the circumstances, Obama’s better off offering Crist nothing so that he stays in the race, hopefully wins, and then can be tempted into caucusing with the Democrats.

Which brings me to the other possibility for a meeting. What if Crist went in there to see how The One would react to him publicly declaring his intent to caucus with Reid et al. if he wins? According to PPP’s latest poll, Crist would pick up fully two-thirds of Meek’s Democratic support if he did that but would also bleed his own Republican supporters, leaving him seven points behind Rubio and desperately needing to clean up among undecideds. Since Crist can basically destroy Meek’s candidacy by making that move, maybe he went to see Obama to tell him in person of his intention to do so — as a professional and political courtesy — and also to suggest to The One that it’s in everyone’s interest for Democrats to lean on Meek to drop out when Crist makes his announcement.

Actually, these two possibilities aren’t mutually exclusive. Crist could have said that he’s about to declare that he’s caucusing with the Dems (and I do think he’ll declare that pretty soon, out of desperation) unless The One wants to somehow bribe him out of the race. You’ve come to the right man, Charlie! Exit question: Aren’t there pool reporters following Obama around the Vineyard? Wouldn’t one of them have spotted Crist if he was close by?


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Or maybe the man just wanted some shrimp.

myrenovations on August 26, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Charlotte’s Web

Jayrae on August 26, 2010 at 7:09 PM

There’s always been rumors about obama being on the down low.

Blake on August 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Time for Murkowski and McCollum to secretly meet with the One.

mobydutch on August 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Exit question: Aren’t there pool reporters following Obama around the Vineyard? Wouldn’t one of them have spotted Crist if he was close by?

The only question a pool reporter would ask him or her self is: Does reporting this help the Dems or not? No…so no reporting.

AUINSC on August 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

“No he did not,” Kanner said. “If you’re about to ask me if he met with the President, no he did not.” When asked if Crist met with anyone from the Obama administration, Kanner said, “The answer is no.”

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Ok, how about someone who USED to be in the Administration? Or someone who knows someone in the Administration? Or someone from Chicago?

Arbalest on August 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Snakes on a…Vineyard.

bloghooligan on August 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Remember this? Something’s afoot, Watson. Watch for Chucky to switch parties sometime in the near future….

cynccook on August 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

October Surprise in Martha’s Vineyard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

as a professional and political courtesy

Professional? Courteous? Either Crist OR Obama?

Oh Allah, you’re striking comedy gold tonight!

Vyce on August 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I guess in some ways it doesn’t matter who wins. Both major parties are more concerned with their position than serving the people. Sad.

Tasha on August 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Charlie Crist: The Dwight Shrute of politicians.

stldave on August 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Obama is mischievious and capable of anything.

mobydutch on August 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM

What’s up with the Ed-then-AP-then-Ed-then-AP posts today? Are you guys trying to mess with us?

cynccook on August 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM

He’s a democrat. Always been one in his heart. Only democrats are this sleazy.

darwin on August 26, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Crist is heading for the party of no,I mean none!!

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Check Crist’s Black-Barry.

Charlie isn’t a very smooth Machievelli. He seems to be more of an opportunistic weasel.

Aren’t most of the deep-pocket Martha’s Vineyard playground rompers of the Dem persuasion?

onlineanalyst on August 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Question is,was Rahm,waiting in the shower!(sarc).

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Everyone has their price and we all love a good conspiracy, so lets hope ole Charlie does something to let the cat out of the bag.

fourdeucer on August 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM

There’s no question he was up there last Friday. The only question is why
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Maybe golf and lobster!!

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM

“I may be a man without a party, but I’m not a man without a people.”

Charlie Crist

you are right Charlie you still have some people, they just called, they want their idiot back. Look for the chocolate factory and go on home!

bluemarlin on August 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Well, there was this recent meeting in Florida …which I’m sure he Crist managed to get some one on one time with The One.

The Ugly American on August 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Maybe he was enticed by a Tanning studio!!

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Maybe Crist delivered his message in a bag of shrimp.

Dusty on August 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Emits the pungent smell of conspiracy. Is no one in the Florida press interested in this secret “fund raiser”?

Mason on August 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Somehow, I don’t think if Charlie switched parties he would win. He would have the sorta Republicans mad and the Black citizens mad. It’s a no win situation.I think him offering to caucus with the Dems. is probably the answer.

sandee on August 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM

will campaign laws eventually force Crist to show-and-tell who he met w/?

toenail on August 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Wait. Would FLOTUS be considered part of the Administration? I know she probably thinks she is but is she?

sandee on August 26, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Crist reminds me more and more of Gollum.
“I wants it!” I needs it!.
What a pathetic pol.

Nelsa on August 26, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Would Florida law allow Greene to now run as an Independent?

agmartin on August 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM

and also to suggest to The One that it’s in everyone’s interest for Democrats to lean on Meek to drop out when Crist makes his announcement.

One problem: Obama has already vocally and strongly endorsed Meek as the best choice. In doing so, he passed over Crist. Now he’s going to say that Crist was best all along even though he backed Meek?

amerpundit on August 26, 2010 at 7:27 PM

So who was Crit sucking up to? Who else has Secret Service protection? Anyone in the Kennedy clan? Nah. How about Billy Jeff visiting? He’s got it. Hillary? She still gets it, too. Those are the last two to get lifetime protection unless they decline it.

But Hillary is Administration. Billy Jeff is not.

Dusty on August 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Crisp just wanted to yell at Barry for increasing the tanning tax.

txag92 on August 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

There’s no question he was up there last Friday. The only question is why
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Maybe golf and lobster!!

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Come on, need to stay on message, that is Shrimp so the little people don`t get mad. Also, there was no caviar involved at all.

bluemarlin on August 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

What’s up with the Ed-then-AP-then-Ed-then-AP posts today? Are you guys trying to mess with us?

cynccook on August 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM

That’s the way it used to be. It’s only as of late that AP and Ed have taken rigid shifts.

amerpundit on August 26, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Does this seem like the way to be a public servant? It really is hard to work love of state and constituents into the equation of this campaign.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM

What’s up with the Ed-then-AP-then-Ed-then-AP posts today? Are you guys trying to mess with us?

Ed’s hosting his radio show earlier starting today through next week so I’m starting earlier too.

Allahpundit on August 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM

That’s the way it used to be. It’s only as of late that AP and Ed have taken rigid shifts.

amerpundit on August 26, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Yes, but it’s disorienting now.

cynccook on August 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Crist is toast.

/Eh. I thought about writing WHY he’s Toast… and then I thought, “Eh… It’s obvious”.

/G’luck, Charles. Wait till your allegiances get exposed. Ouch.

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM

They make a lovely couple.

Cody1991 on August 26, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Allahpundit on August 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM

You have a radio show???!!!!!

Really? How can I sign in?

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Ed’s hosting his radio show earlier starting today through next week so I’m starting earlier too.

Allahpundit on August 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Ah. You guys always pitch in to help each other out. That’s nice!

cynccook on August 26, 2010 at 7:37 PM

You have a radio show???!!!!!

Really? How can I sign in?

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 7:36 PM

LOL…No Ed’s radio show. Allah can never speak in public! Someone would use voice recognition software or something and then the jig would be up!

cynccook on August 26, 2010 at 7:38 PM

STRONG PROBABILITY: CRIST OFFERED TO DROP OUT IN RETURN FOR THE JOB CLINTON OFFERED SESTAK.

reliapundit on August 26, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Does this seem like the way to be a public servant? It really is hard to work love of state and constituents into the equation of this campaign.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Silence is Golden. Please, Hear.

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Skullduggery!

Is that what they’re calling it these days?
/NTTAWWT

RushBaby on August 26, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Exit question: Aren’t there pool reporters following Obama around the Vineyard? Wouldn’t one of them have spotted Crist if he was close by?

Maybe Crist was smuggled through in a crate of oranges.

Cicero43 on August 26, 2010 at 7:45 PM

He was merely getting fitted out for his kneepads … obligatory gear for an Administration appointment, ya know.

ya2daup on August 26, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Check Crist’s Black-Barry.
onlineanalyst on August 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Better yet, ask Crist’s half-black Barry.

ya2daup on August 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I think he could use some grace.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2010 at 7:55 PM

In South Florida Crist’s chickens are coming home to roost. He has nowhere to go.

So I would say it would be best for Obama to buy him off.

There is no way the Democrats will dessert Meek…

tarpon on August 26, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Silence is Golden. Please, Hear.

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Key West Reader: Thank-you,Beu-tee-ful!:)

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Also, there was no caviar involved at all.

bluemarlin on August 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

bluemarlin:I bet OMama Obama wasn’t impressed then,haha!:)

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 8:03 PM

canopfor on August 26, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Luv ya babe. I’m thinking AllahPundit is contemplating the vid I sent him above.

I Love ya AllahPundit. It’s all true baby. Come to Momma Bear. Dare ya.

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Sleaze and Sleazier

GnuBreed on August 26, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Good info. Time will tell, don’tcha think?

marybel on August 26, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I was digging this post until I read: “Erick Erickson says …”

E.E. is not a reliable source.

tryptic on August 26, 2010 at 8:25 PM

They make a lovely couple.

Cody1991 on August 26, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Yes, how nice. Ebony and …. orange?

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Can I have some shrimp too?
/Meek

ted c on August 26, 2010 at 8:42 PM

For AllahPundit.

You may not like it, but you’ll take it and like it.

Take it.

Key West Reader on August 26, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Great link . . . very nice. Followed link on that site to the Celtic Women rendition as well.

Thanks for posting.

listens2glenn on August 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM

KWR; thanks for that song. Great stuff.

ted c on August 26, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Better yet, ask Crist’s half-black Barry.

ya2daup on August 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM

LOL, that’s a real good one.

Sir Napsalot on August 26, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Better yet, ask Crist’s half-black Barry.

ya2daup on August 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM

LOL, that’s a real good one.

Sir Napsalot on August 26, 2010 at 9:15 PM

RASCISTS!

No, I don’t actually believe you are, I was just beating the NAACP to the punch.

listens2glenn on August 26, 2010 at 9:19 PM

You can imagine the conversation:

Obama: “Dang! Why does he have to be black?”
Crist: “You have that right, sir.”

Marcus on August 26, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Okay, Charlie. I promise if you agree to hang a porkchop around your neck, I will get force my dog to vote for you, okay?

drunyan8315 on August 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Where was the DOTUS for that 6 hours that he was supposed to be at that soccer game for his daughter a few months ago?

Hey, White House Press Corpse………how many ways can you suck? Nevermind, whatever count you could come up with tomorrow you’d have to revise the count upwards.

And that picture of the DOTUS and Charlie Christ is just creepy.

PappyD61 on August 26, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I guess in some ways it doesn’t matter who wins. Both major parties are more concerned with their position than serving the people. Sad.

Tasha on August 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

What, are you gonna try to out-eeyore Eeyore here?

If you love your country, don’t ever say such a thing again. You’re exuding real negative energy.

Things are turning around, but it’s going to take some time to reap the harvest. The people are waking up.

disa on August 26, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Kanner confirmed that the private event was a fundraiser for the governor’s campaign.

Will the donors names/dollar amounts will be made public?

It’s a Small, Small world:
Wasn’t Jesse Jackson, Jr staying at the same posh hotel resort in Spain, at the same time as Michelle Obama was there??

TN Mom on August 26, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I must admit that Barry and Charlie do make a lovely couple.

Really Right on August 26, 2010 at 10:09 PM

A man without substance is an ugly thing to watch.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Dat’s Wacist!!!

Oh, were you referring to Charlie Crist? If so, then never mind.

Really Right on August 26, 2010 at 10:37 PM

What a manipulative creep. Why would anyone at all want him to run their state no matter what Party or lack of one he’s professed. He makes me shudder.

jeanie on August 26, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Crist and Obamalinsky are butt buddies. This just gets weirder all the time.

Obama:1)Secret Muslim
2)Non-Citizen
3)Marxist/Communist
4)Guest Lecturer(NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL PROFESSOR!!!)
5)Mystery Man as far as the records of his life due
him paying over a mil to hide.

The hits keep coming with this guy. I was never a birther, never believed he was Muslim, ALWAYS knew he was a brainwashed Commie,etc…..Just wait until he is politically weak enough to where one of the faithful gets screwed and writes a “Tell All”. You can’t make this up, really….Good God, maybe he really is the anti-Christ…Which means Jesus gets to kick his ass……:)

adamsmith on August 27, 2010 at 6:29 AM

Crist is appearing to be rather Blagoesque. He actually has nothing to offer the dems, as by now, I’m sure they don’t see him winning and will only hurt their candidate in Nov. He’s looking out from under the bus and doesn’t know it.

Kissmygrits on August 27, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Aren’t there pool reporters following Obama around the Vineyard? Wouldn’t one of them have spotted Crist if he was close by?

Would they report it, if he had been spotted? I seriously doubt it!

capejasmine on August 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM