Video: Careerist politician who’ll say anything to win really cares about you or something

posted at 7:46 pm on September 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via RCP, a clever (and usefully low-budget) spot. The pure, crystalline phoniness makes me quaver with rage, but even so — clever.

Maybe too clever under the circumstances?

Crist’s bipartisan style has always drawn charges of opportunism. But in the past two weeks his flip-flopping has felt more conspicuous than Florida sun glare, especially on federal health care reform, which he not long ago opposed (when he needed GOP primary votes) but recently said he would have voted for (now that he needs Democratic general election votes) then again said he opposed. Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino even suggested last week that Crist’s stances on issues from offshore oil drilling to gay adoption seem as varied as the answers you get from one of those Magic 8 Balls…

To be fair, Meek and Rubio — who said that he too would have taken Obama’s stimulus money before he condemned Crist for taking it — have their own inconsistencies to answer for. But if Crist keeps this up, he could not only lose the election but discredit the moderate and independent cause he stands for by making it look like a refuge for the position-challenged — as Obama himself is so often accused of doing. A big part of Crist’s appeal is his insistence that the best policy convictions aren’t shackled to myopic ideology. But even dogma-free politicians, like Lincoln, eventually have to take a stand and lead. Because you can’t please all the people all the time.

He doesn’t “stand for” anything, least of all independence. If he thought he could get elected by becoming an out-and-proud Democrat indistinguishable on policy from, say, Russ Feingold, there’s no earthly reason to believe he wouldn’t do it. In fact, the one potentially problematic aspect of this ad for him is that it locks him into a bipartisan image, which will complicate things later if/when he decides to declare that he’ll caucus with the Democrats. Although, as the excerpt above reminds us, the guy has no shame and doesn’t care about consistency except to the extent it might cost him votes, so why should this prove any impediment to joining hands with Harry Reid et al. later on? Too bad there’s only one “I” in “Democrats” and “Republicans” or else he could have been honest here and spelled “Ambition” instead.

Now that I’ve given you a sharp dose of insincerity, I’m going to give you a sharp dose of the opposite. Go read this. You won’t be sorry.


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quaver with rage

Tingles??? Is that YOU! /

upinak on September 7, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Go. Away.

KeepOhioRed on September 7, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I get the feeling he`s talking not to a camera, but a mirror.

ThePrez on September 7, 2010 at 7:51 PM

You won’t be sorry.

Allah you are right! This was the best part:

My father mattered. He was not famous, wealthy or influential. But he mattered in a way we too often overlook today. He mattered not because of what he accomplished himself, but because of what his life allowed others to do.

upinak on September 7, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Charlie H Crist.

portlandon on September 7, 2010 at 7:52 PM

How anyone in Florida can have any respect for this guy still confounds me!

bluemarlin on September 7, 2010 at 7:53 PM

LOL, instead of standing for the “best” of each party, he actually stands for the “worst” of each party.

But, I encourage everyone to click on a Democratic ad every time they see one.

I click on about 100 Tom Perriello ads a day, hoping I can do my part to bankrupt his operations. Just right click, open in new tab, and keep on doing what I’m doing. Then I close the ad.

I hope he pays on a per click basis.

ButterflyDragon on September 7, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Charlie Crist could also have spelled out these words using “democrats” and “republicans”:

-A Cab Decline Mr Sprouts

and

-A Cab Prudences Rim Slot

Spooky when you think about it, but they would have made a more effective ad.

Bishop on September 7, 2010 at 7:57 PM

which will complicate things later if/when he decides to declare that he’ll caucus with the Democrats

Dude, he’ll caucus with the Republicans… watch him take the Dem money and then stab them in the back…

ninjapirate on September 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Cunning Stunt Charlie

400lb Gorilla on September 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Best Ideas of Democrats and Republicans

Haven’t seen a “best idea” from a democrat in my entire lifetime (b. 61). As for the republicans they have been sitting on the sidelines so long, who knows if they have any ideas at all. This election will be about the people, not the politicians.

Tommy_G on September 7, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Now that I’ve given you a sharp dose of insincerity, I’m going to give you a sharp dose of the opposite. Go read this. You won’t be sorry.

DUDE

I want to clone Marco 535 times and send them all to DC

picklesgap on September 7, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Quaver? Quaver?

lol…Anyhoo, nice letter fro Rubio there. And dear gawd I cannot take any more of Charlie Crist. Please, powers that be, no more I tells ya!

JetBoy on September 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

He should have spelled out “American” instead of “Americans”. Because now there are 5 blue letters and only 4 red letters. Someone in the media is going to notice and comment.

Tommy_G on September 7, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Why folks pounding the pavement for Castle are beating up on Crist is beyond me. Hypocrisy much?

abobo on September 7, 2010 at 8:06 PM

He retired from bartending in 1997 at the age 70 and went to work as a school crossing guard, where he was made supervisor after the first two years.

That’s just all kinds of awesome.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Rubio’s tribute to his father was very nice.

Who better to protect the American Liberty than the son of someone who fled the kind of government the Democrats are trying to force on us.

This is not a year to be wishy-washy and self-serving Crist! So very many current politicians are just like Crist, completely out of touch with what is going on in America!

petunia on September 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Quaver? Quaver?

lol…Anyhoo, nice letter fro Rubio there. And dear gawd I cannot take any more of Charlie Crist. Please, powers that be, no more I tells ya!

JetBoy on September 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Well I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more. LMFAO

upinak on September 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Charlie’s going to lose and he knew he was going to lose when he changed parties.

Jenfidel on September 7, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Too bad there’s only one “I” in “Democrats” and “Republicans” or else he could have been honest here and spelled “Ambition” instead.

Bingo.

Patrick Ishmael on September 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Now that I’ve given you a sharp dose of insincerity, I’m going to give you a sharp dose of the opposite. Go read this. You won’t be sorry.

I wonder if Michelle would be proud of Mario Rubio Sr’s life?

F15Mech on September 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Who else thought he’d spell out “flaming” ?

lorien1973 on September 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM

It was a pleasure voting for Rubio in the primary but it will be a super pleasure voting for him in the general. What a great story.

whbates on September 7, 2010 at 8:16 PM

If you didn’t know anything about him, it’s not a bad ad.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on September 7, 2010 at 8:16 PM

I want to clone Marco 535 times and send them all to DC

picklesgap on September 7, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I agree 100% His father was one fine human being and he seems to have passed some of that on in Marco.

bluemarlin on September 7, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Tommy_G on September 7, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Someone on another blog already pointed out that Charlie used BLUE letters to spell his name at the end of the ad.

AnthonyK on September 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Its a good ad, but I hope voters know better.

El_Terrible on September 7, 2010 at 8:19 PM

That actually IS a clever ad. Hate Crist, but it was simple and neat nonetheless.

lansing quaker on September 7, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Well I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more. LMFAO

upinak on September 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM

:D

Whatchu drinkin’, up?

JetBoy on September 7, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Two different people with two different priorities. One wants to win at all costs because it is good for him. One wants to win because it is good for the Country..Can you guess which one is which?

sandee on September 7, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Shamelessness, thy name is Crist.

JohnGalt23 on September 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

A prostitute shows more honesty than Crist.

GarandFan on September 7, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Look at the spelling of “Americans” in the final shot, and the colors of the letters:

- there is no blue “I” in “Democrats”, a word originally spelled in blue letters.
- there is no red “M” in “Republicans”, a word originally spelled in red letters.
- and there is only one red “A” in “Republicans”, a word originally spelled in red letters.

Phoney is as phoney does.

drunyan8315 on September 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Hey wait a minute.

Where did the red M come from? The M in democrat was blue.

Fail.

eyesky on September 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

drunyan8315 on September 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Beat me by nanoseconds. Kudos

eyesky on September 7, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Dude, he’ll caucus with the Republicans… watch him take the Dem money and then stab them in the back…

ninjapirate on September 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

He’s anybody’s dog who’ll walk him. Was,is, and will always be slime.

Deep apologies to slime.

katy the mean old lady on September 7, 2010 at 8:41 PM

This is what happens when people want to rule us. It isn’t ideology, morals, principles that counts, because we aren’t ruled by law. When we are ruled by men, then … jeez, you couldn’t trust this guy under any circumstances though.

odannyboy on September 7, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Shamelessness, thy name is Crist.

JohnGalt23 on September 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

We may have to expand that to a new word after reading the top pic`s

They will spawn a new word together

Cristowski = a person of absolutely zero moral character or class and is only out for personal gain. Also see narcissist or Barack Obama

bluemarlin on September 7, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Now that I’ve given you a sharp dose of insincerity, I’m going to give you a sharp dose of the opposite. Go read this. You won’t be sorry.

Wow. If character wins elections, he’s a shoo-in.

irishspy on September 7, 2010 at 8:44 PM

drunyan8315 on September 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Looks like he just lost the OCD vote.

theperfecteconomist on September 7, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Quaver? Quaver? lol…
JetBoy on September 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Careerist??

KeepOhioRed on September 7, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Marco’s tribute to his father brought tears to my eyes. How is it, exactly, that we have Cuba to thank for so many loyal, intelligent, conservative Americans? I’m glad his Dad got to see what a wonderful success his son was before his time was over.

cynccook on September 7, 2010 at 8:49 PM

But, I encourage everyone to click on a Democratic ad every time they see one.

I click on about 100 Tom Perriello ads a day, hoping I can do my part to bankrupt his operations. Just right click, open in new tab, and keep on doing what I’m doing. Then I close the ad.

I hope he pays on a per click basis.

ButterflyDragon on September 7, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I always order free bumper stickers from the MoveOn website, costing them money. I never thought about your evil plot. Dang, Shuuug. You’re good. Any more tips?

Sorry to get off topic. That ad made me want to hurl. Florida, please step up to the plate. Vote this man out of office.

Southern Tragedu on September 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Southern Tragedu on September 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Also remind people to always return empty (or you can include a nasty comment) AARP envelopes to them. They get stuck paying the postage.

cynccook on September 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM

man with black hat: Sorry, Charlie!

manwithblackhat on September 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM

The only party Charlie works for is in smaller letters under the word Americans.

Spider79 on September 7, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Crist should have used the letters available to spell what he actually is. “CREEP” :)

Nelsa on September 7, 2010 at 9:00 PM

woah, Scooter Libby on Crowley in for O’Reilly. Exoneration?

John the Libertarian on September 7, 2010 at 9:00 PM

I guess because you can’t spell Oompa Loompans with those letters…

beatcanvas on September 7, 2010 at 9:07 PM

the best part for me (as a Floridian) was the part where he stopped and looked at the letters as if to figure it out (right before grabbing the “I”) as if he didn’t know what was missing from “A-M-E-R-?-C-A-N-S”

to quote r lee ermey – jackwagon!

seaniep on September 7, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I kind of thought this was a commercial for viagra or something. I was sure he was going to be spelling out ‘weenie’ at the end.

cynccook on September 7, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I like to apply the word nihilist pronounced nilest to gvnr Crist. Most will remember this word from the movie THE BIG LEBOWSKI where the word was used to describe some who believes in nothing. That fits Mr.Crist almost to a T except this man does believe in one thing and one thing only CHARLIE CRIST!

PTN 39 on September 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Also remind people to always return empty (or you can include a nasty comment) AARP envelopes to them. They get stuck paying the postage.

cynccook on September 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Not empty.enclose fishing sinkers.

katy the mean old lady on September 7, 2010 at 9:17 PM

“I used to be a Republican. But I’m much better now.”

The Mega Independent on September 7, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Charlatans are indignant.

He believes the voters to be morons.

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Rotten Harry Reid “Me, the economy?”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, facing a tough re-election bid in one of the states hardest hit by the recession, said today that the economic downturn was not his fault.

“I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here,” Reid said during an appearance on the ABC News/Washington Post “Top Line” program, adding that he also had no part in contributing to the state’s dismal unemployment figures.

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Charlie Crist. Turncoat. Opportunist. Fraud.

There’s a 10 second low cost ad.

Key West Reader on September 7, 2010 at 9:33 PM

quaver? ain’t be a word, i don’t think…?

ted c on September 7, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Here you go:

I’m justy, and I approve this message.

justltl on September 7, 2010 at 9:38 PM

“I’m Charlie Crist and I lost my soul, if I ever had one”.

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Snort! Dirty little secret? There is no penalties for insider trading when it comes to these “criminals”. I think rotating these verifiable conservatives in and out on a rotational basis would prove more competitive in the pursuit or the right vote. Does that make any damn …………?

tom0508 on September 7, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Allah, thanks for linking to Rubio’s letter. That was just tremendous.

Rosmerta on September 7, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Expect this add to be spoofed in the near furture.

F15Mech on September 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM

The best of both parties? Someone please tell me one good thing about the ‘rats.

Lanceman on September 7, 2010 at 10:18 PM

That guy really doesn’t have any respect for the intelligence of the electorate at all, does he? lol Seriously… it’s just mind-boggling the walking insult of him.

If any particle of that ad had been genuine… he’d have declared himself an Independent years BEFORE he got his hindquarters handed to him by Marco Rubio.

Murf76 on September 7, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Looks like he just lost the OCD vote.

And clearly swept the DFD vote.

drunyan8315 on September 7, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Crist is living proof that liberalism is a mental disorder and he is in the latter stages. Being a human chameleon is not a good reason to vote for someone.

volsense on September 7, 2010 at 11:17 PM

He works for the American Party? Weren’t they also called the Know-Nothings?

Red Cloud on September 7, 2010 at 11:35 PM

DUDE

I want to clone Marco 535 times and send them all to DC

picklesgap on September 7, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Okay exception to the rule. Can this Wise Latina woman fly to FL to vote for him? We got couple of things in common, which makes it even easier to make my choice. Can’t get my FL relative to vote for him. Besides, I crave a Cuban sandwich and an espresso!

What a temperament after death! I could not prepare a statement like that after my mom passed away from cancer. I was just numb, felt like an over and under blew away my guts.

ProudPalinFan on September 7, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Marco’s tribute to his father brought tears to my eyes. How is it, exactly, that we have Cuba to thank for so many loyal, intelligent, conservative Americans? I’m glad his Dad got to see what a wonderful success his son was before his time was over.

cynccook on September 7, 2010 at 8:49 PM

I am VERY opinionated on Cubans, they have their own different personality which does not jive with me nor my family. But if you treat them right, they’ll be nice and very good people. NEVER DOUBLE-CROSS A CUBAN.

ProudPalinFan on September 7, 2010 at 11:42 PM

“Everytime that I sell myself to you-oooh, oooh/I feel a little more cheaper than I need to-oooh, ooh.”

Gob on September 7, 2010 at 11:46 PM

I went and read it. You were right.
Thanks for the heads-up, AP.

docob on September 8, 2010 at 1:00 AM

Chuck could also have spelled “CRAP” with the same letters and have be much more true to life. I’m just sayin…

Amendment X on September 8, 2010 at 1:42 AM

The pure, crystalline phoniness makes me quaver with rage

Do beta eeyores quiver with rage?

disa on September 8, 2010 at 2:05 AM

I thought prostitution was illegal.

Done That on September 8, 2010 at 5:30 AM

What you hear is not the pit-a-pat of your heart…

It is Charlie Crist flip flopping faster than a jackhammer.

On steroids.

Please, dear Floridians, keep tremor man at home this November so he can do something useful and pound sand.

ajacksonian on September 8, 2010 at 5:44 AM

At 17 seconds into this trick…
nah…I’m wrong, he did know how to spell Americans…
But I do wonder if he was looking for a “K”.

jerrytbg on September 8, 2010 at 6:44 AM

To be fair, Meek and Rubio — who said that he too would have taken Obama’s stimulus money before he condemned Crist for taking it

No, he condemned Crist for endorsing the stimulus before it was passed, not accepting the money afterwards. Way to twist the truth.

John Deaux on September 8, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I kind of thought this was a commercial for viagra or something. I was sure he was going to be spelling out ‘weenie’ at the end.

cynccook on September 7, 2010

DUMB SCROTE is more appropriate.

Extrafishy on September 8, 2010 at 8:38 AM

The Marco Rubio tribute to his father brought tears to my eyes. I want to be the kind of father Mario Rubio was.

WarEagle01 on September 8, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I find that politicians that say that they will create jobs are all fools because the only jobs they create are government jobs that we as tax payers must make their payroll. Yet they all sing the same song or are we the fools for listening and sometimes singing the same song?

mixplix on September 8, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Marco Rubio’s tribute to his father was amazing. He will be a great Senator.

Steve Z on September 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Has JetBoy eaten his hat yet?

JohnBG on September 8, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Expect this add to be spoofed in the near furture.

Ask and you shall receive: “The Worst of Both”

The Zoo Keeper on September 8, 2010 at 3:52 PM