Crist to Olbermann: Oh yeah, Meek talked to me about dropping out; Correction: Crist says Meek talked to Clinton about dropping out; Update: Crist spokesman denies seeking help from WH

posted at 9:17 pm on October 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

When writing the earlier post, I completely forgot that Crist was doing an interview tonight on, er, “national” cable news. So that explains the timing of this story — they coordinated it so that Crist would have a large-ish platform to broadcast the fact that Meek is (allegedly) having doubts about his candidacy. If you’re trying to sandbag him and peel away Democratic base voters in Florida, what better chance to do it than during a chat with the left’s most highly rated ranting clown?

Reaction from Rubio, who’s doubtless been waiting for this for a long time:

“Charlie Crist truly will say and do anything to get elected and hold on to power. Secret deals to trade away principles for power is already the problem in Washington, it’s not the solution. This is simply politics as usual which is exactly what voters across the country are emphatically rejecting this election.”

Facts Of Note:

* As of today, more than 1.7 million Floridians have already voted – approximately 1/3 of all likely voters (4.8 million Floridians voted in 2006, the last midterm election).

* There is not a single public poll which shows Crist leading Rubio in a hypothetical two-way race.

* As of yesterday, our internal tracking showed Crist and Meek in a statistical dead heat.

* Among those who have already voted, our internal polling actually shows Meek beating Crist 28% to 24%.

Reaction from Michael Steele:

If we have learned anything this election cycle, it’s that voters demand the right to choose candidates for themselves, not by a political establishment seeking to make those decisions from on high. President Clinton’s actions to have Kendrick Meek withdraw from the campaign sends a chilling signal to all voters, but especially African Americans. One can only imagine the response if Republican leadership tried to force out of the race – in the 11th hour – a qualified black candidate like Kendrick Meek.

And, most importantly, reaction from Meek:

“The article is not true. Kendrick Meek was never dropping out of this race, is never dropping out of this race, and will never drop out of this race. Kendrick Meek will always stand up for the middle class and will not leave Floridians a choice between two lifelong conservative Republicans who only stand with the special interests. Kendrick is the Democratic nominee so if anyone should drop out, it’s Charlie Crist.”

Earlier I thought the leak might lead him to bow out over the weekend if it looked like his supporters were starting to defect to Crist, but now I’m thinking that maybe he’ll be so irritated by the way they set him up here that he’ll stick it out just to screw Crist on election day. If he follows Steele’s lead by innocently wondering aloud why a “qualified black candidate” is being muscled out of the race by a white (well, orange) candidate, I’ll wet my pants again — with joy. Click the image to watch.

Update: A hastily called presser, just concluded. Money quote: “I am in this race until Tuesday.” I don’t know how Crist wins now, but we’ll see what happens to Meek’s polling over the next day or two.

Update: Who ordered the Code Red on Kendrick Meek? Sounds like it was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Click the image to watch.

Update: My mistake — when I first watched the clip of Crist with Olby, I thought he was saying he had personally had discussions with Meek about dropping out. (That’s what the Daily Caller suggested a few days ago.) What he’s actually saying is that Clinton and Meek had those discussions, not he and Meek — and in fact, Clinton has confirmed it. Apologies for the error. As for the White House’s involvement in all this, here’s a new detail via Marc Ambinder:

So when it becomes clear that Crist’s shtick ain’t working, and Marco Rubio is set to be the next senator of Florida, Crist calls up former President Clinton’s fixer, Doug Band, whom he knows not very well, and asks him to ask President Clinton to send out feelers to Kendrick Meek. If Meek drops, Crist will caucus with the Democrats if he wins.

President Clinton makes sure the White House is aware of Crist’s intentions. The White House becomes aware. The WORST kept secret in Florida politics is that the White House tried to get Clinton to do this several months ago. At the time, Clinton told the White House to stick it where the sun don’t shine. He has real affection for Meek.

Update: Crist’s spokesman says Crist never asked the White House for help on this and the White House never offered to help. Or at least, not recently; see the Ambinder quote directly above. Says Ben Smith:

My own reporting and Greg Sargent’s bear this out: Clinton was the actor here, and while the White House might have liked to see Meek out of the race they did not — unlike in the case of Joe Sestak — ask Clinton to intervene, take an active role, or offer Meek any sort incentive or reward.

I can sort of buy that just because they took so much heat over trying to bribe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff out of the Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania and Colorado. Maybe they figured after that firestorm that it’s best to stay out of these things and let other party bigwigs take the lead. Especially since Obama needs Florida in 2012 and can’t afford any missteps that would alienate the Democratic base.


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Sorry, can’t resist:


Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you glad that Crist will be all done after Tuesday?

massrighty on October 28, 2010 at 10:44 PM

freaky deaky … the guy is true-blooded American.

Meek, Change D to R!

My relatives (Hispanic) in FL will support you next time.

For the mean time … RUBIO!

TheAlamos on October 28, 2010 at 10:45 PM

I know Clinton’s people supposedly confirmed this, but Meek seemed irritated by Sunshine Charlie in some of the debate clips I’ve watched. He doesn’t seem to like him any more than Marco does. So I don’t see why he would clear the decks to try to help out a non-Democrat. Also, I guess I don’t see Billy Jeff helping out Barry, he’s been campaigning hard for Hillary’s backers, which Meek is one, not any of the people that shafted them in ’08. I still do not believe that Bubba has forgiven being called a racist and don’t think he will do more than necessary to help out the D-rats as long as they are Barry’s D-rats.

lizzie beth on October 28, 2010 at 10:46 PM

It’s a cluster. At this point, sane people will want to vote Rubio just so Crist can go off somewhere and work on his tan, neve to be heard from again.

CliffHanger on October 28, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Thanks for the Greta clip! I want to see again.

On his political death bed, Citizen Crist’s “rosebud” is going to be “Rubio!”

Marcus on October 28, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I’m not sure whom I’m more disgusted by: Charlie Crist or the people who are going to vote for him.

PackerBronco on October 28, 2010 at 10:53 PM

The interview with Greta showed Shirley Crist as the ultimate weasel he is.

How can any R vote for him now? How can he look into a mirror?

Schadenfreude on October 28, 2010 at 10:53 PM

OT
SteveMG on October 28, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Hitchens has cancer, I heard this on Hugh Hewitt about 6 weeks ago.

mkm19602000 on October 28, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Does anyone seriously think someone as mentally deranged as Charlie Crist is going away just because he loses this race? The guy will never go away. He has a serious friggin mental problem and needs professional help.

Weber48IDA on October 28, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Its top news at 11:00 here on Fl TV

Indian Outlaw on October 28, 2010 at 11:00 PM

its freaky deaky weird here in Florida.

Indian Outlaw on October 28, 2010 at 11:02 PM

He was just on gretta and I’m furious that she let him go on and on and on with his talking points against Rubio! I think
Rubio needs to have equal time. Who in the world, in the universe, would ever vote for this namby pamby. What an insult to Florida.

Bambi on October 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Where does a man without a shred of diginity left go at his age?

leilani on October 28, 2010 at 10:19 PM

I bet he finally comes out and declares himself a ‘Gay American,” ditches the beard and becomes a *champion* of gay rights. He will do ANYTHING to be ‘relevant.’

lizzie beth on October 28, 2010 at 11:06 PM

This whole mess will be on the front page, above the fold, of the St. Petersburg Times tomorrow.

On the Friday before the election.

Timing is everything.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2010 at 11:09 PM

reaction from Meek:

“The article is not true. Kendrick Meek was never dropping out of this race, is never dropping out of this race, and will never drop out of this race.

Oh crap. That means Meek is dropping out. The stronger the denial, the more likely it is true.

/pretty much getting too late to do much good though

AZfederalist on October 28, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Crist is just a weasel of a man. How is anyone voting for this guy?

Kjeil on October 28, 2010 at 11:10 PM

its freaky deaky weird here in Florida.

Indian Outlaw on October 28, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Its freaky deaky weird all over. Here in Idaho, the 3rd or 4th most conservative state and the country in the midst of a conservative tidal wave, Walt Minnick (D-ID1) has a 50+% chance of holding on to his seat! Arrgh!

Ace ODale on October 28, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Just when you thought this POS couldn’t be any more POSlike, he lowers himself even more.

angryed on October 28, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Holy f**k. Crist sheared the bottom of the barrel, broke through, and kept digging until he found dinosaur bones. There is literally nothing he won’t do to stay in office.

MadisonConservative on October 28, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Then what does this make crist?

Indian Outlaw on October 28, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Here in Idaho, the 3rd or 4th most conservative state and the country in the midst of a conservative tidal wave, Walt Minnick (D-ID1) has a 50+% chance of holding on to his seat!

[Ace ODale on October 28, 2010 at 11:13 PM]

Yeah, but IIRC, I had read he had the backing of Tea Party … Express(?) until just the end of last week, when they pulled their endorsement. I can’t remember why but that might have been what was giving Minnick his lead and it appears his support is dropping now. Can you confirm?

Dusty on October 28, 2010 at 11:26 PM

I can see Crist or Obama f’ing something this badly, but who’s going to want to answer the phone now when they see Slick wants to talk to them? He’s only calling to give some left-handed encouragement to the base, wander off into some crypto-racist remarks, or sandbag anyone who lines on a straight line between Hillary and 1600.

pedestrian on October 28, 2010 at 11:31 PM

TEA minus 5 and counting….

tic toc
tic toc

ted c on October 28, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Crist looked very meek (ha-ha) in his interview with Greta. I wouldn’t vote for someone with a forlorn expression, mousy voice and hunched-over shoulders. He was speechless near the end. He looks like he knows that he is already beat.

scrubjay on October 28, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Bill Clinton, the first black Uncle Tom President.

Hummer53 on October 28, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Get some rest, Snooki. You look tired.

Jaibones on October 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM

I am so sick of seeing Crist all over my t.v. — I cannot wait until Tuesday is over and he can go home to his tanning bed. Can’t wait to go to my polling place and check Rubio…

LadyGator88 on October 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM

This spectacle is hard to believe and hilarious – unlike the presidential race in ’08, which was hard to believe and catastrophic.

You folks in FL – won’t this bizarre meltdown hurt Dems across the state? There must be some close House races, aside from the race for governor, that may be affected by the fallout from this – and it’s hard to believe there won’t be fallout.

This sort of thing is just the right factor to help increase the chances of a mega-wave on Tuesday. I’m already leaning towards a guess that it will in fact be the largest turnover of federal seats in history – well above the 50-60 House seats the main pollsters are afraid to go beyond (for understandable reasons). But states like Ohio and Virginia are already looking like they will witness a Dem mass extinction event – this nonsense seems like it may help Florida to look similar.

Almost every bit of hard data since ’08 (results of special elections, gubernatorials, referenda) has been extraordinary. And survey data has shown a steady decline in Dem standing ever since March ’09. On top of that you’ve got an amazing crop of very good GOP citizen-candidates in so many races – and, it seems, a very weak Dem field with lots of flailing ancient incumbents (Oberstar), discredited headliners (Frank), tepid incumbent schlubs (too many to name), and outright wackos (Grayson, et al).

I won’t be the least surprised if Tuesday is, literally, off the charts. And there’s still 3 or 4 news cycles left for the president to bumble, Biden to gaffe, and the Dems’ increasingly bizarre negative strategy to offend and disrupt.

IceCold on October 28, 2010 at 11:41 PM

That sack of shite Orange Charlie looks and acts like he knows he has already lost in the Greta clip. Body language says he’s burnt toast on Tuesday!

Ogabe on October 28, 2010 at 11:54 PM

target has icees

good luck

ted c on October 28, 2010 at 10:35 PM

My husband and I are spending all day working as election judges in different precincts…on our anniversary.
Scr*w Slurpees. While I can’t speak for my husband, when I get home I’ll be ‘slurping’ some Baileys and coffee.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Man, I knew I should have bought into popcorn futures. This is far better than anything anyone in Hollyweird can steal, plagiarize…..

TQM38a on October 29, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Keith Olbermann just posted on twitter, “Wow does ‘Hot Air’ blow. Headline: “Crist to Olbermann: Oh yeah, Meek talked to me about dropping out” Crist never said that.”

JeffreyLloyd on October 29, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Thank God we have Michael Steele at the head of the party.

KingGold on October 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM

In this case, YES.

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Keith Olbermann just posted on twitter, “Wow does ‘Hot Air’ blow. Headline: “Crist to Olbermann: Oh yeah, Meek talked to me about dropping out” Crist never said that.”

JeffreyLloyd on October 29, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Yeah. Apology necessary for typo error?

AP, if you’re a genius, then don’t!. OlbyWanDirty will give you a shoutout:

HOTAIR IS THE WORST BLOG IN THE WORLD!

AP should be proud. humpbot!

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Rubio will become a force if he distinguish himself in the senate and get some foreign policy bona fide. The only negative I see is that he is a lifelong legislating politician. I wish he has some executive experience.

bayview on October 29, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Quoting Marc Ambinder:

“Maybe Charlie Crist is being paid by the Republicans after all.”

Now, the flack goes to the GOP? RNC must deny this! What an idiot!

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 12:51 AM

On Ambinder’s article:

WOW! NICE SPIN!

But I won’t buy it! Clinton and Obama should apologize to Meek in public!

And Slick Willy, how could you do this to one of Hillary’s supporters?

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Crist, Mercatski, Snarlin’ Arlen…and the list goes on. The thought of losing power drives these egomaniacs do desperate and stupid things. It may take us several election cycles to rid ourselves of these thugs, but we can take back our country.

d1carter on October 29, 2010 at 1:12 AM

Update: Crist’s spokesman says Crist never asked the White House for help on this and the White House never offered to help.

Watch the Greta interview. He should have quit at Olbermann, who tomorrow night will tell Meek according to Olbermann’s Twitter that he would be a “hero with a capital ‘H’ if he dropped out of the race.”

Marcus on October 29, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Crist looks and acts certifiable. What a group! Rubio is so obviously the best person in this race. Surely the people of Florida agree and will send him to WDC.

Mae on October 29, 2010 at 2:30 AM

After losing on Nov. 2nd, what can Floridians expect from the lameduck known as Crist?

Gohawgs on October 29, 2010 at 3:08 AM

Pity the poor black man – all these years he has endured being set behind the white man, but now he must suffer the ignominy of being set behind the orange as well.

Adjoran on October 29, 2010 at 4:51 AM

Update: Who ordered the Code Red on Kendrick Meek? Sounds like it was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (emphasis added)

Allah, I thought that was funny. And I agree.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 5:55 AM

Anyone watch Crist on Greta’s show last night? Talk about strange! Someone’s gotta post the video.

Cue the Twilight Zone music.

Urban Infidel on October 29, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Update: Who ordered the Code Red on Kendrick Meek? Sounds like it was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (emphasis added)

Oh, AP! dude, that is funny!!

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 6:47 AM

except that, in A Few Good Men, it was the black guy and the white kid that gave it to a hispanic kid, at GTMO no less, because he couldn’t run very fast….

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 6:48 AM

except that, in A Few Good Men, it was the black guy and the white kid that gave it to a hispanic kid, at GTMO no less, because he couldn’t run very fast….

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 6:48 AM

No, it was because the hispanic kid complained outside the chain of command.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 6:58 AM

Hey maybe Meeks & Clinton set Charlie up.

Now he (Charlie) s exposed as the great big fat liar that he is.

stenwin77 on October 29, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Just saw Meeks on Fox and Friends and then Moaning Joe – Allah Pundit should rest easier. Guess which show treated the black Democratic nominee better, without Joe, Mika, Mark Halperin and Arianna brow-beating him that he’s a loser. Olbermann can’t be happy that all the Crist interview clips that MSNBC are running are from Greta vanSusteren’s show. Ha!

Marcus on October 29, 2010 at 7:31 AM

I would not be surprised if the Obama regime did contact Meek and offered him some backdoor reward if he’d drop out and when he initially refused, the Obama regime then threatened him politically. After all, it’s the “Chicago Way”(tm).

Carl on October 29, 2010 at 7:44 AM

I can sort of buy that just because they took so much heat over trying to bribe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff

You, by chance, interested in buying a nice bridge???

winston on October 29, 2010 at 7:53 AM

No, it was because the hispanic kid complained outside the chain of command.

BuckeyeSam on October 29, 2010 at 6:58 AM

right. but i was giving LT Weinberg’s theory…

ted c on October 29, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Just catching up now. Oh my what a CF.

Rubio has to be loving this. Oh and I don’t agree with Meek but he seems like a nice guy. I’m glad he’s not bowing to the pressure.

gophergirl on October 29, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Meek: “Charlie bit my finger, and it hurts.”

Mojave Mark on October 29, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Crist has ruined any shot Alex McBride had of winning. In fact, I think this is just a sneak preview of the implosion awaiting Dems on Nov 2nd.

gatorfanatic on October 29, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Man, the smart power just jumps through the television with Crist.
There needs to be an investigation on how much money Charlie put down on Rubio winning because you couldn’t come up with a better plan to burn down everyone’s house but Marcos.

jjshaka on October 29, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Put that black democrat back on the porch…who does he think he is? We got us a white boy to run, even a Republican turncoat is better then a loyal black democrat (you can’t trust them).
Next time he asks permission.
“We don’t take to no cotton of these boys steppin off the porch wifout us knowin” stated an undisclosed democrat…

right2bright on October 29, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I don’t agree with Meek but he seems like a nice guy. I’m glad he’s not bowing to the pressure.

gophergirl on October 29, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Meek comes across as a true blue democrat…I don’t get the dissing of him.

Meek was a star football player in college. He also founded the Young Democrats club at Florida A&M and was president of the Florida Young Democrats organization. He was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. through the Upsilon Psi chapter.

After graduating, he was sworn in as a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol, eventually rising to the rank of captain. He was the first African-American to hold that rank

No doubt a liberal, no doubt a democrat (his mother was a congressman)
But a loyal lifelong democrat…it shows you have desperate dems are.
But then lifelong Republican didn’t back a conservative up north…so it works both ways.

right2bright on October 29, 2010 at 9:25 AM

After Tuesday we Floridians won’t have to suffer through any more Crist campaign ads. And once his term as Governor ends in a couple of months we won’t see much of him any longer except when he’s brought on as a guest on MSNBC.

Carl on October 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM

does anybody believe a single word these people are saying?

sbvft contributor on October 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Er, Ah who’s on first?

Herb on October 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Crist is apparently a stealth Republican, attempting to destroy the Florida Democrat plantation for black voters by messing with Kendrick Meek’s head and making it look like Obama and Clinton are trying to Keep The Black Man Down in favor of some orange person.

Thanks, Snooki!

Jaibones on October 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Lying is hard! (Channeling Lori Ziganto; You rule, Chick!).

College Prof on October 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Crist to Olbermann: three words that say it all.

mwbri on October 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Crist is already seeing the boomerang on this story. Now, the chatter is that he agreed to caucus with Dems.

That’s not going to sit well with his more conservative voters.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 11:22 AM

does anybody believe a single word these people are saying?

sbvft contributor on October 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Not me. I think Bill and Meeks talked, of course. Why wouldn’t they discuss it?

But the rest, I think, has been nothing but gossip-mongering by Crist.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 11:23 AM

I dont’ care what Meeks said about conceding (or not), Christ is a slime-weasel of the first magnitude. Just living in the same town as him made me feel greasy and slimy ….

Lord, I hate that buggering sleazeball, please dump his sorry ass on the nearest beach and let him retire…PLEASE!

Geministorm on October 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

we won’t see much of him any longer except when he’s brought on as a guest on MSNBC.

You watch MSNBC?

Christ will get work with some insurance company once he is removed from the governor’s mansion. Either that or he’ll do ads for spray-on tans. I don’t think even used car salesmen would want to work with him though, since they might have an ounce of honor or credibility somewhere in their being…Christ, not a chance.

Geministorm on October 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Geministorm on October 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Bob Dole can line up some Viagra ads for Charlie.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Could it be possible Crist tells more lies than Obama ?
I guess it is

ELMO Q on October 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I can see the ad the RNC should be running in Florida.

Old white man Democrat smoking a cigar is sitting behind a desk and interviewing candidates for Senator.

Black man walks in – Old white Democrat says NO

Hispanic man walks in – Old white Democrat says NO

White man walks in – Old white Democrat jumps up and says “You are the one we’ve been waiting for”.

huckleberryfriend on October 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

I can sort of buy that just because they took so much heat over trying to bribe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff out of the Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Sorry if this question has already been asked, but what “heat” did they take? They meddled illegally in 2 federal elections and the only reason anyone still remembers it is because YOU keep mentioning it (quite rightly, IMHO). But if you think what they’ve taken is heat, just imagine what kind of heat a republican pulling the same shenanigans would have to take.

runawayyyy on October 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

* As of today, more than 1.7 million Floridians have already voted – approximately 1/3 of all likely voters.

*waves*

Tanya on October 29, 2010 at 9:40 PM

quick -

somebody call Mike Rowe.

I have a suggestion for the next “Dirty Jobs” episode;

being the spokesman for the Charlie Crist campaign.

dissent555 on October 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

black people figured out what under the bus meant afterall — LOL.

tarpon on October 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

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