The two faces of Charlie Crist

posted at 11:01 am on August 26, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Tis the season for endorsements, and in the key swing state of Florida, former Governor Charlie Crist has found the horse he wants to back in this race: President Barack Obama. So strongly does he feel about it that he took to the editorial pages to recite this paean of love.

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility…

President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That’s what makes him the right leader for our times, and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him today.

My, my, that’s certainly a glowing endorsement, and Crist is well within his rights to choose for himself and speak up. But there are some other folks who have expressed less confidence in Obama and his future fit for the nation.

“I think the people wanted a change,” the Florida Republican said, speaking of the election of Obama in November while drawing similarities to events decades earlier.

“They wanted a change back in 1976. You remember? Richard Nixon had been president. That ended. Gerald Ford took over. The people decided they wanted a change. They got one-Jimmy Carter. Four years later, they took care of business-Ronald Reagan.”

“It may happen again… I believe that the people have seen that they wanted a change but not this much. Not this kind, and not this way. America is awake and we’re coming back.”

Who would say such a thing? Why, none other than Charlie Crist. (Crist predicts Carter-esque loss for Obama) Oh what a difference a couple of years makes. What could account for such a change of heart? I suppose it must be how spectacularly well things are going in the country, proving Crist’s original misgivings over the President’s policies false. (Excuse me… I have to wipe the coffee off my monitor.)

Or could it be instead that a bitter, sore loser from some brutal in-party fighting has a political ax to grind? And he’s now going to try to stick it to his old party in a fit of pique?

Naw… couldn’t be. I’m probably just being overly cynical as usual. Your Sunday bonus video: Crist discusses his deep Republican roots and his pride in being part of the party of Reagan.

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After the state GOP voters threw Crist out on his ear, I’m sure that he holds great influence down there in the Sunshine State. In fact, it pleases me that he drops the false RINO appearance and goes full-on lefty.

But nobody really cares.

Freelancer on August 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Next thing you know we’ll see John Huntsman endorse Obama.

jake49 on August 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

kim roy on August 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

By bringing out RomneyCare?

He is so attached to it, and can’t yet understand that it is toxic. He’s been steeped in the MA perspective on life and government—it’s a miasma in the political air they breath up there.

INC on August 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

And if you’ve been paying attention most of us know this and are not happy about it. What would you rather we do? Vote for Obama? Stay home? Vote for someone who will get 1% of the vote?

Well? No really, what would YOU suggest?

kim roy on August 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I think that was Crist as some alien with antennae on Star Trek.

Sherman1864 on August 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I am not exactly thrilled about having to vote for Romney either, but the life of our disabled child probably depends on us getting rid of the evil Obummer. So I would crawl over broken glass or walk through fire to cast my vote against Obummer no matter who the Republicans nominated.

sherrimae on August 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Romney continues to infuriate me.

INC on August 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

As Michael Jackson said … YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

TheAlamos on August 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Next thing you know we’ll see John Huntsman endorse Obama.

jake49 on August 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

And the last thing you will know, Romney moves to Democratic Party in 2016 and endorse the Democrat Nominee if he loses this one last shot for presidency under the GOP.

TheAlamos on August 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Obama has the alternative lifestyle vote locked up. How does this endorsement help him in Fla?

TroubledMonkey on August 27, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I call it desire….has it happened yet?….let’s see. I Think I’m right.

Winebabe on August 27, 2012 at 12:49 AM

I live near Tampa….do you non Florida types know the shyster law firm “Morgan and Morgan” ( for the people!)????? That is who Charlie works for now…. tells me all I need to know. For ya’ll coming to Tampa, keep your eyes open and you may see his billboard for the firm around town. Poor chuck……..

omog on August 27, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Charlie Crist looks like a character who wandered off the set of a proposed Godfather sequel that was cancelled due to lack of interest . . .

RedPepper on August 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM

And if you’ve been paying attention most of us know this and are not happy about it. What would you rather we do? Vote for Obama? Stay home? Vote for someone who will get 1% of the vote?

Well? No really, what would YOU suggest?

kim roy on August 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Good grief. I was objecting to him pandering with RomneyCare. Am I no longer allowed to register an objection now that he’s the nominee?

I’ve said numerous times what I plan on doing, but I said nothing in my comment to warrant your reaction.

INC on August 27, 2012 at 1:59 AM

So who are the big names in the GOP and the “conservative” punditry that supported him in his recent political aspirations?

Whomever they are, we now know that their words are poison.

Spartacus on August 27, 2012 at 5:15 AM

The core convictions of a moderate Republican on display. Gutless.

Valiant on August 27, 2012 at 6:56 AM

And AP wonders why some of us read meat Republicans distrust RINOs…

bobcalco on August 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Roll tape!

Good thing we have these smart moderates in the GOP.

HitNRun on August 27, 2012 at 8:22 AM

“Once an ardent supporter of the president, Davis said at the 2008 Democratic convention that Obama’s election “takes us closer to becoming what we know America can be.”

Artur Davis, former Democratic congressman and 2012 RNC convention speaker, who lost a primary and became a Republican

plewis on August 27, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Crist is the best argument I have ever seen for purging the RINOs.

SurferDoc on August 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Want two heads on your body
and you’ve got two mirrors in your hand

Two heads can be put together.
And you can fill both your feet with sand.
Noone will know you’ve gutted your mind
but what will you do with your bloody hands?

—Jefferson Airplane

claudius on August 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

the faces of two incredibly narcissitic d-bags!!!!

driguana on August 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Crist is chasing ambulances now…back to his old gig

Redford on August 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Two words – trial lawyers. Crist’s piece of [email protected] mug for the firm he joined is all over billboards here in Florida. POS!

one free individual on August 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM

CC’s just trolling for a job…as a life long pol / parasite…he can’t make it in the public sector….he wants back on our payroll!

He’s better off picking up dead possums and gators from Florida roads.

Twana on August 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Close, but overlooking Charley’s obvious business development talent. Hint: Outside the Obama administration, try naming a target-richer environment for bus-related personal injury.

Barnestormer on August 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

What a snake this guy is. He belongs with the progs.

46blitz on August 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Why is Øbama looking at Crist’s lips?

petefrt on August 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Florida Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam, just said of Crist, “bless his heart, he’ll put on anybody’s costume just to be in the parade”. I almost ran off the road.

sandspur on August 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

That’s probably the most accurate quote on Crist EVER. Trying desperately to remain relevant. Since we Republicans kicked him out, poor widdle Charlie decided to play ball with the other side. He will NEVER have another elected office in Florida though I’ll bet he’ll try running for a Senate seat as a Democrat in the future.

In fact, according to Grahamnesty,

With Florida once again expected to play a critical role in the upcoming presidential election, former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham warned Newsmax.TV that the nation should brace for the possibility of a “strong second act” of another hanging chad-like controversy courtesy of The Sunshine State.

TheAlamos on August 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hate to burst your bubble, but this stupid article (You’re quoting Newsmax? Really??) is quoting DEMOCRAT BOB Graham, former Gov. and Sen. of Florida and NOT Republican Lindsey Graham.

The Democrats in Florida are just pissed that we’ve been cracking down on voter fraud by clearing out the voter rolls and getting tougher on people getting FL driver’s licenses/photo IDs which are required to vote.

Kirin on August 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Orange you glad Crist isn’t a Senator?

Rubio to endorse Romney in 3…2…1…

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

One of the things that voters outside the Sunshine State should be aware of in light of Crist’s endorsement is that the voters of Florida have been aware of his liberal leanings for quite some time. Long before he ran for the Senate Crist had already shown that his conservative tint was only as deep as the orange dye of his false tan. In fact no sooner had Crist left office than he found a cushy job with the liberal coven of trial lawyers at Morgan and Morgan, one of the most notoriously left-wing law firms in the state.

It became clear to the electorate of Florida, both within and outside of the GOP that Crist’s obstruction of tort reform and educational reform legislation in his last term as governor had been based on a philosophical position far to the left of his advertised values.

Charlie Crist is a political opportunist, plain and simple and Florida voters have known it for quite some time. He knows that he will never hold major electoral office in the Sunshine State again, so now he seeks a national stage on which to launch his re-birth as a movement liberal. Look for him to find a convenient reason to re-locate to a left-leaning battleground state in the next two years so he can gear up for another Senate run.

Charlie Crist – no matter what colors he drapes himself in you can trust that they’re never more than skin deep.

ConfigSys.boy on August 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Crist will be one of the many female speakers at the Democrat convention next week.

Colony14 on August 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

So when Artur Davis changes his mind after getting beaten,, it is a noble thing but when Charlie Crist does the same thing it is bad you folks are so dishonest intellectually it is comical.

U2denver on August 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I think they are gonna kiss….

RockyJ. on August 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Amazing picture of Obie and Crist. shakespearean

Julius Crist Act 3 Scene 2

Barrack Hussein:
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar …

I mean this guy.
Do we still need him?
Dont touch the suit

entagor on August 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Ahh the orange face endorsement for $16 T in debt, failed solar corporate fatcat enrichment, 8.3% unemployment, “saved” jobs, outsourcer in chief (NASA, GE, and Oil drilling), phony fracking science and obummer care exemptions. Oh yeah this guy is a piece of work.

jake49 on August 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Like so many politicians who’ve proven themselves inept and bereft of creative thought, Crist is a has-been desperately trying to remain relevant.

EdmundBurke247 on August 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM