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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Charlie Crist lacks the steadfastness & loyalty of Arlen Specter.

rbj on August 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

ChOrange

pain train on August 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Just a couple of years ago the Republican establishment backed this jerk over Marco Rubio. Rubio’s win is an excellent example of We The People not letting ourselves be pushed around.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Yeah a Jeb Bush crony for many years.

sonnyspats1 on August 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Is it just me or does Obama seem to be looking at Charlie with desire? Ummmmm.

Winebabe on August 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The two faces of Charlie Crist

Orange and burnt umber?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I think it’s funny how being a “Charlie Crist Republican” is now a smear in Florida.

joekenha on August 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The guy is still delusional.
Yo, Charlie … Just go away, willya?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Oooh, get her!

Chuckles is righteously pissed with the Rethuglikkkan Part-ay.

Beware the Ooompah Loompah.

CorporatePiggy on August 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Coming soon to a theater near you…. Charlie Christ IS Secret Agent Orange

phreshone on August 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes.

1) He didn’t build that.

2) Is Chuckie delusional? Worrying about his political fortune is the closest thing to work that JugEars has ever done. Ever.

pain train on August 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Charlie Crist makes Linc Chaffee look like Barry Goldwater

phreshone on August 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

still some resentment of charlie christ against his opponents in the rebub party.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

As Stacy McCain said this morning:

An unpopular former Florida governor has endorsed an unpopular president.

Rational Thought on August 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

One would think that an endorsement from him would have the opposite intended effect given his rich history of political success and ethical steadfastness.

natasha333 on August 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

He’ll fit right in with the Democraps.

Conservalicious on August 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

This will have an net negative effect on Obama in Florida! Why? Read!

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.

jjnco73 on August 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

2 faces of Charlie Crist meets the 2-faced Obama…match made.

hillsoftx on August 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I hate to interrupt the thread but if you can possibly join the ABC panel currently playing or watch it later, you will love it. Greta van Susteren and Mary Matalin are killing it. Just torpedo-ing Jennifer Granholm and George Stephy.

Marcus on August 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Sorry Charlie but Arture Davis cancels out your vote.

Winebabe on August 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

It’s good these people are revealing themselves because now we know who is absolutely working against this country and we can work against them.

vityas on August 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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…

Which Obama was this, ever? Charlie I think you might have a split personality, well, a split anyway, I’m not too sure about personality.

stukinIL4now on August 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Loser backs loser, film at 11.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Go look up weasel in the dictionary. It has a picture of this man’s face.

ButterflyDragon on August 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

It’s hard to believe that this guy was a republican rockstar 4 years ago. He essentially ended Romney’s first run with his endorsement of McCain.

Rusty Allen on August 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Charlie Crist is two-faced?

Well, paint me green and call me an elf!

trigon on August 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Charlie Crist lacks the steadfastness & loyalty of Arlen Specter.

rbj on August 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Nor the cunning.

bayview on August 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Charlie Crist was an understudy to Larry Tate on the show Bewitched.

itsspideyman on August 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I think Crist forgets why it is that people don’t like him, and it’s not just his literal embrace of Barack Obama. It’s more about the dirty way he tried to set himself up as a U.S. Senator from Florida. So, yeah. The fact that his methods are as slimy as Team Obama’s makes his endorsement completely unsurprising.

Murf76 on August 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Huge egos must make up for a lack somewhere else. This could also be applied to the current occupant as well as he who is formerly known as the R gov of Fla.

Kissmygrits on August 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The Orange kiss of death.

Smoooooch!

profitsbeard on August 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Okay, if it’s a Crist or an Arthur Davis, Davis wins hands down.

petefrt on August 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Is it just me or does Obama seem to be looking at Charlie with desire? Ummmmm.

Winebabe on August 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

…yeah!…but it’s nothing sexual…Charlie’s a dog!

KOOLAID2 on August 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

He eats too much papaya.

Rambotito on August 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

grated that charlie is hated by the republican base, but how is charlie seen in florida by independents and centrist republicans? can his endorsement mean trouble for mitt in florida? we need polls!

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well, I guess the faction of unprincipled, traiterous careerists in American politics needed a new leader after the retirement of Arlen Specter.

Hmmm:

The corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus guttatus), or red rat snake, is a North American species of rat snake…

The corn snake, also known as the rat snake of the out back (Pantherophis guttatus guttatus) lives in the southeastern United States, and is distinguished by having brownish-orange skin with orange/red saddles…

They can be found in the southeastern United States ranging from New Jersey to Florida and as far west as Texas.

Valkyriepundit on August 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

un hombre fuego y naranja….

ted c on August 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The biggest lie of this campaign is that the democraps are champions of the middle class and republicans are only concerned with those evil big businesses. It takes scumbags like Crist to perpetrate this lie.

NOMOBO on August 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Politicians must think that voters have zero memory. That this man is not laughed out of town is testament that the politicians’ perception is at least partially true.

He gives the word “opportunist” a bad name.

AZfederalist on August 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Crist is chasing ambulances now…back to his old gig

Over and done. Go back to the dark alleys Crist. Your friends are waiting for you

Redford on August 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

RINO without mask is just Democrat in Drag.

No Two faces to see here, just the real face that was hiding behind a mask. Once the Tea Party stripped it off The People can now see who he really is.

(Of course the Establishment never cared, they want to elect Republicans for the Purpose of Electing Republicans, accomplishing something legislatively is purely a secondary thought.)

jaydee_007 on August 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

CHARLIE CRIST!?!?!

abobo on August 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

(Crist predicts Carter-esque loss for JugEars)…

…Dementia is not funny!

KOOLAID2 on August 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

What a putz!

tngmv on August 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

“No child wants to play with a Charlie-In-The-Box.”

Lanceman on August 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Don’t worry Charlie, as soon as all your former aides are done milquetoasting up Romney’s campaign, they’ll be available for your next run at failure.

Western_Civ on August 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Is it just me or does Obama seem to be looking at Charlie with desire? Ummmmm.

Winebabe on August 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Since Biden revealed he’d been cheating with 2 other presidents, you mean?

Alberta_Patriot on August 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Politicians must think that voters have zero memory. That this man is not laughed out of town is testament that the politicians’ perception is at least partially true.

He gives the word “opportunist” a bad name.

AZfederalist on August 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

And chances are better than even that he could become the next ‘rat governor.

Ugh.

Lanceman on August 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Well, Obama is going to have to spend a ton of money, in Florida, to overcome this endorsement. I really don’t believe Charlie Crist has a lot of respect with the voters and, if he’s endorsing Obama, chances are no one else wanted his endorsement.

bflat879 on August 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Sorry, Charlie, but you lost.
You’re a loser.
You were then, you are now and you will be for all time to come.
People recognize your support for the worst president that the country has ever had for what it is- a pathetic attempt at payback.Which tells us that you are still seething over your well-deserved loss. Loser.

justltl on August 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Just a couple of years ago the Republican establishment backed this jerk over Marco Rubio. Rubio’s win is an excellent example of We The People not letting ourselves be pushed around.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Aame thing with Arlen Specter in 2004. The GOP Establishment never learns.

bw222 on August 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Charlie was against Barry before he was for him. Should play that video, over and over again.

bayview on August 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Why bother giving any attention to a dirtbag like OrangeCrist and give a little love to an American hero of the highest order?

Here’s an exceptional, rare interview for an Aussie leadership and business production company:

Watch the whole thing

rickyricardo on August 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The two faces of Charlie Crist

…the one up front is orange…the one in back has a long vertical crack with some ingrown hairs all around!

KOOLAID2 on August 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I look at a Charlie Crist endorsement the same way as a Jetboy, only I like Jetboy.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

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.

Fixed it.

Wino on August 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

If I would ever have the pleasure of seeing charlatan shitst… i’d punch him in the face mercilessly.

mugsiex on August 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

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.

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Tabloid level attention seeker runs into the waiting arms of his estranged party’s nemesis; loser has knee pads, will suck up for MSM mention.
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RalphyBoy on August 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Charlie plays on both teams.

Philly on August 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Yeah a Jeb Bush crony for many years.

sonnyspats1 on August 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

No more Bushes ever. The should be a limit as to how much damage one family can do to the country and the GOP. The Bushes have exceeded it And, Old Lady Bush, shut the hell up forever!

bw222 on August 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Note to self; never get on the wrong side of Cindy Munford.

So skillful and sweet with the scalpel, you never know when she slits your throat.

cozmo on August 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

There goes the orange vote..

sandee on August 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Charlie plays on both teams.

Philly on August 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

That’s because he always gets picked last.

cozmo on August 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

got some polls:

When Public Policy Polling polled a hypothetical race between Crist vs. Scott eight months ago, Crist wholloped Scott by 23 points (55-32), thanks to Crist’s 25% of Republicans and a 20-point lead with independents (52-32).

But now Scott has pulled to within three points of Crist in a hypothetical match-up (44-41). Scott actually leads 43-40 with independents.

Part of Crist’s decline against Scott is his own personal numbers. His 41-41 favorability split overall is down from 48-33 last November. That includes declines across the board, but particularly with the independents who now favor Scott. He has slipped 17 points on the margin with them, and they now actually dislike him, 36-44.

oh! he still is a player in florida! ugh! this wont be good for rebubs.

nathor on August 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Orange and burnt umber?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Orange and High Yellow?

Mimzey on August 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

KOOLAID2 on August 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Orange Julius Charlie Crist.

BlaxPac on August 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

We The People

GaltBlvnAtty on August 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

No, no, no, it’s not “We The People,” it’s “Morgan and Morgan, For The People.”

Geez, didn’t you see Charlie’s commercial?

//

Flora Duh on August 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It’s time for a hug.

Curtiss on August 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I drove down the Turnpike to Orlando this week and there must have been a dozen Morgan & Morgan (forthepeople.com) billboards with Dreamcicle Charlie (orange & white) telling us not to text and drive. But if you do and crash, then call Charlie and he’ll sue somebody for ya.

jb34461 on August 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

As a Floridian, I say take him, Barack, he’s all yours! No deposit, and absolutely no returns. Thank God we have Marco Rubio and Rick Scott as Senator and Governor, instead of this human wasteland.

Scriptor on August 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

So skillful and sweet with the scalpel, you never know when she slits your throat.

cozmo on August 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Why, thank you very much, I appreciate it. Only in this case I was suggesting that neither of these gentleman have a great track record for the poor souls they endorse.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

This greasy rat could have had a Senate seat forever if it were up the The Establishment. RINO scum is an understatement.

SurferDoc on August 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

We just found the Republican speaker at the Dem convention.

faraway on August 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

THIS JUST IN!!! Pres. Husein Just won Endorsement of Memnoch the Devil of Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles fame.

Varchild on August 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Its still devastating, and funny.

Did jetboy ever eat his hat? Last I heard he was waiting on an edible one.

cozmo on August 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

” Slip and fall call Morgan law “

Lucano on August 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Christ should watch the movie before he endorses Obama.

crosspatch on August 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Is it just me or does Obama seem to be looking at Charlie with desire? Ummmmm.

Winebabe on August 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

That’s because he recognizes Charlie for what he is–a dog.

Western_Civ on August 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Charlie plays on both teams.

Philly on August 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Tight end or wide receiver?

BigAlSouth on August 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Charlie Crist is the epitome of a two-faced politician. He will say and do anything to please those that can validate his existence. When it became obvious that he was unfit to even be a RINO, his only choice was to hit his knees and kiss the backside of anyone who would make him relevant. Obama, being the narcissist that he is, always has a place for one more surrogate to perform that act of adoration.

volsense on August 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

cozmo on August 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

He said he did and that there is video but I’ve never seen it. Pictures or it didn’t happen!!!

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Thank you so much, Floridians, for choosing Rubio over this schmuck! Now it’s time for Missourians to show Akin the door!!!

Bob in VA on August 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

From the man who endorsed McCain right before the FL primary and did end Mitt Romney’s first run for POTUS. He has no beliefs, he only cares about his own advancement.
My friends in FL told me the rumors, I am sure it is all true. Go back to chasing ambulance, I don’t think he has any influence in FL at all. When he swore he’d run as a republican for senate is enough for me to know this clown is just another hack.

carolt2 on August 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

How do you swing from being a “conservative” to endorsing Obama…unless you were a fraud to begin with? Crist makes all politicians look bad, and that’s saying a lot.

jan3 on August 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I’m voting for the lemon?

Buy Danish on August 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Crist is the Dr. Tesla of the political world.

a capella on August 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

BigAlSouth on August 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

LOL! Good one.

Flora Duh on August 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Crist is another Al Sharpton – a guy who says and does things to get attention and remain “relevant” in the political world. He’s completely worthless at this point.

Freeloader on August 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Charlie likes to dress up in drag and fantasize that he’s Lisa Murkowski.

ardenenoch on August 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Why bother giving any attention to a dirtbag like OrangeCrist and give a little love to an American hero of the highest order?

Here’s an exceptional, rare interview for an Aussie leadership and business production company:

Watch the whole thing

rickyricardo on August 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Ricky, we don’t agree on much but you are dead on here. I really thought there’d be more about Neil Armstrong today.

hawkdriver on August 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I’m voting for the lemon?
Buy Danish on August 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Nice

Rusty Allen on August 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Don’t you wonder how he stood as a VP prospect for John McCain? I guess we will never know but he thought he was under consideration. Ran out and got married and everything.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.

1.) I didn’t think passages that had been present for 30 years got named after people who screwed up in just the last month, but okay!

2.) Hey Charlie, weren’t you supposedly a “pro-life” governor in Florida? Funny how those pro-life convictions turned into a desperate campaign against Marco Rubio warning that a vote for him would repeal Roe and that only you could stop him. Funny how you think that “abortion rights” is a crucial reason to support Obama.

Just exactly how sincere were your pro-life convictions as governor, Mr. Crist?

Stoic Patriot on August 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Agent Orange

txag92 on August 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

To have principles and then to have completely different principles a relatively short time later is to really have no principles at all….

jjjdad on August 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

hawkdriver on August 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Here’s a story about Neil Armstrong, a eulogy that thankfully never had to be read.

Flora Duh on August 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

OT: What about the two faces of Sarah Palin and the mysterious delegate packages being spread around ahead of the RNC convention?

Conservative Samizdat on August 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Don’t you wonder how he stood as a VP prospect for John McCain? I guess we will never know but he thought he was under consideration. Ran out and got married and everything.Cindy Munford on August 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Ooooooww, nice shot!

a capella on August 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Common, Ms. Crist! Don’t you get it? Romney now has the power to re-write the entire GOP! Your dream of Big Government will surely be manifested in the newly improved, enhanced GOP-E party policies and positions.

Don’t you remember that Romney’s more liberal than you? So stop “tingling between the legs” with Obamao. Romney also deserves your tingling.

TAMPA — The Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted 63-38 to approve a new rule allowing granting the Republican National Committee — and Mitt Romney — sweeping new powers to amend the governing document of the GOP.
The move came at the encouragement of Mitt Romney supporters on the committee, including Romney’s top lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who stressed that it would grant “flexibility” to Romney and the committee to adapt to changing political environments. The rule allows the RNC to amend the party’s rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention. And it offers the Republican Establishment a new tool to keep at by Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message.
Romney, as his party’s nominee, exerts significant influence over the RNC, which is made up of elected party officials from all 50 states, while the larger Convention Rules Committee is larger and has a more grassroots membership.
“This is necessary for the world in which we find ourselves in,” Ginsberg told the committee, adding that it is “important for the political survival of the party in the electoral context,” for the committee to be able to change the rules as it sees fit in the intervening four years between conventions.
Virginia delegate and RNC member Morton Blackwell strenuously objected to the proposed rule change, calling it “the most awful proposed amendments I’ve seen presented to this committee.”
“This is dangerous, it amounts to a power grab,” he said. “We are abandoning the historic process by which are rules are adopted.”
The Romney allies waited until Friday to propose the amendment, choosing to avoid giving the opposition time to organize by proposing it at the preliminary Rules meeting on Wednesday or during more than three years of RNC Rules Committee discussions.
South Carolina delegate Drew McKissick, who objected to the rule change, echoed Blackwell’s charge, warning that nearly any rule could now be amended by 3/4 of the Republican National Committee.
“It’s definitely a power grab by the campaign, the committee,” he said. “It’s bad juju. Once you let the genie out of the bottle they can do anything.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/romney-executes-republican-party-power-grab

TheAlamos on August 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

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