Guess who’s coming to Charlotte?

posted at 2:41 pm on August 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Republicans will have former Rep. Artur Davis speaking at their national convention this week — the man who served as Barack Obama’s national co-chair in 2008 and seconded his nomination at the Democratic convention that year.  Democrats now have their answer, a prominent former Republican officeholder who will speak at the Democratic convention in Charlotte next week:

Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

An official with President Barack Obama’s campaign said Sunday that Crist will speak at next week’s convention in Charlotte, N.C., but the day hasn’t been worked out.

Actually, this is a great swap … for Republicans.  Crist is rumored to have ambitions to seek his old job back on the Democratic ticket in 2014, but he hardly impressed Floridians with his sour-grapes moves in the 2010 Senate election.  Instead of acknowledging his loss in the primary to Marco Rubio, Crist decided to run as an independent. In fact, at perhaps more than one point, he tried to push Democrat Kendrick Meek out of the race and get Obama’s endorsement.

How did that work out?  Rubio nearly won a majority at 48% in a three-way race, with Crist — the sitting governor at the time — finishing a distant second at 30%. Democrat Kendrick Meek only got 20% of the vote.  Crist lost even among independents, 51% of whom backed Rubio to Crist’s 38%.

Now, with Florida on the line as a swing state, Obama will feature a politician that could only get 30% of the vote in a Senate race while serving as governor to endorse him on national TV.  It makes for good optics on TV to give an apostate the floor (as it does for the GOP with Davis), but they’re hitching their wagon to a fallen star in terms of Florida.

Update: Paul Mirengoff explores the “sour grapes” factor even further:

The fact that Crist lost gives rise to the suspicion that his endorsement of Obama represents sour grapes. This suspicion gains strength from the fact that Crist in the past has been quite critical of Obama. By contrast, Miller turned against his fellow Democrats for coherent ideological reasons — Miller was moderate to conservative. Similarly, Lieberman endorsed McCain because the two had long been closely aligned on foreign policy and national security issues, and because Lieberman sensed, correctly, that Obama’s views on these matters did not comport with the Lieberman/McCain approach.

Unfortunately, there is one more difference between Crist and Miller/Lieberman — Crist comes from a state that the Republicans probably must win. Moreover, as noted, Crist pulled in 30 percent of the Florida vote in his 2010 Senate race. In the context of Crist’s career, that showing was fairly pathetic. But in the context of an extremely tight presidential race in Florida, it can’t be discounted.

I think with Marco Rubio’s success, the voters in Florida won’t have much buyer’s remorse, and the Crist association won’t help Obama.


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huh? what?

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

It’s Carrot Man!

catmman on August 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

What’s Crist looking at?
Datass! LOL!
Him and Arlen should headline the event

abobo on August 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

That is some picture.

esr1951 on August 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Nice picture. I wonder what Charlie’s looking at. I think we all know what he’s not looking at…

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

…and that, boys and girls, is how the Orange Man became orange!

spiritof61 on August 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

eh… thought it would be Sen. Murkowski

equanimous on August 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The only person on this planet who takes Choo-Choo Charlie Crist seriously is Choo-Choo Charlie Crist. The man is a living breathing cartoon caricature.

pilamaye on August 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

CAPTION

“Former Gov. Crist conducts empirical test of VIAGRA; satisfied with drug-makers claim”

BobMbx on August 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Orange is the official state beverage, not the official skin tone. Idiot.

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Yes, remember this is a man who tried to push a black man out the door for his own aspirations.

Red Cloud on August 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

What’s Crist looking at?
abobo on August 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

A she-male, obviously. Or as they call them in Asia, chicks with d*cks.

CorporatePiggy on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Is anyone actually reading the post?

esr1951 on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I love how the media celebrates Charlie Crist for apparently disregarding “party politics” and supporting Obama.

Meanwhile, Arthur Davis? THAT NO-GOOD UNCLE TOM!

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Aizen on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

This photo would be one hell of a palette cleanser if
you clipped Agent Orange out of it.

What say you Ed??

ToddPA on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

He’s a trial lawyer now. He knows who butters his bread.

lorien1973 on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

It’s worth pointing out that Charlie Crist now works for ambulance-chasing, Obama-boosting Florida law firm Morgan & Morgan.

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Her? I hope so.

What orange guy?

fiatboomer on August 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Proletariat of all countries colors, unite!

Archivarix on August 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Nice picture. I wonder what Charlie’s looking at. I think we all know what he’s not looking at…

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

He’s looking for the beta carotene baby oil he left on the beach.

forest on August 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Where the boys are…

Philly on August 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

So that’s the gender gap I’ve been hearing about?

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

The fact that Crist lost gives rise to the suspicion that his endorsement of Obama represents sour grapes.

I think he has enough sour grapes there to make some whine.

squint on August 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Artur Davis is awesome. Glad he’s on our side.

ConservativeLA on August 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Charlie’s friends refer to him by a nickname that starts with a “g” and rhymes with “Agent Orange.”

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

What’s Crist looking at?
Datass! LOL!
Him and Arlen should headline the event

abobo on August 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

..maybe him. I think ol’ Arlen is practicing at being dead. He realizes it looms large in his future.

The War Planner on August 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I’m sorry what the hell was this thread about again?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

The photo for this post is an optical illusion.

If you stare at it long enough, you’ll start to see Charlie Crist.

BobMbx on August 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Crist is the best they could do? That’s laughable. It’s also reactive and plainly seen as such.

Politician loses a primary, switches party to Independent and still loses. Now, I suppose, becomes a Democrat and speaks as part of the sideshow at the DNC? What’s next- will he start his own party or something?

It’s more embarrassing than threatening. Exactly what meaningful part of the Florida voter Demographic is still pinning for Crist?

Marcus Traianus on August 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Whenever I see photos like this from the Sunshine state,
I think of the movie SLAPSHOT.

The horny goalie talking about a woman he met who was
an “underwater specialist” from FLA.

..”and her nip*les were like little rocks”
best quote of teh movie

ToddPA on August 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

It seems appropriate that Florida’s narcissist endorses America’s narcissist!

GrayDog on August 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Surprised at the choice of pic, Ed.

mankai on August 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

Shocker! It will definitely not be a Zell Miller kind of moment though. Miller clearly endorsed GWB out of principle. Crist is nothing but an angry pumpkin-colored liberal who was rejected by the Florida GOP, has no future as a Republican, and sees the opportunity to get some sort of a job if the rat-eared bastard gets a second term.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

A heckuva successor Jeb Bush chose for Florida…

Crist’s endorsement of McCain probably helped him win the FL primary in 2008, but a lot of good that did in the general election.

Then he started getting all huggy with Obumbles in 2009 and 2010, and was shocked! Shocked! when FL Republicans turned to Marco Rubio.

Hopefully Orange Crushed will do as much for Obumbles as he did for McCain…

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

What an ass!
Yeah, her’s too.

St Gaudens on August 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Ahhh… the ole Charlie Hustle

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Charlie’s friends refer to him by a nickname that starts with a “g” and rhymes with “Agent Orange.”

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Garage?

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Poor, Jetboy.

Esthier on August 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

So you’re telling me that a politician who was roundly rejected by Republicans in Florida and subsequently rejected by ALL Florida voters is going to be speaking at the DNC?

If you tell me he’s getting a prime time slot, I will believe that the DNC may be TRYING to lose the election on purpose.

CycloneCDB on August 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

RINOs can go either way

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Has this poor idiot come out of the closet yet??? Bad losers are so off-putting to me….they have a foul odor.

Redstone357 on August 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

… Democrat or Republican

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Douchebaggery they name is Charlie Crist

rayra on August 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

If anyone should happen to watch this misbegotten waste of protoplasm at the Democrat Convention, just do not forget that he got the massive support of the Republican national leadership against Rubio. That has got to be an indictment of that leadership, and an encouragement to replace them with people who regard the Left as the enemy instead of esteemed colleagues across the aisle.

Subotai Bahadur

Subotai Bahadur on August 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Now that the demonut platform is about Gay’s Charlie the “Q Tip” can finally come out of the closet! It’s always in the timing.

Tbone McGraw on August 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Who is the woman in the picture, Sunshine Charlies Beard?

bbinfl on August 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Nice picture. I wonder what Charlie’s looking at. I think we all know what he’s not looking at…

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

What? Crist is in the photo? You mean the photo of the very hot babe in the thong? There’s someone else in that photo?

dentarthurdent on August 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Ok Ok

Help out here politicos from Florida.
I’m reading that Crist is so disliked and such an obvious dirty $lut political panderer that the new conventional wisdom this afternoon is he could hurt Obama in Florida. He may be un-invited to speak.

Marcus on August 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

At first glance, I thought that was Bill Clinton studiously observing that young lady’s anatomy.

Bitter Clinger on August 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Guess the ambulance chasing didn’t work out?

http://youtu.be/-rcg_-8hB4E

MarkCasper on August 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Crist should fit right in with the Democrats. Loser.

GarandFan on August 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Fellow cons: I wouldn’t get too cocky.

From what I understand, Charlie Crist has quite the following!

pain train on August 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

He’s a trial lawyer now. He knows who butters his bread.

lorien1973 on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

OF COURSE he’s looking at buttering up some buns.
:P

ChicagoBlues on August 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Crist is a stupid stupid stupid stupid man.
And another thing – he is stupid as well.
Hopefully fewer Democrats will turn out to vote because the DNC recruited this @$$hat.

22044 on August 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Poor, Jetboy.

Esthier on August 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Teeeheeee

SouthernGent on August 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

It’s worth pointing out that Charlie Crist now works for ambulance-chasing, Obama-boosting Florida law firm Morgan & Morgan.

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Charlie has a distinct advantage: he can nose around the accident scene undetected!

pain train on August 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

OF COURSE he’s looking at buttering up some buns.
:P

ChicagoBlues on August 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Ae you still thinking about Erika’s comment last week?

dentarthurdent on August 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Charlie’s friends refer to him by a nickname that starts with a “g” and rhymes with “Agent Orange.”

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

A mind bender. Gay Gent’s Flange? (Does he have many friends?)

Barnestormer on August 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

This was the big announcement about a Republican speaker at the demonut national convention? LMMFBO! The demonuts don’t even recognize one of their own, even if they are standing right in front of them! I wonder if Fruity Charlie will wear a dress, or just his favorite panties under his capri pants?

Tbone McGraw on August 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Can you imagine Crissy Matthews’ man love for Crist…?

Seven Percent Solution on August 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

What a disturbing and creepy photo you got there.

lucyvanpelt on August 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Meanwhile, in his bunker in Forest Lake, Minnesota, Arne Carlson dreams of what might have been and starts munching carrots by the sack.

Mr. D on August 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Poor, Jetboy.

Esthier on August 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Teeeheeee

SouthernGent on August 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

.
What? Is Jetboy out of Noms again? I have a old Toronto BlueJays hat he can chew on.

LincolntheHun on August 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Pray, Dems, that the Charlotte 7-11s and Motel 8s have laid in spray on tan.

Limerick on August 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Very few endorsements bring more than a handful of actual votes with them. With Crist, you have to wonder just who on earth would make a decision on the Presidential election based on his word. Maybe his mother?

Adjoran on August 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

No worries, Nomad. Zell Miller would have dunked Crist keister first from the three point line.

Limerick on August 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

He’s a trial lawyer now. He knows who butters his bread.

lorien1973 on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Buttering ain’t the only thing going on with those buns!

Nutstuyu on August 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

In the pic that is…

Nutstuyu on August 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

…you know, to the left of the weird orange thing.

Nutstuyu on August 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Is anyone actually reading the post?

esr1951 on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

…now that I had to roll my chair under the desk…guess I’ll read it!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Charlie’s friends refer to him by a nickname that starts with a “g” and rhymes with “Agent Orange.”

steebo77 on August 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

It’s a trick. Nothing rhymes with “orange”.

SailorMark on August 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Nice buns. Nice pic.

petefrt on August 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Hey, the Dems should introduce him as speaker with that pic! Their convention was supposed to be about wymyns rights and stuff, wasnt it?

Valkyriepundit on August 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The NSRC and John Cornyn endorsed Crist over Rubio. I don’t know why Crist would have sour grapes unless he just hates the voters of Florida for not electing him to the Senate. The Republican party didn’t do anything to hurt him.

Maybe Crist is really just a liberal at heart. Full of hate.

jaime on August 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Charlie Crist is pro-life, fought against Obama-care, good grief, I guess he gets up and says “I have been lying all my political career, that is why I have been embraced and have chosen the democratic party”.

right2bright on August 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I’m still trying to get over the headline on Drudge:
“Protesters Dressed As Giant Vaginas Greet GOP Delegates…”
Most bizarre headline evah! h/t jimver

SailorMark on August 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Spray-tan Charlie now works for a noted ambulance-chasing law firm here in Tampa/St. Pete…

HornHiAceDeuce on August 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Charlie has a distinct advantage: he can nose around the accident scene undetected!

pain train on August 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Ward Cleaver on August 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

“Former Gov. Crist conducts empirical test of VIAGRA; satisfied with drug-makers claim”

When he took Viagra, it made him taller.

Dirty Creature on August 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

“Former Gov. Crist conducts empirical test of VIAGRA; satisfied with drug-makers claim”

When he took Viagra, it made him taller.

Dirty Creature on August 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Heh, and he was worried because he remained tall for more than four hours?

hawkdriver on August 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Heh, and he was worried because he remained tall for more than four hours?

hawkdriver on August 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

No need to seek medical attention; just follow those beach bunnies into the water.

Barnestormer on August 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Must I really be reminded of the err of my ways like this? Crist was but a long-forgotten mistake of epic proportions. I did my penance…even accused felons can’t be tried more than once for the same crime…

JetBoy on August 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Is anyone actually reading the post?

esr1951 on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

.
…now that I had to roll my chair under the desk…guess I’ll read it!

KOOLAID2
on August 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

.
What post?

listens2glenn on August 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Came back 6 hours later to get another look @datass! Both of them.

abobo on August 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I remember this picture from a previous Charlie Crist post (years ago), and a particular comment to it, then.

Unfortunately I don’t remember who the commenter was.

But the comment as I remember it, is as follows:
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What an ASS !
.
Oh, and the girl has a nice butt, too.

listens2glenn on August 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Guess who doesn’t care?

bgibbs1000 on August 27, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Charlie hates BLACK PEOPLE!! Look what he did in 2010 to Kendrick Meek, the descendant of slaves. TOTAL DISRESPECT. But now he loves Obama. Oh wait, Obama isn’t ….

ex Dem from Miami on August 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM

If your a guy, and girl walks by dressed like that, and you don’t look, isn’t that kind of an insult? Yeah, I think perhaps.

michaelthomas on August 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM