Skip to comments.Crist memoir: Rick Scott is a 'terrible governor,' Sarah Palin 'different,' Karl Rove a 'jerk'
Posted on 01/09/2014 6:04:27 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
"....Crist also recalls the 2008 presidential campaign, his friendship with Republican John McCain and Crist's near-selection as McCain's running mate.
Crist writes that he and aides spent three days filling out a detailed questionnaire before McCain officials arranged an official meeting. The group, led by McCain confidant A.B. Culvahouse, met Crist at his parents' house on Snell Isle in St. Petersburg. "We set up in the living room and stayed there all day,"....
...Weeks went by before Crist was told he wouldn't be McCain's running mate, he writes. McCain made the call to Crist personally, about 45 minutes before the world knew Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would be the choice.
Crist describes Palin as "different."
"She was definitely different from anyone I'd ever campaigned with. She gave the speeches she was asked to. She spoke with Sean Hannity of Fox News and Elisabeth Hasselbeck from The View. But other than that, she talked to almost no one," Crist writes.
"She was campaigning in a vital swing state, and still never asked me: 'What's going on in Florida? What are the local issues here? What are people thinking about?' Even if she didn't care, why not make idle conversation?"
At another point in the book, Crist writes about his decision to skip a 2006 Florida campaign rally for President George W. Bush. Crist, who was running for governor, said he got a call from Bush adviser Karl Rove.
"You've never been yelled at until you've been yelled at by Karl Rove. 'You chickens---!' he bellowed, almost cutting off my hello. 'I can't believe you didn't show up last night to be with the president. What a chickens--- thing to do.' "He sounded so agitated, he was yelling so loud, I had to pull the phone back from my ear. I knew he was under pressure. I really thought....
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I would suggest a better book - 2003 - Georgia Democrat Zell Miller's A National Party No More.
Weird. I recall Plain being quite interested in local issues throughout her time in national politics. Wisconsin comes to mind. I also specifically remember her appearing on Katie Couric and on NBC for interview...not just Hannity and Hasselbeck. In fact, I don’t recall her being on Fox much for interviews during the election. I am sure she was, but I saw her doing rallies and local interviews quite a bit. I don’t know how she appeared only with Hasselbeck either since the view has five hosts, and guests appear with all of them. They may have some one-off interviews, but I’ve never seen a clip of one in my memory...not even by Bar-ba Wawas.
I agree with him about one point: from what I’ve heard, Karl Rove is indeed a jerk.
Hope Crist enjoys being a Democrat/Communist and getting all those accolades from the lamestream media crowd and PMSNBC. Because that’s all he has left to look forward to.
Maybe because she realized you are are TOOLBOX Crist!
You weren't worth the effort and you have showed your Progressive Soul.
She had him pegged from the get-go!
It's Like Faking a Yawn, everyone knows it's an Illusion.
Sarah has made all the right enemies, especially with Crist.
An Opportunistic Tool if I ever saw one.
Near only counts for horseshoes, hand grenades and nuclear bombs.
Wow - might want to reserve a copy of Charlie’s book in advance .... it’s going to be flying off the shelves like hot cakes. /s
What a self-serving jerk this guy is.
As to his lament that Palin wouldn't make idle conversation with him I would guess that ANY conversation with Charlie would be idle.
She was/still is. What got ol' Charlie's goat is she didn't care what he thought.
Extreme Right. ROTFLOL
“An Opportunistic Tool if I ever saw one.”
Indeed. I fail to see what appeal he would hold to anyone. Conservatives clearly don’t like him but wouldn’t liberals prefer to vote for someone who’s a true believer in their causes?
Just look at what happened to Arlen Specter for example.
Dude is soooo creepy how did he get elected in the first place?
She may be different, but she is NOT plain.