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.
He can’t win as an independent, left one party and is a late-comer to another. So show’s over for Charlie.
BUTT MONKEY ass clown!
Could you imagine if Crist and not Sarah had been McCain’s running mate??
Obama would have won by 50 points, and the “savior” crap would have been even more deafening.
He knows how to work the system and tell people what they want to hear. Here in Florida I watched him work his way up the chain. Every office he held you could tell his goal was to get higher office. Before he was Gov he used state funds to build websites “for the people”. However, once he was running for Gov he pointed to those projects as examples of his success and caring for the people.
The guy creeps me out, but so does Obama, and look how far he’s gone, LOL.
What’s Obama doing with his right hand and why is Crist smiling?
>> I would suggest a better book - 2003 - Georgia Democrat Zell Miller's A National Party No More. <<
I think they're both frauds when you read their arguments.
Charlie Crist: All that stuff I said about supporting traditional marriage and gun rights in 2006, I didn't really MEAN it. And oh yeah, when I ran an "Independent" for Senate, I didn't mean that either. I realized all these years I was really a Democrat after I continually got my butt handed to me trying to get elected as a Republican and Independent.
Zell Miller: Thankfully I recently discovered I was really pro-life after my great-grandchildren were born, and I was conveniently NOT running for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Even though the Democrat Party has always supported abortion on demand since 1973 and I never had any problems with it before, they changed their views, I didn't change mine!!
She was definitely different from anyone I’d ever campaigned with. ................................. You betcha! She drew the largest crowds in Florida, and the people loved her. Hopefully she’ll come down and campaign for Scott. She won’t be campaigning for Crist, that’s for sure. Crist will concentrate on the S/E coast, where all the NYC Liberals moved to. Put them in power in FLA and it will become another NY. FLA doesn’t need to be NY South.
Having recently met her, (on the anniversary of the day that lives in infamy, December 7) I don’t believe him, but I don’t give a rip either.
She is completely attentive, so if she ignored that phony Crist, she had good reason: SLEAZE & GAYDAR!
Hammer meets nail!
Has FL ever had a “good” governor? Not to my knowledge
Thanks to Scott trying to railroad George Zimmerman to please the lynch mob, Crist will be the next Governor of Florida.
From what I saw, Sarah is the Most Honest and Genuine Person out there.
If she didn't talk with Crist it's because she didn't have anything to say.
SARAH HAS CLASS!!!
Unlike Mr. Faggy Meg Ryan Hair.