Skip to comments.Former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist Endorses…Barack Obama
Posted on 08/26/2012 9:03:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
Apparently, former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist is taking the term political opportunist to a whole new level by endorsing President Barack Obama for re-election. Heres an excerpt from the editorial he penned in the Tampa Bay Times:
Ive studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life. Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I've watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise, and I've seen how those who never lose sight of solutions sow the greatest successes.
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. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.
We often remind ourselves to learn the lessons of the past, lest we risk repeating its mistakes. Yet nearly as often, our short-term memory fails us. Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated. It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation's calm through a historically turbulent storm.
The president's response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.
He knew we had to get people back to work as quickly as possible but he also knew that the value of a recovery lies in its durability. Short-term healing had to be paired with an economy that would stay healthy over the long run. And he knew that happens best by investing in the right places.
That last line captured my attention. If by investing in the right places, the former governor is referring to the presidents investment in Solyndra, for example, then he is sadly and grossly mistaken. In any case, Republicans in Florida seem to be utterly shocked by the timing of Governor Crists endorsement, especially Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry who released the following press release Sunday morning:
Today we have seen a repugnant display from a self-centered, career politician. While the people of Florida, and thousands of visitors whove traveled here, are facing an emergency, Charlie Crist has demonstrated, yet again, that his political ambition will always come first.
Beyond the appalling timing of this move, Crist now professes his support for Barack Obama despite spending his entire political career bashing the political agenda that Obama advances. Crist in 2010 said I dont agree with the guy on hardly anything he does.
Crist, who declared himself a pro-life Ronald Reagan Republican, is on the record opposing the national healthcare mandate of ObamaCare. On another signature issue for Democrats, gay marriage, Charlie Crist cheerfully supported the Christian Coalitions petition calling for an amendment to Floridas Constitution banning gay marriage and civil unions.
For Crist to pull this Obama stunt while the Florida faces a hurricane only proves Charlie Crist cares about just one thing: Charlie Crist.
For what its worth, lets take a trip down memory lane, shall we? In 2009, Mr. Crist predicted that President Obama was (already!) headed for a dramatic electoral defeat in 2012. He even compared him to -- gasp -- Jimmy Carter.
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.
Now he's endorsed him. How pathetic. No wonder Americans have a dim view of politics.
He wants to run against Scott as a Dem in 2014.
Crist is so gay.
Well he just proves what we knew. It wasn’t about principle for him, the GOP was just the vehicle he utilised for his own ambition. I don’t doubt that there are more like him, he just got outed.
He works for attorneys Morgan and Morgan who threw a fund raising party for Obama in Heathrow some time ago. What a jerk.
There are probably many other high level Republicans waiting to make similar announcements. Maybe we should start a pool. Which high level Republicans or former high level Republicans will endorse Obama in 2012? Anyone have any selections?
He was the GOP gov who refused to meet Bush at the tarmac as protocol dictates. At least Jan Brewer who despises obambo met him at the tarmac..then blasted and lectured him in front of everyone.
WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED!
Crist is letting this fly conveniently right before the convention, of course, but also right before Isaac (which literally means “he laughs/will laugh”) blows in. Is Jesus “laughing” at Crist (and so many others?)... just an obscure thought.
As good ole boy john morgan says, “For ma wallet”. Sure don’t miss his commercials since I left central FL.
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
No reason to raise your hand. Crist was always a RINO and if I remember correctly, didn’t the left, when he ran as a republican call him an extremist. Some extremist !!
Crist knows that FL pretty much is in the Romney bag.
I don’t see how he can get any mileage out of this...a democrat and a liar/fraud that the people figured out. Far worse than Akin’s statement was Crist’s entire term as governor. Kind of like a guy saying he’s a Christian when he’s really a Muslim.
I always hated this guy.
Hmmm, I guess Barry has been getting behind Charlie, so now Charlie is backing Barry.
just a professional politician - can’t make a living doing work.
This pretty much seals the deal for Romney in Florida.
Just for old times sake!
Morgan and Morgan - For the People (Ya’ll)
I attended a 2006 Tampa Republican debate of candidates for the US Senate, including Admiral Leroy Collins, RIP.
Charlie was running for FL governor and he butted into the gathering. I knew nothing about him.
He told us he was a "Reagan Republican".
After he was done I turned to those attending with me and said, "That guy is a sleazy weasel."
I'm not always right but pegging this guy was a no-brainer.
They have a Lewinsky thing going on.
Raising my hand over here, boss. I had Crist figured for a twink and a dissembling RiNO, but I never figured him to be a tard in the punchbowl or a volunteer corpse at a wedding.
This is just a political stunt of the Zeroeth magnitude, a spoiler act by Bozo's klowns. The good news is, even the idiots at the state farm will recognize it for what it is, and Florida won't have to put up with Charlie Crist any more. Fade to black.
Tanned, preened, and as slimy as a jelly fish....
It must have been difficult for him posing all these years. I wonder if anyone thinks this helps Mr Obama.
Crist never sent me a “thank you” for the men’s back hair removal wax strips I ordered online with delivery addressed to him c/o the Florida governor’s mansion back when he was in the primary fight with Rubio.
That was in response to a snarky remark he made about Rubio needing such a kit.
Here’s a link to the product should anyone know where Crist hangs his hat now and wishes to so gift him. I’m sure that both he and “Barry” would appreciate your thoughtfulness.
If the Dems want Crist, they can have him, with my blessing. Crist was always a phony bastard, this proves that because he feels scorned he will jump ship to the other team. What a dirt bag but also not a shock. Thought he became a Dem a long time ago, good riddance
Crispy Crist will be made a media darling now, and be in our faces for a few years. Dead souls have a way of being ‘promoted’ by other dead souls.
40+ months of official unemployment above 8% when his program promised it would never reach that level. I and tens of millions of other Americans can't handle any more of Obama's "quickly," Mr. Crist.
Obama is the face of fundamental FAILURE.
That could be entertaining. Ray LaHood's too easy -- he's already sold out to Obama, so naming him is sort of like redeeming a coupon twice.
How about Peggy Noonan? Has she stopped gushing about Barky Boy yet?
Christine Todd Whitman, former goobernator of Joizy? She might like another term, so sucking up to Barry's crowd "could" help.
Retiring senator Olympia Snowe of Maine -- how about her? She could be approached with notions of "healing America's blah, blah, blah" -- women are suckers for pitches like that. She could fall for it, esp. now that she's got nothing on the line any more and isn't getting any ink or TV face time.
When I lived in Florida he was considered a rising star in the GOP-e. He had to get a beard marriage in to keep that going at the time. Really tells you all you need to know about the GOP-e. I expect he’ll be coming out shortly.
Crist was blackmailed. I know he’s dumb. But he’s not THAT dumb.
Crist is going to run for Governor as a Democrat against Rick Scott. Scott isn’t the most skilled politician. Could be close.
Crist and Obama - a matched pair.
They can compare lingerie and talk about their favorite shades of toe polish.
Thanks! I think Barry is a twinky without having to work at it.
Maybe the Chick-fil-A thing freaked Crist...
"OOMPA LOOMPA DIGGITY DEE, I'M GONNA VOTE FOR THE KENYAN COMMIE"
Would someone please put Charlie CrispyCrittter back in the padded cell...and get a double dose of Thorazine...
no surprise here - completely predictible
All those of like mind with Charlie Crist must be eradicated from the party. I have often wondered how much stipend the rinos receive from the progressives controlling the parties?
Or pimping himself for an administration job? He’s out of office, out of work, and apparently CNN and MSNBC weren’t interested. Guess he couldn’t compete with McCain’s moron kid or Huntsman’s.
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Arlen Specter, Meghan McCain, Levi Johnston, Ron Reagan Jr., David Brock, more closet Leftists from National Review...
Charlies political life is now HISTORY he is finished...
But when Obama showed up Crist embraced him and stuck his tongue in his ear.
That’s a pretty good list, with one exception. You won’t see Condoleeza coming out in favor of Zero.
Didn’t I read someplace recently that Crist was an advisor to Romney????
Apparently not...but I thought I did.
That’s a pretty good list, with one exception. You won’t see Condoleeza coming out in favor of Zero.
Perhaps no other story this year or the year before confirms in big bright letters that the Tea Party literally saved the republican party from itself. The Tea Party in fact did this nation a huge favor by defeating Crist and keeping him out of the Senate.
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