In the 2010 FL. Senate race Charlie Crist said; “I’m about as conservative as you can get.” and whole host of other memorable one-liners both touting his supposed Republican/Conservatism and bashing president Obama as David Freddoso explains in the Washington Examiner:
But then the squeeze began coming from all directions. In June, Crist’s handpicked Republican Party chairman — whom the state’s conservatives despised — was arrested for self-dealing with party money. In late September, the state Democratic Party began running a blistering ad that contained no commentary at all. None was needed — all they had to do was quote from all the conservative posturing Crist had done before his decision to defect: “I’m about as conservative as you can get … I’m a Jeb Bush Republican … President Bush is a leader of courage and conviction … I was impressed at Gov. Palin being picked. I watched her speech today, I was very impressed … I’m a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax Republican … I think it’s important for people to understand who the true conservative is in this race, and it’s Charlie Crist.”
All of these quotations now make Crist look silly. So do the tweets he sent out, trashing Obama and Obamacare: “Pres. Obama and Dems ignored the will of the ppl and passed a partisan-gov’t run HC bill.” “Pres. Obama needs to support NASA with more than just a photo op.”
Crist’s September 2009 comparison of Obama to Carter will also live on: “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.”
Today, as the Democrat National Convention gets underway, and with Charlie Crist due to speak the Florida GOP has unleashed an ad asking (on behalf of Dems?): “How conservative are you?”
Politico tells us more about when and where the ad will run:
A GOP source said the ad will run on MSNBC in Florida, with a six-figure sum behind it over three days. The spot is reminiscent of a Florida Democratic Party ad from the 2010 cycle, hitting Crist from the left as an insincere flip-flopper.
The difference is that now, Republicans want to kneecap Crist with the party that’s about to embrace him before the Crist reboot gets fully underway. The fact that the ad is running on MSNBC only tells you almost all you need to know.
I think the Democrats choice of Crist highlights the fact that this is a party with no direction, their leader has failed, their policies have failed, and know there’re searching for anyone who will throw stones at a surging Republican Party… Sad really.