Why do so many Americans think every politician is a liar, a cheat, a scoundrel, and is never to be trusted? Well, I suppose there are many reasons, but the biggest factor is exemplified by Charlie Crist. Crist was the Republican governor of Florida, he was a “Reagan Republican” he told us. Loyal to the party, and he was running for the Senate in 2010. Then Marco Rubio decided to run against Crist in the primary. And many Republicans in Florida got excited about Rubio, and Crist became angry. He began to drift leftward, attacking Republicans like Sarah Palin and other Conservatives. As he did, Rubio moved farther ahead in polls, and eventually won the Republican Primary.
Then Charlie Crist the “Reagan Republican” turned on his own party, he announced he would run for the Senate seat against Rubio and his Democratic opponent. This obviously showed that Crist was more about power than principles. Crist increased his verbal attacks on Conservatives, sounding more like a Liberal every time he spoke. He launched despicable personal attacks against Rubio, to be fair he also launched similarly despicable attacks on the Democrat too. And then election day 2010 rolled around, and Rubio crushed Crist handily. So much for the treachery of Charile Crist.
The story of Charlie Crist, though, does not end there. Most of us have forgotten about Crist frankly. We have moved on to bigger, better and more important things to blog, write and opine about. But, Crist, like pond scum has drifted to the surface once more. He would make his endorsement for president. But who would Crist give his nod too? Surely he would over being rejected in favor of Rubio by now right? Surely he would never let his overly-inflated ego lead him to endorse the sitting president. No, that would never happen, after all, Crist would surely put the good of the country above his own bruised ego right? I mean only the very worst kind of political low-life would root against every principle he claimed to have only two short years ago right?
Well, folks, meet Charlie Crist, the very worst kind of political low-life here is Crist in the pre-low-life stage
Now, Crist in his current low-life stage
I’ve 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.
Good freaking grief! Does this man, and I use the word man verly loosely here, have any ideological compass? Sure, I get that someone might evolve ideologically on a position of two, but to be totally opposite of what you were just two years ago? That is not ideological evolution my friends, that is simply a man with no moral compass whatsoever. That is a man who will stop at nothing to make those darned Republicans pay for not electing him. That is a man that is out for himself and his own interests, no matter the cost to anyone else. That is, what most Americans today would call, with a look of disgust on their face, a politician!