Posted by Brad @ 6:41 pm on October 21st 2008

Et tu, Charlie Crist?

Jack Murtha’s not the only one not doing his ticket any favors.

Charlie Crist on ACORN:

Breaking with the talking points of his fellow Republicans in Washington, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he does not think voter fraud and the vote-registration group ACORN are a major problem in the Sunshine State.

”I think that there’s probably less [fraud] than is being discussed. As we’re coming into the closing days of any campaign, there are some who enjoy chaos,” Crist told reporters.

Crist made his comments as the Republican National Committee hosted a conference call with reporters to tie Democrat Barack Obama to suspicious voter-registration cards submitted by ACORN across the nation and in four Florida counties, including Broward.

Charlie Crist on Sarah Palin:

I asked Crist if he thought Palin was going to lure undecided voters to the ticket.

“I think we both know the answer to that,” he said.


  1. Floridians, particularly their governor, absolutely don’t want accusations of vote fraud levelled at Florida.

    Comment by Adam — 10/21/2008 @ 7:10 pm

  2. Plus Crist knows which way the wind’s blowing. In the current atmosphere, it’s relatively safe for moderate Republicans to express their displeasure with the campaign. Might even be considered delightfully Mavericky down the road.

    It seems like he’s prety much absented himself from McCain’s campaign. I haven’t seen him around at any rate, could be wrong though.

    Comment by Liz — 10/21/2008 @ 9:23 pm

  3. Plus Crist knows which way the windís blowing.

    Indeed. He seems to be having a gay ol’ time.

    Speaking as an outsider where Republican politics is concerned: I really don’t think that “mavericky” is in Crist’s long-term interest. My guess is that his life in the party will get harder, not easier, in the wake of a McCain defeat.

    Comment by Rojas — 10/21/2008 @ 11:05 pm

  4. Is that then a prediction that the more strident, socially conservative elements of the party will win the power grab in the vacuum left by McCain?

    Comment by tessellated — 10/21/2008 @ 11:09 pm

  5. I really don’t know how else to read the tea leaves.

    A short list of the power players in the party post-McCain reads: Romney, Huckabee, Palin, Barbour, Burr.

    It seems to me that, from Crist’s perspective, that ain’t an upgrade. Maybe he’s hoping for Jeb?

    Comment by Rojas — 10/21/2008 @ 11:18 pm

  6. Joe Scarborough seems to think Jeb’s going to ride in on a white horse and save the party from itself. I’m not terribly averse to the idea of Republicans force-feeding themselves a shit sandwich for the next 4-8 years, but in the end, I don’t think that serves the country’s best interests. I’d eventually like for a credible conservative movement to resurface again minus the jingoism, rank xenophobia, and retarded reverse elitism. Someone is going to need to keep the Democrats honest and if Republicans keep lobotomizing themselves that likely won’t happen before Democrats pull some of the same stunts any unchecked power does. It would be nice to have a a real opposition party again.

    Comment by tessellated — 10/21/2008 @ 11:26 pm

  7. The irony is that Jeb actually IS a reasonably credible conservative (who won’t incinerate Charlie Crist), but he’ll never get a sniff because of his last name.

    Possibly the first time in history that that particular family name actually conveyed a DISADVANTAGE on a political heir.

    Comment by Rojas — 10/21/2008 @ 11:34 pm

  8. Scarborough and you share the same opinion on Jeb’s political acumen. Me, I have no idea.

    Comment by tessellated — 10/21/2008 @ 11:47 pm

  9. Yeah, by all acocunts, Jeb’s got his head on straight and W was the wrong Bush.

    You think the GOP will go more socially conservative? Definitely a possibility, I’m not at all sure what’s going to happen. The party seems to be a bit splintered at the moment; a good time to get back to basics like small government, responsible spending and foreign policy to entice wanderers back into the flock.

    As you say though, the people who seem to be lining up in the power positions are definite social conservatives.

    we’ll see.

    Comment by Liz — 10/21/2008 @ 11:55 pm

  10. One of my reoccurring nightmares is a Huckabee type leading the GOP as it rises from the ashes of a McCain loss. With that sort of a leader at the helm, fiscal restraint goes even further out of the window and is coupled with a distasteful focus on social issues.

    Comment by Cameron — 10/22/2008 @ 1:22 am

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