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(Yahoo)   Crist officially becomes the anti-Crist   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 119
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2012-12-08 02:43:22 AM  
*cough*DINO*cough*
 
2012-12-08 09:36:06 AM  
Uh, he's been leaning this way for a while.

He was mistrusted by the Florida GOP as governor, and long considered a RINO, then went independent.

Obvious move is obvious.
 
2012-12-08 09:55:15 AM  
Worse looking spray tan than Boner.
 
2012-12-08 09:55:42 AM  
So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.
 
2012-12-08 09:57:10 AM  
I guess he finally decided to come out of the closet.
 
2012-12-08 09:57:15 AM  
This is the guy everybody thought was gay, right? I'm sensing a move out of the closet soon. Get ready for a shocking anouncement.
 
2012-12-08 09:57:32 AM  

foo monkey: So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.


Let's toast him with some vino.
 
2012-12-08 09:58:37 AM  

foo monkey: So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.


why-cant-it-be-both.jpg
 
2012-12-08 09:59:24 AM  
Meh, I'd probably still vote for him. He's a total opportunist, but he's better than our resident Medicare fraudster governor.
 
2012-12-08 10:00:21 AM  
I submitted this with a better headline.
 
2012-12-08 10:00:21 AM  
So, he's joined the party that most closely aligns with his personal positions. shockedface.jpg

/Charlie Crist for President, '16
//Charlie Crist-Chris Christie ticket would be awesome
///Maybe some Jon Huntsman too...
 
2012-12-08 10:00:44 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: foo monkey: So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.

why-cant-it-be-both.jpg


If the die-hards in both parties hate him, maybe he's doing something right. Or trolling the hell out of everyone.
 
2012-12-08 10:01:50 AM  
...The truth is that this self-professed, Ronald-Reagan Republican only abandoned his pro-life, pro-gun, conservative principles in 2010...

Remind me again what Saint Ronnie had to do with guns and abortion laws?
 
2012-12-08 10:04:19 AM  

MmmmBacon: *cough*DINO*cough*


The guy seems to be further to the left than most of those asswipe Blue Dogs, I say welcome to the party.
 
2012-12-08 10:05:08 AM  

McManus_brothers: Pants full of macaroni!!: foo monkey: So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.

why-cant-it-be-both.jpg

If the die-hards in both parties hate him, maybe he's doing something right. Or trolling the hell out of everyone.


He is just a typical politician looking for a job.
 
2012-12-08 10:05:15 AM  
Protip for the GOP. When you abandon the center, eventually the centrists abandon you.
 
2012-12-08 10:05:57 AM  
Doesnt mean he gets through the primary. Tampa mayor Pam ioRio is a good challenger. Anybody will beat Scott in the general
 
2012-12-08 10:07:32 AM  
FARK needs a "Florida" Tag, and this is just one more good reason.

/Oh, wait...nevermind
 
2012-12-08 10:10:59 AM  
"Charlie Crist's first official act as a Democrat was to tell a lie about why he is now pretending to be one," the Florida GOP said in a statement early Saturday. "The truth is that this self-professed, Ronald-Reagan Republican only abandoned his pro-life, pro-gun, conservative principles in 2010 after he realized that Republicans didn't want to send him to Washington D.C. as a senator, especially after he proved he couldn't do the job as governor."

Can I get somebody to sign for this? 

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2012-12-08 10:15:46 AM  
I get the feeling he won't be the last one over the next 12-14 months - given the number of once GOP voters I know who now either vote very split tickets or lean (D) it shouldnt be surprising that an equal percentage of actual politicians have had enough of the batshiatcrazy train.
 
2012-12-08 10:15:56 AM  
This is bad news for someone, who I cannot figure out, but surely someone will be upset and surprised by this move.
 
2012-12-08 10:22:09 AM  

Lochsteppe: foo monkey: So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.

Let's toast him with some vino.


Dino the vino drinking rino?
 
2012-12-08 10:22:27 AM  
I'd vote for Crist. He's been wishy washy on enough things to make me believe he'd do what's in the best interest of Floridians and not whatever party he belongs to next week.
 
2012-12-08 10:23:40 AM  

starsrift: ...The truth is that this self-professed, Ronald-Reagan Republican only abandoned his pro-life, pro-gun, conservative principles in 2010...

Remind me again what Saint Ronnie had to do with guns and abortion laws?


Not sure on guns, but real sure he increased access to abortion as Gubinatah of California.

So there's that.
 
2012-12-08 10:25:08 AM  

IvanTheSilent: So, he's joined the party that most closely aligns with his personal positions. shockedface.jpg

/Charlie Crist for President, '16
//Charlie Crist-Chris Christie ticket would be awesome
///Maybe some Jon Huntsman too...


Yep, he is a perfect example, (as well as the policies of democrats these days.) that the democrats are a center right party and the republicans are a far right party. Christ has stayed the same while the parties have changed around him.
 
2012-12-08 10:26:02 AM  
Crumb Crist Coating.
 
2012-12-08 10:31:27 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: Lochsteppe: foo monkey: So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.

Let's toast him with some vino.

Dino the vino drinking rino?


He gets his pizza from Gino's.
 
2012-12-08 10:32:28 AM  
It just seems opportunistic to me. Shouldn't you be in the party that best matches your beliefs, and not the party whe you have a better chance of getting elected?

If the democratic party is so awesome, why wasn't he a democrat before?
 
2012-12-08 10:34:40 AM  

MmmmBacon: *cough*DINO*cough*


I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a DINO*, there are democrats against gay marriage, abortion, and/or gun control, but they aren't considered DINOs

/*Not counting the one Fred has
 
2012-12-08 10:34:49 AM  

Arachnophobe: HindiDiscoMonster: Lochsteppe: foo monkey: So, two posts. One calls him a Dino. The other calls him a rino. Nice.

Let's toast him with some vino.

Dino the vino drinking rino?

He gets his pizza from Gino's.


Is the vino a Pinot?
 
2012-12-08 10:39:36 AM  

MrSplifferton: MmmmBacon: *cough*DINO*cough*

I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a DINO*, there are democrats against gay marriage, abortion, and/or gun control, but they aren't considered DINOs

/*Not counting the one Fred has


The term I ususally see is Blue Dog, not DINO. But you must admit, paired off with RINO, DINO is a pretty good adjective.
 
2012-12-08 10:40:57 AM  
Perhaps Obama is the Messiah. He converted a man just by embracing him.
 
2012-12-08 10:41:10 AM  

MrSplifferton: MmmmBacon: *cough*DINO*cough*

I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a DINO*, there are democrats against gay marriage, abortion, and/or gun control, but they aren't considered DINOs

/*Not counting the one Fred has


They are called blue dogs not dinos
 
2012-12-08 10:42:13 AM  

mrshowrules: Perhaps Obama is the Messiah. He converted a man just by embracing him.


Crist does like the man embrace
 
2012-12-08 10:50:39 AM  
Yeah, this makes me think our third party will actually come out of the far left. It will be weird if in 40 years I end up switching my vote because the Dems aren't liberal enough. . . . :O

/a liberal version of the Tea Party. . . ye gods. . .
 
2012-12-08 10:55:05 AM  

Peki: Yeah, this makes me think our third party will actually come out of the far left. It will be weird if in 40 years I end up switching my vote because the Dems aren't liberal enough. . . . :O

/a liberal version of the Tea Party. . . ye gods. . .


The tea party was successful because there were monied interests who wanted it to be so. The far left will never have that advantage.
 
2012-12-08 10:59:14 AM  
I don't really follow American politics as much as most people, aside from the number crunching and statistical modeling (which does interest me), so someone elaborate if this is incorrect.

Am I correct in assuming he is doing this partly because he sees the writing on the wall between the GOP becoming increasingly unpopular (despite massive gerrymandering) and Florida's 2012 presidential election results? Also because he has a better chance in defeating the incumbent (A Republican) while running for the opposing party as opposed to trying to primary him?

On a side note, I found this somewhat bizarre:

Steve Schale, a Democratic political consultant who worked on Obama's Florida campaign, called a Crist a "viable Democrat."

"He earned his stripes when he supported the president," Schale said.


Perhaps it's just me but that really seems to exemplify the "team sports" polarization of politics in America. Shouldn't he be viewed as a viable Democratic candidate based on his publicly professed political opinions and voting record, rather than whether or not he acted as an irrelevant cheerleader?

Or am I looking at that with too much cynicism?

/lots of question marks
//yes, I'm aware both sides are guilty of gerrymandering
 
2012-12-08 11:00:37 AM  

Peki: It will be weird if in 40 years I end up switching my vote because the Dems aren't liberal enough.


It might be interesting to read about the origins of the Democratic and Republican parties, particularly with regard to the issue of slavery. The Wikipedia articles will do.
 
2012-12-08 11:03:16 AM  
Bro, do you even left?
 
2012-12-08 11:04:37 AM  
Well, he'd look pretty stupid getting gay-married if he was still in the party that opposed such things.
 
2012-12-08 11:05:37 AM  
I'm old enough to remember when so many conservative Democrats jumped ship and became official Republicans. I wonder if we're seeing the start of a movement by insufficiently-conservative Republicans giving up on the GOP and jumping the other way.

Whether this is a "good thing" depends on whether Crist, and others considering the same move, presumably, are merely out to change their label because they believe the Democratic Party is heading into a period of supremacy over the GOP, but haven't actually changed any of their beliefs and have no intention of changing their platform or the policies they support.

So -- real change? Or just marketing? Wait and see, wait and see.
 
2012-12-08 11:20:47 AM  
What choice does any sane man have?

www.frumforum.com
 
2012-12-08 11:24:25 AM  
It's not the D- or the R- that's the problem, it's the -FL that should be the red flag.
 
2012-12-08 11:25:58 AM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: What choice does any sane man have?

[www.frumforum.com image 850x554]


The Crist looking guy on the end. He's the only choice amongst a wall of derp if you are sane and insist on voting Republican. Too bad Huntsman's never, ever going to get the support he deserves.
 
2012-12-08 11:30:28 AM  
Rindependo
 
2012-12-08 11:33:19 AM  
Crist is now more favorably looked upon than Governor Voldemort. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him running against him as a Democrat in the next election.
 
2012-12-08 11:42:35 AM  
media.trb.com

Yep, Charlie is bought and paid for.
 
2012-12-08 11:44:44 AM  
"But in America, when you are moderate Republican, party leaves you!"
 
2012-12-08 11:49:03 AM  
Crist "you know it ain't easy"
 
2012-12-08 11:49:48 AM  
FTFA: But Schale predicted that if Crist runs for governor, he would likely get a challenge from Sink and other Democrats and would have to endure a hard-fought primary.

Yeah, that's a good move. The former, mostly popular Governor wants to run again on your ticket. But a better bet is to go with the woman that lost to a criminal/ idiot.

/ He ran the company that defrauded the federal govt out of billions of dollars
// Either he was involved in and aware of the fraud, or he was so incompetent as to be truly unaware of it happening right under his nose.
/// Take your pick. Neither choice indicates a good CEO
 
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