Ahhh yes... Charlie Crist... My governor and Republican Independent candidate for the US Senate...
I watched the debate... First time I watched the news on "abc" since.... ah... Who cares?
What was most interesting was Crist's opening statement, which he began with yet another explanation of "why" he chose to screw abandon the Republican party and run as an Independent... I guess he still feels the voters of Floida haven't quite forgotten a statement made by his campaign manager Eric Eikenberg, precisely three weeks prior to the announcement:
"To put these rumors to rest once and for all, as we have said countless times before, Gov. Crist is running for the United States Senate as a Republican. He will not run as an Independent or as a No Party Affiliation."
Never mind that, on the day of his announcement, Crist explained his defection by borrowing from his pal Obama's arsenal of "It's not about me" lines, insisting it was the love and concern for his fellow Floridians that motivated the decision... and not the fact that (in spite of his current insistance that polls don't mean much to him) his own personal polling showed that (as a Republican) Marco Rubio was going to kick his butt at the voting booth.
"My decision to run for the U.S. Senate as a candidate without party affiliation in many ways says more about our nation and our state than it does about me.''
Back then Crist gave us the obligatory "the system/Washington is broken" meme as his reason for turning traitor switching parties. But now he reveals it's really because he wants to go to Washington so he can crash the Tea Party, (which has propelled his "poster boy" nemisis, Marco Rubio to double digit leads in all of those polls he doesn't much care about).
"Abraham Lincoln once said that the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people - I believe that's true - not of the party, by the party and for the party. That's why I run as an Indepenent. It is abundantly clear to me that there is an extreme right faction in the Republican party and I think I'm the only candidate who can win in November and crash that Tea Party in Washington."
"... an extreme right faction"... "of the Republican party"..............?
That's odd... I mean... you ARE aware, Mr. Crist, that (aside from the fact that the Tea Party is comprised of Republicans, Independents and Democrats), polling (which I know you hate) consistantly shows that a growing majority of "The People" support the sentiments and objectives the Tea Party represents... you know, "The People" you claim you are fighting for... "The People" you just said the goverment should be "by", "of" and "for"?........ unless, of course, "The People" are rejecing you... at which time they must be destroyed... right?
Yeah... that approach will work... that's the way to turn this drubbing around... threaten "The People" who outnumber your dwindling supporters... fire that warning shot across their bow like you pitched that baseball hard and fast across home plate...
... yeah... THAT'LL scare 'em.