January 29, 2010

WSJ: Rumors Fly That Crist May Switch Parties
— Ace

Sorry: I oversold the headline on a tip before seeing the story. It's not an all-caps sort of thing -- just speculation.

So here's the speculation, and apologies for getting up the screamer headline too quickly.

As you can probably guess, there is a lot of Bonus Points if I can be the first blog you've read giving you news, and I try to do that, and in this case, I let me Wanna Be First get ahead of my Wanna Be Accurate.

Is Florida Governor Charlie Crist the next Arlen Specter?

Some people, including MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and former Florida Rep. Mark Foley, are starting to say so. As Mr. Crist's poll numbers sink, he may have no choice but to drop out of the GOP Senate primary and run as an independent or Democrat.

...

Rumors that Mr. Crist may switch parties were furthered by his appearance with Mr. Obama in Tampa on Thursday to promote a $2.5 billion Florida high-speed railway that the federal government is funding. "I want to thank him on behalf of my fellow Floridians. To be able to generate tens of thousands of jobs right now is mission Number One," said Mr. Crist.

The two didn't engage in a hug as they did last February -- which Mr. Rubio has since capitalized on in his campaign ads. But Mr. Crist made a point of warmly shaking Mr. Obama's hand for a full 27 seconds. Three months ago, Mr. Crist was just as eagerly distancing himself from the president and the stimulus legislation. "I didn't endorse it. I didn't even have a vote on the darn thing," he said.

Thanks to AQ.

No I Won't Either: Crist's campaign says he won't run as an Independent or a Democrat.

For what that's worth.

Snarlin' Arlen said the same sort of thing, IIRC, right until it became obvious he was radioactive in the GOP.

Posted by: Ace at 10:27 AM | Comments (131)
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1 Say hi to Arlen, asshole.

Posted by: Cicero at January 29, 2010 10:28 AM (QKKT0)

2 Please tell me what I should think about this....(sarc)

Posted by: model_1066 at January 29, 2010 10:28 AM (hdhqU)

3 Rubio must really be kicking his ass.

Posted by: nikkolai at January 29, 2010 10:29 AM (i4ujc)

4 Huh? But we're supporting you!

Posted by: Micheal Steele at January 29, 2010 10:29 AM (JFNQ7)

5 Link?

Posted by: Insomniac at January 29, 2010 10:30 AM (DrWcr)

6 Big surprise.  The Oompa Loompa is too tied with Obama in the minds of the voters for him to beat Rubio down in Florida.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at January 29, 2010 10:30 AM (jGaqA)

7 I was among the thousands that predicted this when the latest poll showing Rubio ahead.

Remember the spirit of Benedict Arlen.

Posted by: jukin at January 29, 2010 10:30 AM (vkkNZ)

8 Excellent plan.  Because the generic preferences are definitely in your favor here.  Just ask Arlen.

Posted by: pep at January 29, 2010 10:30 AM (5GcKk)

9 That's how to smoke 'em out.

Posted by: rdbrewer at January 29, 2010 10:31 AM (IIYyC)

10

Such courage.  Such convictions. 

Wait a minute...

 

Posted by: Hussein the Plumber at January 29, 2010 10:31 AM (r1h5M)

11 Is he trying to make sure he loses?

Posted by: XBradTC at January 29, 2010 10:33 AM (cB95w)

12 Is this political or is it sexual?  Either switch means Charlie is finally being honest with himself. 

Posted by: GT at January 29, 2010 10:33 AM (Vyrg6)

13 Charlie Crist is my kind of Republican, and Florida should have him as their next Senator.

Posted by: John Conyn at January 29, 2010 10:35 AM (wPZU5)

14 Let him switch, he won't be doing so because conservatives are in trouble, he'll be doing so because a more conservative candidate is about to beat him. Adios mofo.

Posted by: koopy at January 29, 2010 10:35 AM (XllG0)

15 Why is it that a politician is said to have "no choice but to..."? Crist and Specter and others have choices.  They could stick to their principles, such as they are, lose and then go do other things.  There are choices beyond switching parties - and that goes for that Democrat in Alabam too.

Posted by: myrenovations at January 29, 2010 10:38 AM (Ft9pC)

16 Well, if I'm going to lose the primary, I am going to switch to the other side that will lose in a tsunami in Nov.  Yeah, thats the ticket.

Posted by: Chuck Crist at January 29, 2010 10:39 AM (DIYmd)

17 Dang it, Ace, and I was ready to beat one of my Crist-Kool-Aid drinking coworkers over the head with this too. 

Posted by: Insomniac at January 29, 2010 10:40 AM (v+QvA)

18 Wow. The only thing I can think of is that Obama finally let him give him a blowjob.

Posted by: MrCaniac at January 29, 2010 10:40 AM (Vol3D)

19

I take it that Crist thinks Florida is like NY-23. As a Democrat he could get the "Evans vote" AND the "Scozzafava vote".

Where he's wrong is that the media can't credibly call Rubio an extremist. Also, in NY-23, the GOP network was effectively dead; and in Florida it will be motivated, if nothing else with disgust at Crist.

The candidate whom Crist is REALLY hurting is John McCain. Hayworth is already casting McCain as an old-line DC political-class hack. This emphasises the intrinsic disloyalty of political-class Republicans.

Posted by: Zimriel at January 29, 2010 10:40 AM (9Sbz+)

20 Crist just handed the victory to Rubio. Folks down here as getting sick and tired of the Daily Spew of Stupid from Washington and want the elections held ASAP.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 29, 2010 10:41 AM (i3AsK)

21

George Bush Republicans don't care about black orange oompa loompa looking men!

Posted by: Kanye at January 29, 2010 10:41 AM (pLTLS)

22 Rumors that Mr. Crist may switch parties were furthered by his appearance with Mr. Obama in Tampa on Thursday to promote a $2.5 billion Florida high-speed railway that the federal government is funding. "I want to thank him on behalf of my fellow Floridians. To be able to generate tens of thousands of jobs right now is mission Number One," said Mr. Crist.

Don't thank him on this Floridian's behalf. On another thread someone mentioned that no manufacturer in the US makes the equipment for high-speed rail. So we're going to borrow money from China to buy railway equipment from Japan and that's going to stimulate what? High speed rail would be nice some day, when we can afford it and when we can buy the equipment here in the US. Until then, put it on the back burner.

Posted by: Packy East at January 29, 2010 10:41 AM (CKW49)

23 There is no such thing in America, as standing on ones principles any longer. Mamsy Pamsy, wishy washy, weenie, yellow bellied, self serving, cowardly, yes-men. That is all that seem to be left in American politics.

Posted by: rightzilla at January 29, 2010 10:43 AM (rVJH4)

24 By all means, defect to the Democrats a year too late.  They're old, failing news now, but Crist deserves them, just like Arlen does.  Douchebags.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at January 29, 2010 10:43 AM (CCcDq)

25

Crist rode in on Jebs coat tails. This was a good job of flushing him out . WE GOT DA POWER!

Posted by: sonnyspats at January 29, 2010 10:43 AM (68tQb)

26
Another Dodo Scooz?

Probably.

Will the RNC still support Crist over Rubio?

Probably.

Posted by: This is lolboner at January 29, 2010 10:44 AM (jVldi)

27 Charlie Crist....
The best republican that money can buy!

Posted by: Nick Danger - Third Eye at January 29, 2010 10:45 AM (lD4DZ)

28

Even if Crist doesn't switch to the Democrats, he could just as easily drop out of the race and throw his support behind the Democrat, and get some kind of sweet personal deal from Obama in 2011. Ambassador to Panama, for instance, with an added stipend for Pedro the Pool Boy.

Posted by: Zimriel at January 29, 2010 10:45 AM (9Sbz+)

29 How's this working out for Arlen, Charlie? And how's your endorsement of Crist working out, NRSC? Leave it to the GOP to never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Posted by: docj at January 29, 2010 10:46 AM (dt6br)

30

Crist has been pretty much a failure. He started with so much potential, then lost his mind and started acting like a Dim.

His support for the hig speed rail line in only the latest example. It's something we don't need, don't want and can't pay for. But that doesn't stop the political class here from cramming that boondoggle down our throats.

Sorry if I sound pissed. Is it time to start drinkng yet?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at January 29, 2010 10:46 AM (i3AsK)

31

Why is it that every poltician David Frum backs flirts with switching parties? Can we call this a patern yet.

I doubt christ would do something so stupid. I think Arlen Specter would have probably kept his seat had he stayed a republican, now it seems doubtful that he will beat toomey in the generals.

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 10:48 AM (wuv1c)

32 On another thread someone mentioned that no manufacturer in the US makes the equipment for high-speed rail.

Posted by: Packy East at January 29, 2010 03:41 PM (CKW49)

Not ever Rearden Steel?

Posted by: stuiec at January 29, 2010 10:49 AM (keSj0)

33

Why is it that every poltician David Frum backs flirts with switching parties? Can we call this a patern yet.

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 03:48 PM (wuv1c)

Frum is a human dowsing rod for DIABLOs.

Posted by: stuiec at January 29, 2010 10:50 AM (keSj0)

34 Now this is the kind of reach-across-the-aisle thinking that I'm talking about.  We need more like him.

Posted by: Johnny Mac at January 29, 2010 10:51 AM (pZEar)

35

To all you idiots saying let him switch. Did you not realize why the Scott Brown thing was big? It took away 60 votes, killed health care, stopped obama's agenda. WTF do you think Christ would do if he switched before November????

Look I want Rubio to win in November, but until then I want Christ to remain a Republican senator not the 60th democratic vote

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 10:51 AM (wuv1c)

36 Ah yes, if true, just chalk it up to one more politician with steadfast convictions and principles...staying true to their beliefs.  I predict a strong Rubio win in the end:  conservative, very good looking, young and of Cuban descent.  The last three will have positive impact for him in the Sunshine State.  Let's hope the conservative brand will help him win the general.

Posted by: Twinks at January 29, 2010 10:51 AM (LeFbD)

37 High speed rail is stupid in the US.  Who travels from Tampa to Orlando and back?  Plus, all Al Qaeda has to do is place a bomb on the tracks in the middle of nowhere, Florida and shut it all down for at least a few weeks.

Posted by: AmishDude at January 29, 2010 10:51 AM (T0NGe)

38 If this is a leak meant to sink Crist, it is quite clever, if scummy.

If it is not a leak, I feel like an idiot for thinking crist was a pretty decent guy (if not as good a Senator prospect as Lazio).

Posted by: Wigglesworth at January 29, 2010 10:51 AM (dUOK+)

39 Actually, this is a pretty ballsy move.  It's like guriously trying to get off the lifeboat and back on to the Titanic... because you feel it's the right thing to do.

Posted by: Chris Matthews at January 29, 2010 10:52 AM (e8YaH)

40 Can I presume that, if Crist switches, he can then lose anyway but keep the unspent donations he got? By switching, he can get paid to lose instead of doing it for free, right?

Do I understand the rules correctly, here?


Posted by: Candian Observer at January 29, 2010 10:53 AM (T4x50)

41

Not ever Rearden Steel?

We've decided to call it Miracle Metal now.

Posted by: Overbearing US Government at January 29, 2010 10:53 AM (wuv1c)

42 35

To all you idiots saying let him switch. Did you not realize why the Scott Brown thing was big? It took away 60 votes, killed health care, stopped obama's agenda. WTF do you think Christ would do if he switched before November????

Look I want Rubio to win in November, but until then I want Christ to remain a Republican senator not the 60th democratic vote

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 03:51 PM (wuv1c)

Ben, Crist is currently the Governor of Florida

Posted by: conscious, but incoherent at January 29, 2010 10:53 AM (Vu6sl)

43 35

To all you idiots saying let him switch. Did you not realize why the Scott Brown thing was big? It took away 60 votes, killed health care, stopped obama's agenda. WTF do you think Christ would do if he switched before November????

Look I want Rubio to win in November, but until then I want Christ to remain a Republican senator not the 60th democratic vote

 

He's not a GOP Senator - he's a RINO governor who is leaving office this year. 

As a Florida residence, I say Good riddance to bad rubbish. 

Posted by: Marybeth at January 29, 2010 10:54 AM (hBRoa)

44 resident, sorry!

Posted by: Marybeth at January 29, 2010 10:55 AM (hBRoa)

45

Not ever Rearden Steel?

We've decided to call it Miracle Metal now.

Posted by: Overbearing US Government at January 29, 2010 03:53 PM (wuv1c)

Don't worry, that name will change by the time the mining operations on Pandora start.

Posted by: stuiec at January 29, 2010 10:57 AM (keSj0)

46 Yeah, that switch for Arlen really worked out well, didn't it?

Posted by: GarandFan at January 29, 2010 10:57 AM (ZQBnQ)

47

Look I want Rubio to win in November, but until then I want Christ to remain a Republican senator not the 60th democratic vote

He's a governor, not a senator.  And its Crist, not Christ.  Not by a longshot.

Posted by: Cicero at January 29, 2010 10:57 AM (QKKT0)

48 To all you idiots saying let him switch.

Um, which idiots again?

Posted by: Iskandar at January 29, 2010 10:57 AM (/o58C)

49 Please Oh Please let it be true.

Posted by: ratskeller at January 29, 2010 10:58 AM (TNXFo)

50 Oh, and thanks for the "idiots" part.  Classy.

Posted by: Cicero at January 29, 2010 10:58 AM (QKKT0)

51

Rubio must really be kicking his ass.

FL Morons: When is your primary?

Posted by: Curmudgeon at January 29, 2010 10:59 AM (ujg0T)

52 Hey, that's "moron" to you, bub.

Posted by: Insomniac at January 29, 2010 10:59 AM (v+QvA)

53 I really hate this kind of bullshit.  People are rejecting him so he makes a move that is all about his political survival.  Will the fuckers that do this, Arlen Sphincter and the rest, please explain to the voters why they are such pivotal people in human history that the rest of the populace just can’t get along without them? 

Posted by: Terry at January 29, 2010 10:59 AM (Vui52)

54

To all you idiots saying let him switch. Did you not realize why the Scott Brown thing was big? It took away 60 votes, killed health care, stopped obama's agenda. WTF do you think Christ would do if he switched before November????

Look I want Rubio to win in November, but until then I want Christ to remain a Republican senator not the 60th democratic vote

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 03:51 PM (wuv1c)

Ben, Crist is currently the Governor of Florida

You're right. I forgot. Hoist on my own petard. I forgot he named a place sitter to Mel Martinez's seat, not himself. Slipped my mind.

Posted by: Overbearing US Government at January 29, 2010 11:00 AM (wuv1c)

55 51

Rubio must really be kicking his ass.

FL Morons: When is your primary?

 

August.  Same as McCain/Hayworth.  Let's hope it's a two-fer that day!

Posted by: Marybeth at January 29, 2010 11:00 AM (hBRoa)

56 2.5 bill divided by tens of thousands of jobs? Would that be ten thousand 250k jobs? twenty thousand 125k jobs? I hate using Wiki as a sole source, but they say Amtrak has 19k employees on 21k miles of track. Maybe I should check with Charlie. It would be cynical to suggest politics could be the reason Charlie was there instead of Nelson. The tamparail.org site suggests that lightening strikes at unprotected bus stops is the real reason we need light rail. Bwaaahhhhh.

Posted by: dr kill at January 29, 2010 11:01 AM (qO6T2)

57

If he was smart he would gracefully withdraw from the Senate Primary and run for a second term as governor which he would no doubt win. I don't understand why he would want to chance a loss in the republican primaries for a senate seat when he can already win a second term as governor

Posted by: Overbearing US Government at January 29, 2010 11:01 AM (wuv1c)

58 Stand your ground, Charlie!  It's the principled thing to do . . . especially if you're a senile old fool who craps his diaper three times a day.

Posted by: Arlen Specter at January 29, 2010 11:02 AM (CCcDq)

59 High speed rail is stupid in the US.  Who travels from Tampa to Orlando and back?  Plus, all Al Qaeda has to do is place a bomb on the tracks in the middle of nowhere, Florida and shut it all down for at least a few weeks.

Posted by: AmishDude at January 29, 2010 03:51 PM (T0NGe)

One obstacle to high-speed rail in the USA is that on any route for which high-speed rail would be competitive to air, there's a good chance that pleasure travelers will want to drive that distance so that they don't have to rent a car on the other end.  The infrastructure for public transit in most American cities isn't something vacationers want to subject themselves to.

And unlike air routes, rail lines can't be instantly moved between markets to adjust to fluctuating demand.  Guess wrong, or run into some unforeseen market-changing circumstance, and you have no way out of the financial disaster.

Posted by: stuiec at January 29, 2010 11:02 AM (keSj0)

60 I also am not a Bolshevik.  no, really barack said so.

Posted by: Chuck Crist at January 29, 2010 11:02 AM (DIYmd)

61 that month

Posted by: Marybeth at January 29, 2010 11:03 AM (hBRoa)

62 Charlie Crist's hair is a disgrace.  Not silky, not luxurious . . .

Posted by: John Edwards at January 29, 2010 11:03 AM (CCcDq)

63 Bolshevik?  It's true I tell you!

- Gleefully stolen from Benny Hill

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at January 29, 2010 11:04 AM (CCcDq)

64

Something that would never happen, but would be hilarious and a genious political strategy...

Barack Obama should switch parties. Then he could destroy the republican party from the inside, like he already is with the democrats

Posted by: Overbearing US Government at January 29, 2010 11:04 AM (wuv1c)

65
Hey, Ben...

get with the fucking program!

Posted by: This is the guy who says catchphrases from 1989 at January 29, 2010 11:05 AM (jVldi)

66

Good...Don't let the door hit you in the Ass on the way out either...

F-ing F F-er!

Posted by: Jimi at January 29, 2010 11:05 AM (fqxV7)

67 We need a tent so big it can accommodate an endless number of RINOs and DIABLOs.

That's the way to conservative victory!

Posted by: David Frum at January 29, 2010 11:05 AM (Cdz8I)

68 Rumor has it that Crist is related to Obama through distant bloodlines of man's origins in Africa. The WSJ has its own rumors that everyone who is anti-amnesty is racist.

Posted by: Agnostica at January 29, 2010 11:06 AM (gbCNS)

69

Hey, Ben...

get with the fucking program!

sockpuppet off.

Yeah I know. I forgot he named some tool as place sitter to martinez's seat, not himself.

I should have known the carrot was a guvna not a senator.

 

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 11:07 AM (wuv1c)

70

OMG....Look at his Crease

Me so Horny!

Posted by: David Brooks at January 29, 2010 11:08 AM (fqxV7)

71 Foley shoulda stayed with Kids in the Hall.

Posted by: Michael Rittenhouse at January 29, 2010 11:09 AM (2QFX4)

72

Florida?.....Never heard of it!

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at January 29, 2010 11:09 AM (fqxV7)

73 Crist is playing the Republicans like a symphony!

Posted by: Christopher Buckley at January 29, 2010 11:10 AM (Cdz8I)

74 Isn't this the asshole that socialized home insurance in FL? 

He all ready a democrat now, so let him leave.  Arrogance has no favorite party, but the democrats seem to be attracting the best and the brightest.

Posted by: Kemp at January 29, 2010 11:11 AM (2+9Yx)

75 Charlie, please leave, please please with sugar on top.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at January 29, 2010 11:14 AM (DIYmd)

76 Is it time for FIAF already?

Posted by: sporadic small arms fire at January 29, 2010 11:14 AM (dP6Ky)

77

Obama was lucky that I wasn't sitting in front of him at that Propoganda Session with the Republicans.

I would have went Joe Wilson on his Ass....... Something Like!

"You Lie....You Commie WannaBe!"

Then I would have sat down, spread my legs and with lighter in hand, blown a Fart in his general direction!

Posted by: Jimi at January 29, 2010 11:14 AM (fqxV7)

78

I want him to stay a republican and a governor. He is RINO-esque but he's still far better than just about any other democrat who would take his place.

Plus Rubio, in my mind, has a better chance of beating him in the primaries than in the general election.  Christ could pull out a Joe Lieberman type win. From what I understand his favorables are above 50, which means he is popular with most republicans and some democrats in that state.

It would be easier for Rubio to beat him in the primaries then go one to thrash Meek in the general election.

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 11:15 AM (wuv1c)

79

OMG....Look at his Crease

Me so Horny!

Posted by: David Brooks

F*cking hilarious.


Posted by: Cpt Koons at January 29, 2010 11:16 AM (fx8sm)

80

What an asshat move for Crist AND the Democrats.  He isn't an institution like Arlen Specter, with a long liberal track record that makes him appealing to most Democrats.   Running Crist as their candidate against Rubio doesn't give Dems any better chance of winning in November.  

Florida is a state where the Republicans are conservative and the Democrats are liberal.  There isn't a vast middle that Crist could play to in a general election.  That's why he is losing the primary right now to Rubio.   He won't get liberal Democratic voters excited at all. 

Posted by: rockmom at January 29, 2010 11:17 AM (w/gVZ)

81

Ben,

If he can him in the Primaries, THEN KICK HIM TO THE CURB!.

He's useless at this point!

Posted by: Jimi at January 29, 2010 11:17 AM (fqxV7)

82 Hey Mabel, put down that can of dogfood, we can eat dinner later!  What's this about Charlie Crist switching teams?  (Sniff.)  I'm not surprised.  I always thought he was teh gay. 

Posted by: Cranky ol' Floriduh Voter at January 29, 2010 11:17 AM (CfmlF)

83 Hey Crist: "Harden The Fuck Up"

Posted by: conscious, but incoherent at January 29, 2010 11:18 AM (Vu6sl)

84

Hmmm, I don't what to do.  If  I stay Republican I get my ass kicked.

Maybe I can embrace the Kenyan Dimwit, and ride to victory as  A LIBTARD on his coat tales.  You see, I'm not sure of where I stand.  MARXISM or AMERICA EXCEPTIONALISM.

Oh dear this is difficult, maybe I should ask my MAGIC 8 BALL.

Posted by: gus at January 29, 2010 11:22 AM (Vqruj)

85 WSJ: Rumors Fly That Crist May Switch Parties

Sorry: I oversold the headline on a tip before seeing the story. It's not an all-caps sort of thing -- just speculation.


Meh; He flips he flops, it would be merely symbolic in the end. I don't really care which party he claims to affiliate with at this point.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at January 29, 2010 11:22 AM (0q2P7)

86
Mark Foley should run for governor.

Posted by: This is the guy who says catchphrases from 1989 at January 29, 2010 11:22 AM (jVldi)

87

Then I would have sat down, spread my legs and with lighter in hand, blown a Fart in his general direction!

 

Crist is unworthy of my glorious, melodic farts!

Posted by: Decco "Deep Throat" Cuffe at January 29, 2010 11:27 AM (CfmlF)

88 I like the cut of this man's suntan.

Posted by: Andi Sullivan, OB/GYN to the stars at January 29, 2010 11:33 AM (wPZU5)

89
Did Ben start drinking early today?  No fair, some of us are still at work.

Posted by: Dang Straights at January 29, 2010 11:35 AM (fx8sm)

90
wow we hit the Friday Evening AoS Dead Zone already?

Posted by: This is Timmy in the well at January 29, 2010 11:37 AM (jVldi)

91

Did Ben start drinking early today?  No fair, some of us are still at work.

Shit. This is worse than the time i broke a thread's comment section by accident

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 11:38 AM (wuv1c)

92
it'd be nice if Ace would put up a late afternoon tv/movie discussion thread on Fridays

Posted by: This is Timmy in the well at January 29, 2010 11:39 AM (jVldi)

93
wow we hit the Friday Evening AoS Dead Zone already?

Think most employed morons have already busted out of the office and have hit the commute.

Posted by: Dang Straights at January 29, 2010 11:39 AM (fx8sm)

94
Think most employed morons have already busted out of the office and have hit the commute are driving to the packy to buy booze so they can drown their sorrows all weekend.

Posted by: This is Timmy in the well at January 29, 2010 11:41 AM (jVldi)

95 These accusations are based on nothing.  Beat Crist on policies.  It's totally doable.  Don't pass dumb rumors without evidence.

This is like asking if Lazio has stopped beating his wife yet.

I wish the bigwig assholes would stay out of primaries.  It's fair to be pissed about that.  but Crist is not Scozzafava by any stretch of the imagination.  I'm sure I'll see this leaked again and against against whoever the dems perceive as the moderate.

Posted by: Wigglesworth at January 29, 2010 11:42 AM (dUOK+)

96
Thanks for ftfm.

Posted by: Dang Straights at January 29, 2010 11:42 AM (fx8sm)

97
Think most employed morons have already busted out of the office and have hit the commute strip joints or White Castles.

Posted by: This is Timmy in the well at January 29, 2010 11:43 AM (jVldi)

98 High-speed rail in Florida? Why, what are you going to do without a car on the other end of the trip, wouldn't a high-speed ferry make more sense, cost less money, and be built in the USA.

Posted by: Jean at January 29, 2010 11:44 AM (7K04W)

99
Timmy out

be back around 1830

Posted by: This is Timmy in the well at January 29, 2010 11:45 AM (jVldi)

100 What's going on in the Florida Dem Senate primary?  Is there even room for Crist to go there?

Posted by: Methos at January 29, 2010 11:45 AM (Xsi7M)

101
Ohh, I love high thpeed fairies!

Posted by: Bawney Fwank at January 29, 2010 11:45 AM (fx8sm)

102 Frank Luntz on FOX :  "Big winner at the Republican meeting with Obama today was Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin"

Posted by: mama winger at January 29, 2010 11:48 AM (Ue9UN)

103

I can see how someone like say, a Zell Miller, might have pulled a principled switch to another party if he felt his party was truly no longer representative of his values. But these jerks who switch just because it's no longer working out for them in terms of the logistics of getting the votes they need to stay in or gain office, or to avoid a tough race? Who could trust them going forward about anything they say?

I know this is a really naive post, so please don't e-mail me to say you have a great bridge to sell me. I'm not that naive. But these spineless cretins nauseate me. Am I the only one that this disturbs?

On second thought, maybe someone does have a really nice bridge that could be had at a price?

 

Posted by: RM at January 29, 2010 11:50 AM (1kwr2)

104 I think everyone packed it in early because of the snow.

Posted by: Jean at January 29, 2010 11:53 AM (7K04W)

105
I think everyone packed it in early because of the snow.

Global Warming!  I told ya so!

Posted by: Osama Bin Laden - D (AQ) at January 29, 2010 11:54 AM (fx8sm)

106 Sweet Jeebus.  I just went over to the Daily Beast and read excerpts from Andrew Young's book about Silky Pony.  Holy crap.  I need a shower.

Posted by: Slow Joe at January 29, 2010 11:55 AM (UOM48)

107 Out, damned sockpuppet.

Posted by: Jane D'oh! at January 29, 2010 11:56 AM (UOM48)

108

I can see how someone like say, a Zell Miller, might have pulled a principled switch to another party if he felt his party was truly no longer representative of his values. But these jerks who switch just because it's no longer working out for them in terms of the logistics of getting the votes they need to stay in or gain office, or to avoid a tough race? Who could trust them going forward about anything they say?

I agree fully. I can understand a principled swtich, but not a shrewd political one. Even Jim Jeffords or that other guy in Rhode Island or new england somewhere, didn't bother me. They were essentially liberals. Kind of like Anderson running as a third party candidate in the 1980 presidential election. It was out of principle, that is fine with me.

I live in PA and plan on doing what I can for Toomey to make sure Arlen Spector (D-Arlen Spector) gets unseated. I just wish we could also vote out that unibrowed retard that is Bob Casey as well.

 

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 11:59 AM (wuv1c)

109 And unlike air routes, rail lines can't be instantly moved between markets to adjust to fluctuating demand.  Guess wrong, or run into some unforeseen market-changing circumstance, and you have no way out of the financial disaster

But Main Street's still all cracked and broken.

Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken.

Monorail!  Monorail!  MONORAIL!

Posted by: VJay at January 29, 2010 11:59 AM (gQ+XA)

110

Snarlin' Arlen said the same sort of thing, IIRC, right until it became obvious he was radioactive in the GOP.

HA HA...and he is behind 'round 15 points in the polling now...HEEE HEEEEE

Posted by: rightzilla at January 29, 2010 12:00 PM (rVJH4)

111 I just went over to the Daily Beast and read excerpts from Andrew Young's book about Silky Pony. Holy crap. I need a shower. That sounds like looking at porn because you want to feel guilty.

Posted by: fluffy at January 29, 2010 12:00 PM (4Kl5M)

112

Forget high speed rails.

What we need is a monorail. It put Brockton, Ogdenville and East Haverbrook on the map.

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 12:01 PM (wuv1c)

113 I just wish we could also vote out that unibrowed retard that is Bob Casey as well.

Me not unibrowed no how.

Posted by: Bobby "Pudding Cup" Casey at January 29, 2010 12:02 PM (gQ+XA)

114
Nawww, monorail is more of a SHELBYVILLE idea...

Posted by: Lyle Lanley at January 29, 2010 12:05 PM (fx8sm)

115 108 Sweet Jeebus.  I just went over to the Daily Beast and read excerpts from Andrew Young's book about Silky Pony.  Holy crap.  I need a shower.
 

Holy Crap, I'm sorry I went to that link!  (Although I'm not surprised Edwards had his staffers covering up the "made in Italy" on his suits with "made in the U.S.A." labels.  What a total phony prick.

"Edwards had equally harsh words for his wife as he did for his mistress, and referred to Elizabeth as “crazy.” Though Young reports receiving countless angry emails from Elizabeth, John felt that her warm persona played better with voters than he did, and that this was the main factor keeping him in the marriage. (The Wall Street Journal)"

Posted by: Decco at January 29, 2010 12:06 PM (CfmlF)

116 Monorail!  Monorail!  MONORAIL!

ha!  We  had grandiose plans to expand our monorail here in Seattle.  After they bought a lot of property by eminent domain and paid out huge quantities of money in salaries and bonuses to a bunch of knob polishing monorailistas, the voters cancelled the project by initiative.  Good times!

Posted by: Decco at January 29, 2010 12:08 PM (CfmlF)

117 o/t BALTIMORE (AP) - In a remarkably sharp face-to-face confrontation, President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers Friday for opposing him on taxes, health care and the economic stimulus, while they accused him in turn of brushing off their ideas and driving up the national debt.

The president and GOP House members took turns questioning and sometimes lecturing each other for more than hour at a Republican gathering in Baltimore. The Republicans agreed to let TV cameras inside, resulting in an extended, point-by-point interchange that was almost unprecedented in U.S. politics, except perhaps during presidential debates.

Posted by: willow at January 29, 2010 12:08 PM (5Bf/7)

118 Phtooey!  (spitting off sock!)

Posted by: runningrn at January 29, 2010 12:08 PM (CfmlF)

119

What we need is a monorail. It put Brockton, Ogdenville and East Haverbrook on the map.

 

Hmm, could that be the next "Hitler responds to..." parody video?  (I just watched the I-Pad one).

Posted by: runningrn at January 29, 2010 12:10 PM (CfmlF)

120

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine,
Bona fide,
Electrified,
Six-car
Monorail!

Posted by: Lyle Lanley at January 29, 2010 12:10 PM (fx8sm)

121 The Dems have Comgressman  Meeks running in the primary and he is basically unopposed.

All you morons...Rubio moneybomb Feb 10.  A million big ones could put Charlie under the bus....

Posted by: budahmon at January 29, 2010 12:17 PM (9pLKa)

122 ....Please excuse me....I meant under the high speed rail....

Posted by: budahmon at January 29, 2010 12:18 PM (9pLKa)

123 "Monorail!  Monorail!  MONORAAAAAAAAIL!"

"Monorail!
"

"Mono-D'oh!"

Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriguez at January 29, 2010 12:21 PM (1bLKF)

124 Did anyone else notice that Barry had used some of Charlie's orange glow tanning product before the SOTU????

Posted by: phreshone at January 29, 2010 01:24 PM (1AnxB)

125 Call John Cornyn and tell him to quit putting up RINOS that are really dems.

Carly is another one....loves O, Jackson, Cap and Trade etc.  DeVore is a good candidate...




Posted by: non_dhimmie at January 29, 2010 01:39 PM (zACGu)

126 Crist and Specter have absolutely no value systems, they'll turn the color of whatever light you shine on them.

Posted by: rplat at January 29, 2010 02:15 PM (G1ArL)

127 What is it with Dems and this stupid high-speed rail crap? $2.5B for Florida and $550m here in NC for a rail that no one will use. We are told in NC that the NC-DC line will create 5,000 jobs. At $109,000 per job, why not just give the unemployed a check? It would be cheaper and we would not have to subsidize the line later.

Posted by: Opinionator at January 29, 2010 03:02 PM (DCqCM)

128 Charlie Crist? A RINO?  Nonsense!

I for one support his campaign wholeheartedly, and look forward to having him as a fellow Senator next year. 

I can't tell you how I've longed to have someone of similar temperment and tastes as myself as a fellow senator, someone with whom I can enjoy a convivial lunch in the Senate dining room, perhaps an occasional sweaty workout and sauna in the Senate gym.

You know, someone a manly fellow with a wide stance can say "howdy" to in the Senate restroom.


Posted by: Larry Craig at January 29, 2010 04:16 PM (eWtdM)

129 What Obama and Pelosi don't seem to understand is that the American people don't just dislike the ponytails Big Sister has given them...they want the federal government out of their hair altogether.  

You'd be hard-pressed to find better commentary on the President's SOTU address than this: http://rjmoeller.com/2010/01/a-speech-to-remember-to-forget/

Posted by: Frank the Tank at January 29, 2010 07:50 PM (aM0gY)

130 If Crist wants to switch, he should be a man and do it now.

Posted by: Blacque Jacques Shellacque at January 29, 2010 10:18 PM (8PFPH)

131
As a Republican, Crist smoked pole privately, but as a Democrat, he can be an open source cock sucker.  Reach arounds, rump bumping and jumping ugly on the pink pony is standard liberal behavior. 

Posted by: Fish at January 30, 2010 11:44 AM (M5t+h)

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