Crist To Announce Run As Independent

2010 April 28
by INC

Today seems to be RINO thread day.  From GretaWire:

Fox News has learned that Charlie Crist has decided and plans to announce that he is running as an Independent for the U.S. Senate.  The official announcement is scheduled at 5pm in St. Petersburg, Florida tomorrow.

Crist has said that under no circumstance would he drop out of the race, saying he will do what is best for the voters of Florida.  Crist says Republicans in Washington want him to stay in the Republican party but voters in Florida have told him they want him to run as an Independent.

This comes after Crist had stated last month he would not run as an Independent.  His veto of the education reform bill in Florida, however, was seen as a signal that he might be readying to go out on his own without the Republican Party.  I wonder what Cornyn is thinking now.

Hot Air links to an interesting column by Rich Lowry, Five Reasons Charlie Crist Shouldn’t Go Independent:

1) Reinforcing the negative. The biggest rap against Crist is that he’s a soulless politician: He has no moorings and will bend in whatever direction suits his purposes….

2) A Republican meltdown. Crist’s standing in the Republican party would collapse….

3) A fundraising drought….

4) Cries of betrayal. If he makes the switch, some big GOP donors might ask for their money back. Even if Crist has no obligation to return it, it will be bad optics if he doesn’t.

5) The downward spiral. Usually, the best day an independent candidate has is the day he announces….

I think it’s a fair analysis.  Crist is another politician who obviously acts in his own interests despite the rhetoric.  Rather than conservative candidates who go third party, are we going to see a trend of RINOs who break away and act as spoilers?  Their ego seems to compel them to do a kamikaze desperate cling to political office, and they have no qualms about backstabbing the Republican Party.  On the other hand, conservatives and Tea Partiers seem to be trying to work within the Party.  This contrast is revealing of the differing motivations:  self or service.

Crist needs to be another RINO who loses.


Fox News (via Hot Air), National Review (via Hot Air).

27 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 April 28 10:35 am

    Anger is not a reason to run Charlie…

    Never a reason to run

  2. 2010 April 28 10:35 am

    “are we going to see a trend of RINOs who break away and act as spoilers?”


  3. 2010 April 28 10:38 am
    INC permalink

    I agree, Eph.

    I added a couple of sentences in the last paragraph to point out that Crist as a RINO is doing what the Tea Partiers are accused of.

  4. 2010 April 28 10:39 am
    bc3b permalink

  5. 2010 April 28 10:41 am

    I will say this…the GOP has more internal problems than the Democrats.

    Between RINO defections, Michael Steele, and the Tea Parties I dont see how the GOP takes the House nor the Senate come November

  6. 2010 April 28 10:41 am
    bc3b permalink

    Eph Rove

    “are we going to see a trend of RINOs who break away and act as spoilers?”


    Bbbbbbbut they are essential to our success. Had Chaffee been reelected, we’d all be billionaires.

  7. 2010 April 28 10:42 am
    INC permalink

    My word, Eph, Specter is deluding no one but himself.

  8. 2010 April 28 10:42 am
    justrand permalink

    Crist is MUCH closer to being a Democrat than he is a Republican.

    So of the three possible outcomes in Florida, Crist sees TWO of them as VERY positive for him…and the third one isn’t so bad either!

    (1) Crist wins…his first choice, obviously
    (2) the Democrat wins and has Crist to thank for it. Crist then jumps to being a Democrat and he already has a some chips to play!
    (3) Rubio wins…Crist STILL tries to cash his “I tried to help the Democrats” chips in by jumping to the Democrat PArty.

    Crist and Alan Sphincter should get a room!

  9. 2010 April 28 10:44 am
    justrand permalink

    so is Rubio going to be able to pull this out anyway??

  10. 2010 April 28 10:44 am
    INC permalink

    Eph, if you look at the House as a collection of individual races, then I think we will take it. The Reps have to answer to a smaller area and the voters are angry.

    The Senate–I doubt we will take it. The national woes of the Rs affect those races more directly, IMO. We have to wait and see what the summer brings.

  11. 2010 April 28 10:46 am
    INC permalink

    JR, from reading around the sense that I get is that Crist will get a bump, but Rubio will win.

    I think the Dems of the state will go for Meek. The Rs and Indies will go for Rubio.

    AP has this analysis in his post:

    So long as both Rubio and Kendrick Meek are in the thick of it on Election Day, centrists on both sides of the aisle will feel enormous pressure to defect from Crist and vote as partisans to stop the opposing party’s “extremist” candidate. Which is why, I suspect, Crist’s initial attacks will focus on Meek. Rubio’s going to get ~35 percent no matter what, so the quicker Crist can marginalize the Democrat and convince the lefty base that Meek is hopeless, the likelier he is to capitalize on strategic voting himself.

  12. 2010 April 28 10:53 am
    bc3b permalink

    Crist and Specter are two great examples of why it is essential to “cull the herd” and primary RINOs early in the game. Were he to get elected, I could see Trey Grayson taking this route in six years.

  13. 2010 April 28 11:21 am

    Little charlie crist,
    is hankering for a tryst,
    With sweet lucy graham,
    The senatorial sham,
    His favorite little twist,

  14. 2010 April 28 11:27 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Lets project the death spiral shall we?

    * GOP pulls everything that they had not already withdrawn.
    * Prime donors start to disappear.
    * Mack starts the rumor mill that Crist is not to be trusted.
    * Media buys don’t materialize due to a lack of funds.
    * Crist is on the ballot. But when the general is over gets less than 1% of the vote.

    Crist started out was well basted. When this is over his political career is fully cooked. Time to throw him out with the garbage.

  15. 2010 April 28 11:29 am
    bc3b permalink

    Rubio backtracking. Blaming Federal Government:

    Am I the only one who thinks this whole country may fall apart?

  16. 2010 April 28 11:30 am
    drdog09 permalink

    so is Rubio going to be able to pull this out anyway??

    Oh yeah! This helps rubio. A poll was done a month ago and 53% of the voters polled wanted Crist gone then. The disgust factor will up that number considerably.

  17. 2010 April 28 11:31 am

    Perhaps nihilism is our friend.

  18. 2010 April 28 11:34 am
    INC permalink

    Dr. D., RedState has a post up saying that Crist has reserved as much TV ad air time as he can in Florida through November, thus spending as much of R money as possible so that he has none to give back.

  19. 2010 April 28 11:36 am
    beej permalink

    Crist and Specter are two great examples of why it is essential to “cull the herd” and primary RINOs early in the game.

    Amen! Amen! Amen, Amen, Amen. Sing together now, Amen…..

  20. 2010 April 28 11:50 am

    “Am I the only one who thinks this whole country may fall apart?”

    No sir

  21. 2010 April 28 11:50 am
    INC permalink

    At HA, Wethal (a Poli commenter from the old days) has been following the NRSC web page. Crist was still on it earlier today.

    He is now gone.

    Click on the state of Florida and there is no photo of Charlie to be found!

  22. 2010 April 28 12:04 pm
    TLS permalink

    Doesn’t matter what party Crist runs in , that photo of Obama is just going to keep coming back to haunt him, imho.

  23. 2010 April 28 12:52 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    INC, whose money bought the airtime? State GOP or Crist? If GOP did it, they can run it as rubio commercials!

  24. 2010 April 28 1:05 pm
    INC permalink

    Good question. I don’t know. I was only restating what I read over there.

  25. 2010 April 28 2:44 pm

    16 – Well at least he can recognize when he put his foot in his mouth.

    Jr’s comments – Did he mean those born here or those that are here illegally too, either way I actually agree, though one may require constitution amendment – or a better interpretation; have to say though this week – probably not the best time to float it.

  26. 2010 April 28 8:53 pm
    INC permalink

    Good grief–what is Crist up to?

    From the Weekly Standard:

    Marc Ambinder reports:

    Charlie Crist, soon to be independent Senate candidate from Florida, tried to reach White House chief of staff Emanuel through intermediates. WH refuses to take the call. Dems plan big talent/money blitz for Kendrick Meek.

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