The other day I posted this: Charlie Crist to join the Democratic Party. On three… 1… 2… Meh! I was greeted with some rather unkind remarks on Twitter for that opinion. “He’ll fall in line! We should be welcoming him in!” they bellowed. (Well, as much as anyone can “bellow” on Twitter.)
But I did welcome him in, just not enthusiastically. Why? Because I don’t trust him; he comes off as just a tad opportunistic. I repeat:
He has a mixed record on gay issues. He supported school vouchers and a constitutional amendment for school prayer, was rated A- by the NRA, “indicating a pro-gun rights voting record.” Here is his past history on more issues. He’s fine on some things, but he’s such a flip-flopper… that his political gymnastics simply leave me cold.
If he ran for Florida governor, would he be an improvement over Rick Scott? Just about anybody would be. So welcome to the party, Charlie, but all I can muster up at this point is a rather muted “meh.”
Just now Crist was on “Hardball” where Chris Matthews was grilling him on what kind of Democrat he’d really be. Here’s what he said about his transformation:
“The party’s changed.” So when asked if he has changed, he answered by saying it was all the GOP leadership’s fault (because of their positions on deportation, voter suppression). He said that the turning point for him was 2 or 3 years ago when he became an independent. “It became uncomfortable” for him to stay in the Republican party.
Indeed, because he couldn’t win a Senate primary against Marco Rubio.
He went on to say he’s a “live & let live kind of guy… compassionate, kind. Do unto others, reach out, we’re all in this together.”
And he claims he’s absolutely “fine with” unions and no longer supports school vouchers. “I’m a public school kid,” says he… now.
On immigration, he told Chris Matthews that he’s in favor of a pathway to citizenship because his grandfather was an immigrant. Matthews asked him, what about the tough stuff like enforcement? His answer: “I don’t know. I’ll be guided by my heart, my upbringing, common sense.”
Matthews, listening to these responses and sounding a little incredulous, said, “That’s quite a switch.”
Crist ended the segment by sharing that he’s “more comfortable with the Democratic party than he was in the Republican party or being an Independent.”
And after that aired, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski linked to the following:
So IMHO, Charlie Crist will have to do more to convince me he’s a “real Dem” than to say he’s a “live & let live kind of guy guided by his heart.” The last time someone tried to convince everyone he was a moderate, he won one debate and then lost a presidential election.
The video was just posted. Here you go: