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VIDEO: Charlie Crist tries to convince us he's a real Democrat. Compare to tweets, video of the "old" Crist.

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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:

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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:

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Charlie Crist to join the Democratic Party. On three... 1... 2... Meh!

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Now watch Democrats drool and slobber all over him. Sorry fellow Dems, but I won't be one of them:

(CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who served his state as a Republican then sought office as an independent, tweeted Friday night that he switched his party affiliation to Democrat. [...]

"I've had friends for years tell me, 'You know Charlie, you're a Democrat and you know it,'" Crist told the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

The question is, what kind of Democrat? Color me skeptical.

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, such an opportunist, 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." At best.

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VIDEO- Fox's Brit Hume: “The Republican brand name is in terrible shape."

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Ya just can't trust the GOP, said Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday:

The Republican brand name is in terrible shape, and people are not naturally sympathetic to the Republicans in Congress. They’re normally not sympathetic to the Congress as an institution, but certainly not to the Republicans. So any time Republicans do anything big or bold, they run the risk of people not liking it just because it’s them doing it.”

(Unrelated tweet, relevant quote)

H/t: Mediaite, where they give great video and provide more details.

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VIDEO: Fox's Shep Smith didn't run Sherrod video because didn't trust Breitbart

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Via Media Matters:

From the July 21 edition of Fox News' Studio B

Every so often, Shepard Smith reminds us why he shouldn't be on ClusterFox.

And while he's at it, he reminds ClusterFox viewers that trust is an essential part of reporting. You know, kinda like truth and accuracy.

H/t: MADPolitics101

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VIDEO: Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern-- and Ted Kennedy-- on Petraeus and Cheney

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Ah, memories...

I miss Uncle Teddy... who didn't trust David Petraeus, as you can see in this 2008 video.

H/t: Tosfm

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