Charlie Crist: Don't Scrap Obamacare ... But I Can't Name One Part Worth Keeping
11:35 AM, Feb 27, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
From the Palm Beach Post, this is classic Charlie Crist:
Does Crist not understand how the legislative process works? Of course Congress would have to start over on a new bill if it's going to get rid of the tax hikes and Medicare cuts. But Crist has to have it both ways even on a Democratic health care bill that Republicans and independents hate. This hemming and hawing has to top Crist's flip flop on the stimulus, which did significant damage to his campaign in 2009.
Crist's blunder comes just as someone who had his interests very much in mind leaked records of Marco Rubio's Florida Republican party credit card to the Miami Herald. (Earlier in the week, two polls showed Crist trailing Rubio by 18 points and Jeb Bush called Crist's backing of Obama's stimulus "unforgivable.")
Over two years, Rubio charged $100,000 to the party card, including some personal expenses for which he reimbursed the party at the time. This is a common business practice, as Ed Morrissey notes, but potentially problematic for a politician. The leaked records revealed one oversight: Rubio had double-billed for some flights, so he wrote a $3,000 check to the party this week. This character attack on Rubio seems like the first story that has the potential to do him damage.
Charlie Crist became so emboldened by the news that he had taken to brazenly mixing metphors. His message to Rubio: "welcome to the NFL. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen."
But now, with his Obamacare straddle, it looks like Charlie just dropped the ball. Or cooked his goose. Or whatever he did, metaphorically speaking, to help ensure his own defeat in the Florida Senate race.