Jeezus Crist, Charlie!


The Florida governor is not just on David Byrne’s


By Fred Mills


They’re not just blowing hot air – Florida governor Charlie
Crist is shaping up to be the biggest flip-flopper since the heyday of that
other political nancy boy, John Kerry. As pointed out yesterday in a
pithy-though-pitiless editorial, Crist’s recent about-faces paint him as beyond
merely opportunistic – “we’re watching a different species of animal here,” as
they put it.


Crist of course famously switched from Republican to
independent so he could run for U.S. Senate. He then indicated he’d be
returning campaign donations from Republicans who’d given him money in good
faith prior to the switch, but subsequently announced that he’d “probably”
return the dough, and then finally decided he’d just keep it, period.


Then yesterday Crist reversed himself on his previously-announced stance on
the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy towards gays. As
points out, “As recently as Monday Crist told reporters that the current
policy, ‘has worked pretty well for America.’ By by Thursday, Crist
said he supports the repeal, [saying] ‘Ultimately, as in all military matters,
I defer to the Pentagon and to the generals and what the Senate is doing today
is giving them the ultimate authority to do what is best for our military. So,
I would be inclined to support the Senate’s action on this.'”


Granted, supporting the ban was wrong, period, and being in favor of repeal
is admirable – the right thing to do. But it sure smacks of licking a finger,
sticking it up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing, and then making
a politically expedient decision (since a majority of Americans wanted the
policy repealed).


What’s next, Gov. Crist – using some rock music, I dunno, maybe a Talking
Heads tune penned by David Byrne, without permission in a campaign ad, then
suddenly deciding to stop using it?




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