Continuing to watch Florida GOP implosions in the Charlie Crist teacher tenure bill (SB 6) veto aftermath. The latest episodes from “As The GOP Turns”:
The Flip-Flop Chart
Not only has the GOP turned on Charlie for his veto, they’re piling on and gloating. They issued a chart illustrating Crist’s wavering views and statements on SB 6 by date. The examples begin in March and end with the veto yesterday. According to the Palm Beach Post, they call their look back a “crystal ball in graphic form.”
A crystal ball that leads where, back to the future?
The Republican Party: They oppose everything, they want to “take back the country,” and today they’re going backwards to predict something that already happened yesterday. They aren’t just the “Party Of No,” they’re also giving “Stop”, “Reverse” and now “Magic” a try while they’re at it. Me thinks this “GOP Crystal Ball” is about as accurate as a snow globe.
If you believe in things like crystal balls, or the traditional “non-GOP” prototype, what do you suppose they would predict about the future of the GOP?
Endorsements. Be Careful What You Wish For
Meanwhile back in the States, we find Marco Rubio not necessarily “stranded in the jungle,” but give him time. Rubio is expecting an endorsement tomorrow from Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney, as per the current GOP model, is doing some waffling of his own at the moment trying to decide if he’s for or against health care reform, which he supported, then opposed, and now is rumored to be supporting again…? That will probably change again soon. Rubio’s not a fan of health care reform.
Rubio already has endorsements from the other top GOP losers from the last Presidential election.
He’s earned one from Rudy Giuliani, self-proclaimed “King of 9/11,” a title which he recently dropped for about ten minutes, then changed his mind again, when I believe he issued a statement saying “9/11!”
Rubio also picked up another endorsement from infamous gay marriage opponent, Mike “Children Are NOT Puppies Just Ask My Son” Huckabee. That’s right, an endorsement from a man who sees cute, fuzzy little squirrels and thinks: “fine dining.” If you can get past THAT at a voting booth without a firm decision, it probably doesn’t matter how that candidate stands on other issues.
Just so I’m not leaving out any of the losers, we have John “How About That Sarah, EH? EH?” McCain. Given that Rubio could easily pass for a hybrid clone of Sarah Palin, sans the hair, the stilettos and the screeching, (among other things) and that McCain just can’t get enough of her even when she “sorta’ disses him to that lame stream media dontcha’ know” you’re probably thinking he’s going with Rubio, right? Well, you would be wrong. McCain’s decided to be an albatross around Crist’s neck this time around.
Either this is another twisted revenge plot from the GOP, or McCain is a little confused. I know I am: McCain loves Palin, but Palin endorsed Rubio, who endorsed Huckabee in 2008, so McCain is endorsing….Crist. Wow. If you’re a member of the Republican Party, the path to revenge is not an easy one to follow without charts and graphs and things. Maybe McCain tried an experiment with that “magical GOP crystal ball” and it went horribly wrong?
Independence Day For Charlie
Huddled masses are standing by, calendars at the ready waiting to make it official. Or at least that’s what Charlie seems to hope. The big “I” word is a carrot Crist is happily dangling in the face of the Bugs Bunny media and they are predictably bouncing after it. Since he still has some time before he has to switch, now that he’s talking again, he seems in no hurry to clue them in:
- “I’m not thinking about that today,” Crist told reporters at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School in North Miami. “We’ll look at that later on,”
- Are you considering it? “No, not really,” Crist said.
- “My veto is a signal that I thought the bill was bad,” Crist said.
- “There’s always a price to pay for making decisions in life,” Crist said. “In my business, in the political world, you take hits sometimes.’
- “The only thing that matters is the people’s poll on Election Day,” he added, declining to evaluate whether Republican leaders in Tallahassee may have misjudged the electorate’s response to SB 6. “I really don’t know,” Crist said. “You know, I didn’t analyze it politically. I analyzed it in terms of what I thought was right policy at the time for the people.”
Should he make the big switch, I wonder how long it will take the GOP to produce a brand new “Crystal Ball” inspired chart with Charlie’s waffling graphed in great detail?
Or will they say “No one could have foreseen the party switch?”