NRSC endorses Charlie Crist; 2.5 years later Charlie Crist officially becomes Democrat

Thank goodness Republican-endorsed Charlie Crist lost to Tea Party-endorsed Marco Rubio. Now if we can only get more establishment Republicans to lose, we’ll be in good shape:

CBS NEWS – Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, is now officially a Democrat, he announced on Twitter late Friday, after filing official paperwork at a White House Christmas party that reportedly was met with a fist bump by President Obama.

It’s likely a first step toward another gubernatorial run for Crist, who served as governor from 2007-2011 and, after losing the 2010 GOP Senate primary against now-Sen. Marco Rubio, became an independent and ran against Rubio in the general election that fall. Crist came in second to Rubio with 30 percent of the vote.

In August of this year, Crist announced his support for Mr. Obama’s reelection, and scored himself a prime speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“What changed is the leadership of the Republican Party,” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times in a phone interview Friday night. “As I said at the convention, I didn’t leave the Republican Party, it left me. Whether the issue was immigration, or education, or – you name it – the environment. I feel at home now.”


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  • UnCL3

    We all knew it…except the douchbag RINO’s…like Jeb Bush.

    • Lime Lite

      Same occupation, just a different corner and pimp.

    • Don

      The RINOs are a hurdle we have to overcome to protect our country. Their leadership is a joke and the best interests of the American people is the last thing on their agenda. The Tea Party is a definite grassroots movement and its potential grows every day. They will be called racists, bigots and treasonous scum by Obama and the mainstream media he owns, but the Tea Party are true Americans fighting for our way of life.

      • Orangeone

        If the Tea Party doesn’t rid itself of the closet RINOs like Rubio, it will die a quick death.

        • Is_Sense_Common

          Rubio is light years better than Charlie ever thought about being. He’s not perfect but he’s not Charlie either.

          But yes, I agree that the RINO’s need to get the heck out of our jungle. It’s enough of a challenge to defeat the lying, filthy SOB’s in the gimmecrat party & media. It aggravates me to no end that we have to fight our own side too. But, it must be done.

          • Orangeone

            I’m learning lots of new vocabulary on Scoop today! Might I borrow “gimmecrat party” sometime?  I promise to give you credit 🙂

            • Is_Sense_Common

              LOL! I’m pretty sure I borrowed it from somewhere. I think it fits beautifully, don’t you?? Spread it far & wide – no one will mind, I’m sure.

      • let’s call MSM their reall name: press-titutes, urinalists, arshe-licking red slaves.

    • Crist is going the way of the dodo bird, just like Arlen Spector did when he changed parties. Oh, they’ll give him high-fives and fist bumps now, but come election time they’ll run their preferred candidate and Crist will only hear cricket chirps. Moral: No one like a turncoat.

  • “It’s likely a first step toward another gubernatorial run for Crist”
    Of course he feels at home with the Democrats. He didn’t even have a closet to come out of as one. We all knew.

    • serfer62

      Sen coryn from TX was the biggie doing the push as head of the nrcs

      • Martin2717

        One of the reasons why I’ll be voting against him in 2014 when he’s up for re-election. Well….. assuming the GOP is even around by then.

  • NoToTyrants

    NRSC endorses Charlie Crist; 2.5 years later Charlie Crist officially becomes Democrat

    Actions speak louder than words.

    The GOPe attack, demean, ridicule, harangue, mock, rebuke, belittle, marginalize and purge Conservatives, all the while coddling Marxist/Statist/Socialist/Democrats.

    What does that tell you?

    It tells me, that at the very least, the NRSC are veiled Statists/Socialists.

    • FreeManWalking

      What’s the difference in the democrats and the republicans?

      They sit on different sides of the isle…. That is stark isn’t it…


  • CalCoolidge

    Wow! Crist became a Democrat? I guess Romney’s next.

    • Romney’s not THAT far along lol.

      While not a conservative, he’s different from the Huntsman/Snowe/Powell/Frum/Meghan/Lugar types who openly slobber their admiration for the left and all it stands for and get the media’s adoration in return. Think of it as the difference between a Stage 4 patient and a Stage 8 patient.

      • CalCoolidge

        You are right. Romney doesn’t expose his slobber.

      • Don’t forget Scott Brown, who immediately turned his back on the tea party after the election. Of course, his 15 minutes are now up since he lost his backing and then lost the election to fake Indian Elizabeth Warren. If you claim you’re a tea party conservative candidate, you’d better dance with the girl who brung you.

        • Orangeone

          And the same is true for Rubio and Rand Paul, both illegal alien amnesty-lovers at the cost to the US taxpayers.

  • deTocqueville1

    Well, Rubio was certainly vastly preferable however he has shown no affinity for the Tea Party and while talking a good game seems firmly part of the ‘Bush group’ and the RINO elite in Washington. We shall see.

    • FreeManWalking

      I hate to be thinking that way so soon after a big azz whoop’n, but it would be hard to say you are on the wrong track.

    • Orangeone

      Well said! I’m glad I’m not the only one to see through Rubio.

  • Crist is such a dufus. And a slip and fall lawyer. He always was a democrat, even in republican clothing. Putz.

    • NYGino

      Hey ABC! As a fellow Floridian who has had first hand experience of what this dufus is all about, you have to laugh. Or cry. Either expression would be appropriate, don’t you think?

  • SurfinCowboy

    He just proved everyone right who called him a RINO when he ran for Senate.

  • What we need is a sweet, sweet ticket like Jeb Bush/Christie with Huntsman as Secretary of State and McCain as the RINO tzar. Maybe Boehner can be in charge of Climate change while Cantor can be the Palestinian ambassador.

    Every day I wake up and Obama is President it is like some Bizzaro World nightmare where the goal is to have less money and success and the leaders view that as better for everyone.

    My Parents are in their 70’s and this Obama tragedy is killing them.

    • FreeManWalking

      Hoping and expecting the likes of McCaint, Christy, Cantor, Bawnyer, to do the right conservative thing, is like stepping in fresh pile of dog crap and expecting it not to stink.

    • Orangeone

      I’m missing the /sarc on your post. If you are truly serious, you should research the RINO voting records.

      • I thought it was obvious, but maybe I should have added /StealthSarc

        • Orangeone

          Maybe it was to others, I’m a little tired after shoveling…sorry

          • You got snow now? None here (MA for those that don’t know) yet.

            • Orangeone

              With overnight snow, 15″ in less than 24 hours.  It’s only it way Wolfie along with the cold.  I hope it stops in MI for tomorrow’s union protests, doing my best to continually pray it does!

              • That’s a LOT of snow in such a short time! 🙁 I’ll pray with you for your hopes. Take care and try and keep warm… Keep your furry kids nice and warm too! 🙂

                • Orangeone

                  So true Wolfie, about a month worth.  But if it’s going to snow, let it snow! The ski areas did booming biz yesterday which is welcome news.

                • At least it must feel more like Christmas. All we have are gray days and rain and cold. We usually get lots of snow too, but only a dusting or two so far this year.

                • Orangeone

                  Have faith. We had only a dusting before too and yes it is definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! It’s a great wet snow too, stuck to all of our trees glistening with the beautiful sunshine today 🙂 Was 30 degrees yesterday when it was falling so great to be outside, now it’s a wee bit colder….

  • gothicreader

    No wonder we lost this past election.

  • Nukeman60

    It’s good that Rubio beat Crist in ’10, before the election fraud equipment was in full gear. In ’12, instead of 30%, he would have gotten 51%. But I am glad to see him a Democrat. Sheep’s clothing is so unbecoming.

  • MikeIsntARealMarine

    Yes, because candidates like Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock, Sharron Angle, etc., etc. were a wild success. Oh, and our problem was that we didn’t come across conservative ENOUGH. The Christian far right of the party won’t be happy until we’re a regional Southern party.

    • Nukeman60

      What do you mean we? You got a turd in your pocket?

      There have been far more Tea Party-backed candidates that won than lost. Or haven’t you followed it that closely? The ones that lost were undermined by the RINOs that haven’t yet switched to the Democrat party.

      • PhillyCon

        Well said, Nukie. We are still waiting for an explanation from these types why McCain and Romney lost. You know-the “electable” ones.

        • Nukeman60

          Yeah. I’m curious what Ann Coulter has to say. (Well, really I’m not, but you know…)

    • Yeah, us bitter clingers are such a drag to the gop. No problem, you’re rid of most of us now.

      • Yea, those “crazy conservatives” like Scott Brown. Pffft. The RINO party can get back in touch with me when they are serious.

    • Richard Mourdock was the Establishment pick, who actively campaigned against the Tea Party choice and helped lead to that loss in the general election.
      Sharon Angle was not an establishment choice, and that also is what led to her demise.
      I would rather have new blood in office, that is NOT Beholden to the establishment.
      Angle and O’Donnell were real folks, not perfected polished turds like some people love to admire, know what I’m sayin’ Mikey?

      • Is_Sense_Common

        Mourdock wasn’t the Establishment pick – Lugar was. The sore loser Lugar did everything he could to ensure that Mourdock struggled through his campaign. At the end of the day, the gimmecrat won because he ran a better ad campaign and the sick and twisted media took Mourdock’s abortion view completely out of context and ran wild with it. Mourdock is a good man and a good Conservative.

        Just want to set the record straight on that one.

    • badbadlibs

      “The Christian far right of the party won’t be happy until we’re a regional Southern party.”

      You say that like it was a bad thing. If it wasn’t for the Christian voter you wouldn’t have any conservatives in congress and there would be NOTHING to even pose a hiccup in the agenda of the leftist/Marxists that run this country at the present time.

    • PhillyCon

      Be careful what you wish for … you might be longing for those “far right” voters when losing becomes a permanent status.

  • FreeManWalking

    “What changed is the leadership of the Republican Party,” I couldn’t agree more Charlie!

    They have become so moderate that they allow democrats to run as republicans.

    Us conservatives call them RINOs, of course you being one I am not telling you anything you didn’t already know.

  • 57thunderbird

    Imagine my surprise.(sarc)

  • “… the Republican party, it left me”…

    Somebody say ‘sorry Charlie’ to Charlie.

    Somebody tell Charlie that his fist bump with BHObama indicates he found an ideological soul mate with the titular head of the ‘OCCUPY’ movement and with the social democrats of the Democrat Party.

    Somebody tell Charlie that he crossed the Rubicon all by himself when the Democrat Party’s social justice siren’s song overwhelmed his emotions because he could not wait for the Republican Party, the GOPe, to start singing the same social justice siren’s song of equality… redistribution of private property… peace… harmony… forward progress… Agenda 21… yada… yada… yada… kumbaya.

    Somebody tell Charlie that he should have stuck around because it seems that the GOPe is starting to sing the same social justice siren’s song… of course, ONLY for the good of the people… the poor… the downtrodden… the earth… the progressive Agenda… yada… yada… yada… kumbaya.

    Somebody tell Charlie that the collectivist commune vision of the social democrats in the Democrat Party is being, uh, shall we say, being mentioned in the GOPe, including the RNC, including Speaker Boehner and leader Cantor, as an alternative to the FREE individualist republic.

    Just sayin’… ’cause from my perch, the true-believer ‘collectivist commune’ ideology is stinkin’ up the public square where the FREE ‘individualist community’ ideas thrive.

    Just sayin’… and I hope I’m wrong about the ‘collectivist commune’ stuff, but Sarah Palin said recently in speaking with Sean Hannity that BHObama is a socialist and that the communist progressive agenda leads from capitalism through socialism to communism.

    Just sayin… but Sarah Palin definitely hit the nail on the head.


    • sarahsupporter

      Sarah always hits the nail on the head.

      • Dittos…

        When Sarah speaks people listen.
        When Sarah is silent, people wait for her to speak.

        2014 and 2016 are coming, so

        Paging Sarah Louise Palin for 2016…
        Paging Sarah Louise Palin for 2016…
        Paging Sarah Louise Palin for 2016…


        • snowshooze

          Sarah cost us so much in Alaska..
          We’ll probably never get out from under it.
          I live here.
          But she makes a cute cheerleader.
          500 MILLION to Trans-Canada to STUDY
          Building a pipeline across Canada.
          And the study results have NEVER been made public.

  • Good riddance. Nobody has time for these psuedo-conservative turncoats. This is a guy that said not too many years ago that he was a Reagan Republican. This guy isn’t worthy to shine Reagan’s shoes. Adios. I can’t wait to see who will kick his arse in 2014.

    He forgets that it’s his old buddies that have the most dirt on him.

  • Landscaper

    If it has not already been said ….
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out Chuck.

  • c4pfan

    One down …way too many others to go!

  • c4pfan

    Look for talking head types like Ann Coulter to be next!

  • Sandra123456

    Now all Crist has to do is come out of the closet, announce he’s Gay and a leadership position in the Democrat Party will be his.

    • marketcomp

      He’s an opportunist. Whatever he needs to be he will be.

  • tinlizzieowner

    As a Florida resident and a conservative just let me say, good riddance.

  • repubboy

    So whats new he was a Democrat in Republicrat clothing anyway at least the guy came out of the closet !!!

  • Expect him to soon announce his hetero-marriage is a sham.

  • poptoy1949

    I am so very glad the Democrat party has this guy now. He never was a Conservative in any way, shape or form. Good to be rid of him……….

  • Sober_Thinking

    Crist is Arlen Specter lite.

    I wouldn’t trust him one bit… especially since he’s now shown his true Democrat colors. What a stinking weasel.

    • ApplePie101

      At least he’s honest about it, unlike Boehner and McConnell, who are Obama democrats in everything but name.

      • Sober_Thinking

        True… I have contempt for both of them too… especially Boehner.

        So, yes, at least Crist came out of the closet.

      • snowshooze

        Boehner should have gone first. I guess he did. He just won’t admit it until he has done so much damage that he is thrown out.
        Oh… that will never happen because he is keeping up with his payments to the GOP….

  • TexasBanker

    Despite our vast differences, Mr. Crist and I share one thing in common. The Republican party left both of us.

    • 36Free

      But, did you become a Democrat?

  • resolute2012

    What a creep!

  • ApplePie101

    I only wish more leftpublicans would go over to the democrat party.

    • resolute2012

      The Dems can have him BUT do they really want a creep like him adding to their already creepy flock??

      • tinlizzieowner

        Doesn’t bother them much, we got Obama back didn’t we?

  • I am glad he finally made it official. Wonder if he will also come out with some other information ;-P

  • Haywoodjbl

    “I feel at home now”…..which is where you will be after the next election so get used to “feeling at home”

  • Haywoodjbl

    They will try anything to stay in or get back power
    1. I’m a republican….standing there next to McCain
    2. I’m an Independent….oops I lost there too sooooo
    3. Now I am a Democrat (this is what I was all along)
    uh oh I lose again


    • Obama’s little shoe-shine boy?! Alternatively, Obama’s little puppet.

      • Orangeone


      • tinlizzieowner

        Obviously, there isn’t enough ‘glory’ for Crist working for Morgan & Morgan. For those of you who don’t live down here, Morgan & Morgan is the most prominent (ambulance chasing) law firm in the state.

  • mder4thegov

    Remember, in 2008, Romney was leading McCain by seven or eight points–with a week to go–before the FL primary. Charlie Crist, then governor of FL, and not yet exposed as the true fraud he is…endorsed the senator from AZ.
    The bottom line: the democrats feared Mitt in ’08, and they in conjunction with Crist, preferred the weak (as a candidate, nothing to do with his military service) John McCain.
    Mitt was pouring tens of millions of dollars of his own money into his campaign in 2008, because he had not been bought and corrupted–at that point. It wasn’t until he “went all in”–with the RINO establishment–that he got the nomination.
    In a nutshell: Romney compromised his principles, and got what he deserved.

  • Kordane

    Republicans have been criticized for being “purists”, but what exactly does this mean: It means that they’re being criticized for being “pure for liberty”; for not being sufficiently “corrupted by tyranny”.

    Purity is needed more than ever. I’m fed up with all these closet-liberals/RINOs out there.

    All of them need to be purged!!!

    • PhillyCon

      Notice, there’s no criticism for being purists when its comes to socialism or the love of government programs.

  • Good another RINO gone! We should start a program to round up RINOs and take them to a place where they would be more at home – The DumbocRAT Party!

    • Orangeone

      I was thinking Mexico myself

      • tinlizzieowner

        Chicago would work. 😉 😉

        • Orangeone


          Blessings to you for the museum links, can’t wait to see pix of the little plaque bearing dad’s and grandpa’s names for lifetime membership!  I love to honor my military family and because of your assistance I can in this very important way.

          • tinlizzieowner

            We’re a little slow getting those plaque’s up but if the museum gets your e-mail address, I will see to it personally that you get a picture of it. You’re in Wisconsin, right? I will call Kim and Laurie tomorrow and tell them I have a ‘need to know’ (military talk) when the next lifetime membership from there, comes in. Also that I expect to see this get done, ASAP (future donations from great people like you, I communicate with, will depend on it).

            • Orangeone

              I’m in MN and AmericanBorninCanada promised to take a pix for me when she visits 🙂 It will be fabulous to see the Museum through her and her son’s eyes.
              No worries at all.  Laurie was fantastic to work with.  I know things like the plaque take time and that’s absolutely okay.
              I’ve tweeted about the Museum (with link) and will do so more frequently.
              I’m also going to put something on my company website.  I don’t get a lot of traffic but important for those that do visit it to learn about the Museum!

              • tinlizzieowner

                Laurie and her husband are good friends of ours. When it comes to the museum, Kim is the General, Laurie is the Command Sgt. Major and just like in the military, it’s the Command Sgt. Majors that make everything work. 😉 😉

                • Orangeone

                  You did an awesome job preparing her for my call and she got a kick out of our anonymity on Scoop!

              • tinlizzieowner

                You’re in Minnesota, OK, I got it. Please excuse this Southern California/Southwest Florida boy. Places where it snows all look the same to me. 😉 😉

                • Orangeone

                  I was born in Southern CA so totally okay with me 🙂

                • tinlizzieowner

                  I was born in Brooklyn NY but my parents moved to Calif. when I was 3, in 1948. The only time I’ve lived in snow country was thanks to Uncle Sam. Technical school Chanute AFB Rantoul Ill. in 65 and VA rehab hospital, Sheridan Wyo. when I came back from Viet Nam.

                • Orangeone

                  If I have not thanked you recently, thank you for your service! I know Vietnam Vets did not receive the warmest of welcomes and I’m embarrassed of this country for that.  I love all of our vets and know we are only a free nation because each was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms.
                  Funny, we left CA when I was 5.  I’m a misfit toy in MN, never have felt like a native.

                • tinlizzieowner

                  Oh, stop it, I was just a 19 year old kid that joined the military because the local court system was getting ready to throw my butt in jail for frequent ‘street racing’ convictions and that was the option I was given. This was 1964, Viet Nam was just a small blip on the radar, I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into.
                  My Mrs. is from Indiana. It took her a whole year to figure out that she could go out and get the mail in the winter without a snow shovel. 😉 😉

                • Orangeone

                  I remember 1964 and no not from the TV!

                  My kudos to the Mrs. Assure her I take a shovel when I check the mail in the winter, never can tell when you might need one 🙂

  • So the mentally deranged “feels at home now” in the asylum. Why am I not surprised?

  • Good. He can take The New Model Huntsman with him.

  • Is_Sense_Common

    It’s interesting, you really don’t hear about many converts from R’s to D’s. Even more rare is one who goes from Conservative to Liberal. However, we often hear of the other side seeing the light & converting.

    Good riddance Charlie. How bout if you go jump off a cliff?

  • chatterbox365

    I’m sure no one was surprised by this…it was only a matter of time. The dims can have this POS. It’s politicians like Crist who have ruined our party.

  • “…. was met with a fist bump by President Obama…..”…?
    A monkey salute?

  • elvisnixoncom

    GOP Elites and “Moderates” = Democrats

    Marshall Miller writing at Thoughts From the Right Side:

    “Former Florida governor RINO Charlie Crist said in 2008 that Sarah Palin was more qualified to be president than Barack Obama. Charlie now says he’s voting for Obama and claimed a while back that the Tea Party was too “extreme” for him. Four years is a long time in the political freak show.

    Charlie left the Republican Party to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate, one day after denying rumors that he would do so. Rather than face certain defeat to Marco Rubio in the Republican Primary, Charlie ran in a three-way race in November, losing badly to Rubio. This year Charlie got a speaking slot at the Demoleft National Convention. Think back to when Marco Rubio decided to run in the primary.

    The Republican establishment claimed Crist was a good conservative and called on Marco to get out of the race.

    Does this tell you a little something about the judgment of the folks running the Republican Party ?”–democrats.aspx

  • Couldn’t stand him as rebloodlican and will hate him even more as democrip.

    such a flip flopping NWO Scumbag.

  • snowshooze

    As he was a paying sponsor of the GOP.. he received the endorsement.
    So…. do the Democrats charge less over at the DNC?
    But really, the GOP has no morals, no guts, and no future with me.
    I hope there are a lot more like me.
    We can hopefully look forward to Speaker John Boehner joining him soon.

  • AtlEsquire1973

    NO MORE RINOS! We have Boehner, mclaim, and so many others. Enough is enough- we voted them in to display FISCAL RESPONSIBILTY not to kiss Obama’s backside. How did we lose that election? And we have Hillary on deck in 2016, so we need to have a dynamic, intelligent, conservative, that can fight.