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Florida Senate campaign hits Charlie Crist for Palin support

Adam Serwer of the American Prospect is guest blogging on The Plum Line this week.

Popular liberal firebrand Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is sending out a fundraising e-mail on behalf of Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek, as part of the Meek campaign's efforts to remind everyone just what a loyal Republican Charlie Crist used to be.

The subject line, "President Palin?," recalls Crist's praise for his former party's one-time vice presidential nominee:

"She'd do a great job." That's what Charlie Crist said about Sarah Palin as President of the United States. If that doesn't tell you where he stands,then I don't know what does.

Crist may want us to forget he's a conservative Republican, but the past keeps coming back to haunt him.

That's just one reason I'm supporting Kendrick Meek. Kendrick understands that you don't send politicians to Washington to flip flop--you send public servants there to get things done.

You know where you stand with Kendrick because he doesn't change his values and beliefs based on which way the political winds are blowing.

The task for Meek is to persuade the voters who went for Obama in Florida that by supporting him, they won't be ensuring a victory by Republican candidate Marco Rubio, particularly since at least one recent poll shows Rubio with a large lead in the three-way race. Part of that is making Crist look like a less palatable alternative to Rubio, which means reminding Democrats of Crist's past statements as a Republican. As part of the same effort, Meek's campaign just put out a radio spot featuring audio of Crist calling himself a "Jeb Bush Republican" and stating "I'm about as conservative as you can get."

Being hit from the right and the left at the same time has left Crist in a tight spot -- he isn't even willing to say whom he'll caucus with if he makes it to the Senate.

Full e-mail (with contact info redacted, per Post policy) after the jump.

------ Forwarded Message
From: "Rep. Alan Grayson"
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 10:40:38 -0400
To: Dave Hoffman
Subject: [sample] President Palin?

Dear Friend,

"She'd do a great job." That's what Charlie Crist said about Sarah Palin as President of the United States. If that doesn't tell you where he stands, then I don't know what does.

Crist may want us to forget he's a conservative Republican, but the past keeps coming back to haunt him.

That's just one reason I'm supporting Kendrick Meek. Kendrick understands that you don't send politicians to Washington to flip flop--you send public servants there to get things done.

You know where you stand with Kendrick because he doesn't change his values and beliefs based on which way the political winds are blowing.

We can't let Crist pretend to be a "moderate," particularly after appointing George LeMieux, who's voted no on health care, no on Wall Street reform, and no on extending unemployment benefits. That's why I'm helping Kendrick raise the money he needs now so he can get on the air, reach voters and make sure they know the truth.

Click here to send a donation of $5 or more to Kendrick's campaign so we can reach our goal of raising $50,000 before the midnight September 1 deadline.

As much as Crist and Marco Rubio would like to paint themselves as independent voices, the fact is that they're both lifelong, conservative Republicans who are beholden to special interests and wealthy donors.

Kendrick is the only real Democrat in this race. He is the only candidate who is 100 percent against privatizing Social Security, who has consistently supported a woman's right to choose, and who has opposed offshore drilling--both before and after the terrible spill in the Gulf.

While Kendrick has been locked in battle for the Democratic nomination, Crist and Rubio have had plenty of time to build up their war chests for the upcoming general election. We've got to catch up.

Because this is a three-way race, anything can happen. So we need you--our grassroots supporters--to do everything in your power to make sure Kendrick has the resources he needs to defeat these two conservatives and be a voice for all Floridians in Washington.

Click here to make an immediate donation to Kendrick's campaign so we can reach our goal of raising $50,000 before midnight September 1.

We can't afford to send a wild card like Charlie Crist to the U.S. Senate. After all, if it were up to him Sarah Palin would be doing a "great job" in the White House. We need to send someone we can be sure of--someone who will do the right thing. That's Kendrick Meek.

Sincerely,
Rep. Alan Grayson

By Adam Serwer  |  September 1, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
 
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It's ON!

Meek is ideally positioned to make a run.

Also check out Meek's radio ad along these same lines... @tpm:

The ad declares that Crist's "home" is with the GOP, and features audio of various statements that Crist made when he was a Republican. Examples include, "I'm a Jeb Bush Republican," "I was impressed at Governor Palin being picked," and "I'm about as conservative as you can get."

"Now Charlie Crist is running for Senate as an independent -- while he still supports extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy," says the announcer. "Don't be fooled. If Charlie Crist gets to Washington, his heart will lead him right back where he belongs."

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/meek-radio-ad-dont-be-fooled-crist-is-a-republican-audio.php

Audio of the ad is at the above link.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 1, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"If Charlie Crist gets to Washington, his heart will lead him right back where he belongs."

Oh no. Conservatives don't want him either. Send Crist to the cornfield along with Arlen.

Posted by: sbj3 | September 1, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

President Palin would be doing a better job than Obama is.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Ouch.

I would say that Crist's Palin Love could help him with FL's wingnuts, but Rubio has those votes locked up.

It will take a miracle for Meek to win. Either that or all out war between Crist and Rubio, and both of them getting caught in massive scandals.

Then again, Republicans only seem to care about scandals when it is Democrats that are involved. So I'm not even sure Meek could win if both Rubio and Crist got caught, together, in bed with a 12 year old boy.

I hope Meek pulls it off, but I am not optimistic.

Posted by: nisleib | September 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Florida, Haley Barbor is supporting Rick Scott the crook!

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0910/Remainders_September.html?showall

Republicans really don't give a damn who they support as long as they are anti-Democratic candidates.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Meek is weak.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse


President Palin would be doing a better job than Obama is.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 12:20 PM |

.............

Quitter Palin couldn't even stand The Heat in Alaska!!!

Getting six times as much revenues back from Washingon as Alaska sent to Washington, and handing out Oil Revenue Welfare Checks to all Alaskans just became too hard to take after just over two years on the job.

The Welfare Queen of the Backwater Wellfare State Of Alaska, abdicated her throne, because she could not Stand The Heat.

A little news flash for you, Mr. Short Bus Troll, Palin was not The Presidential Candidate on the Republican Ticket.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 1, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

JakeD2

REALLY?

59% of the American people says she's not qualified.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/30/most-think-palin-wouldnt-_n_698887.html

Posted by: al_fannell | September 1, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"President Palin would be doing a better job than Obama is."

Sure - because what this country needs right now is someone whose sole management and diplomatic skill consists of wearing her push-up bra.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 1, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

D'oh! Forgot the link:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/10/sarah-palin-201010?currentPage=all

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 1, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

A Public Service Message from Wasilla Trailer Trash:

All High School Girls; stay Celibate, or God will punish you by making you accept 15K Celibacy Lectures appearance fees, and force you to act on soap operas, and worst of all; make you appear on Dancing With The Stars.

No teenage pregnancy is worth having to endure such punishment from God.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 1, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Stop feeding the Palinbots please.

It's just a distraction from the thought that Meek is actually going to win the Senate race. And they know it.

"all out war between Crist and Rubio, and both of them getting caught in massive scandals."

You just described what is actually happening on the ground in Florida right now and that's why Republicans are scared of this race.

Google "Jim Greer Charlie Crist" and "Rubio Amex".

Kendrick Meek is going to win.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Remember the big, affable football player you knew in high school who kept the bullies from beating up the weak kids?

That's Kendrick Meek.

He pays $17 for haircuts (I know because I asked him) while Marco Rubio is Mr. Vanity & a slick talker. We knew guys like him in high school, too.

Charlie Crist's theme song was sung by the Beatles way back in the 60s: Love Me Do. He'll do anything he can to make us love him.

I'm voting for Meek.

Posted by: roblimo | September 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Ethan - Yeah, I knew about those scandals, but you are forgetting the principle tenant of today's politics in America: IOKIYAR

Posted by: nisleib | September 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Sort of a surprising, no-spin explanation of the Tea party movement by Koch Bros. stand-in, Dick Armey: http://www.texastribune.org/texas-news-media/tt-interview/an-interview-with-former-us-rep-dick-armey/

Posted by: dozas | September 1, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"you are forgetting the principle tenant of today's politics in America: IOKIYAR"

True true. :)

But it speaks to the total disarray of the Florida GOP. I've been reading a couple FL blogs for about a year now. Republicans in FL are PISSED at their state party.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 1, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

You guys have your opinion, and I have mine.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ethan2010


Are you still working on those specific democratic economic proposals ????


Everyone is still waiting .....

You shouldn't ask one side for something, if you don't have them ready for yourself.

Your silly little attack tactics have been exposed.

Democratic economic proposal: Divert One trillion dollar stimulus to democratic interest groups and pet-project - lie to everyone telling them that this will creats jobs.

By the way, how is Obama's website going, which was supposed to TRACK all those stimulus jobs - how is that going ???

Time to be RESPONSIBLE - it's a little harder than blaming Bush for everything.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ethan2010:

Are you telling Rep. Grayson and/or Mr. Serwer to "stop feeding the Palinbots" too?

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Grayson is the new face of the democratic party - he is an embarassment and a lunatic.

That is what is wrong with the democrats - they can't get rid of guys like Grayson.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

In the latest sign that President Barack Obama’s Democrats could struggle at the November 2 midterm vote, 47% of likely voters said they would back Toomey and 37% said they favored Democrat Joe Sestak...
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67U3PT20100831

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 1, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

‘Commentary’ blog – Palin in Ascendance, Liberals (even NYTimes) Admit Defeat
Posted On August 30 , 2010 by Jennifer Rubin

"She certainly has them on the run. At the National Mall rally on Saturday, Sarah Palin delivered an eloquent and moving tribute to servicemen and a nonpartisan call to restore — not transform — America. The complete text should be read in full. (If you are not moved to tears by the stories of three heroic military men, you have a heart of stone.)"

"I admit that I had some serious reservations about the Glenn Beck rally. To put it mildly, I’m no fan of Beck’s, and his rhetoric has given liberals plenty of fodder to paint the right as extreme and incendiary. But both he and certainly Palin conducted themselves well — sticking to general themes of faith and service."

"That the media could not find a single controversial statement is a tribute to the good judgment and restraint that was exercised."

"Meanwhile, Palin clearly has the left in a tizzy. They have finally gotten it: she is redefining feminism. In the New York Times, two liberal feminists exhibit more than a little anxiety over the Palin juggernaut. To put it bluntly, they have Palin envy."

Posted by: Petras123 | September 1, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama is now filing criminal charges against the Taliban in Pakistan - this is silly.

This is a war situation - not a situation for criminal prosecution.


Now that the DOJ is involved - and criminal charges - will Obama be SENDING a lawyer to Pakistan for the Taliban ???


,.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"That is what is wrong with the democrats - they can't get rid of guys like Grayson"

Grayson behaves like a Republican, I think STR is just upset that Grayson is a Democrat.

I have mixed feelings about Grayson. On the one hand I love watching Republicans get a dose of their own medicine. On the other hand that kind of hyperbolic juvenile nonsense is one of the (many) reasons I won't vote for Republicans.

Posted by: nisleib | September 1, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Ethan2010

We are still waiting for your economic proposals.


I guess you have nothing but wasting stimulus dollars.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans saying Republicans in Congress would do a better job than Democrats in Congress of handling seven of nine key election issues.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/142730/Americans-Give-GOP-Edge-Election-Issues.aspx

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 1, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Actually the two best chances for the democrats this year are Meek and Alvin Greene.


Alvin Greene is going to catch on - and he could be the ONLY pick-up for the democrats this year.


Feingold in Wisconsin is in serious risk - he will probably be thrown out of office.


Washington State is going Republican - Rossi will win.


The reality of life for the democrats is that you aren't going to see Toomey win PA by 10 points and not see the Republicans sweep the Senate and Governor's office in Ohio. Ohio is long gone at this point.


I really do not know what to recommend to the democrats on the Senate races - they have destroyed themselves by passing Obama's health care plan.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"We are still waiting for your economic proposals."

And I'm still waiting for you to provide your professional credentials that entitle you to summarily dismiss global warming.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Ohio poll results: By a 50-42 margin voters there say they’d rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.
http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/08/previewing-ohio.html

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Public Service Announcement: Don't Feed the Trolls!

Posted by: suekzoo1 | September 1, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I commend the Plumliners who are very disciplined in not feeding the trolls. Fixers tried that for months, but broke ranks many times, and engaged with the trolls and that definitely does NOT work.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 1, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic then:

The subject line, "President Palin?," recalls Crist's praise for his former party's one-time vice presidential nominee:

"She'd do a great job." That's what Charlie Crist said about Sarah Palin as President of the United States. If that doesn't tell you where he stands, then I don't know what does."

Does anyone want to actually debate whether America would be better off today with a "President Palin" vs. Obama?

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

OT:

Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Fell, Study Says

The number of illegal immigrants in the United States, after peaking at 12 million in 2007, fell to about 11.1 million in 2009, the first clear decline in two decades, according to a report published Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/us/02immig.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 1, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks so weak issuing an arrest warrant for a Pakistani Taliban -


Time to be a man Obama - and fight a war like a man.

A man admits when he makes a mistake - Obama should admit that the Surge was a success.


Yes, I am questioning Obama's manhood.



.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Fell"

If we can just keep this recession going we can decrease those numbers even more!

Posted by: sbj3 | September 1, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I'll go first ("best case" scenario):

McCain-Palin take office on January 20, 2009, admist the biggest economic crisis the U.S. has faced since the Great Depression -- President McCain nominates Romney as Secretary of the Treasury and both parties come together to solve these issues -- unbeknownst to everyone, Iran has decided to go for the head of American government and sets into motion a plot to blow up the Capital building during a joint address to Congress, which succeeds in killing everyone except the new President, Sarah Palin, who vows revenge against Iran and, after that's done, access to most of the world's oil supply which pulls the economy out of the dumps (read the rest of the story by Tom Clancy, Executive Orders ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The best of the GOP/FOX cabal:

I try to ignore the birther movement unless it inducts someone important -- a congressman, for example. The (sigh) American Patriot Foundation's announcement that Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (ret.) has signed an affidavit supporting court martialed birther Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is actually a pretty big coup.

How wild is McInerney's statement? This wild:


[I]t is my opinion that LTC Lakin's request for discovery relating to the President's birth records in Hawaii is absolutely essential to determining not merely his guilt or innocence but to reassuring all military personnel once and for all for this President whether his service as Commander in Chief is Constitutionally proper. He is the one single person in the Chain of Command that the Constitution demands proof of natural born citizenship. This determination is fundamental to our Republic, where civilian control over the military is the rule. According to our Constitution, the Commander in Chief must now, in the face of serious-- and widely held-- concerns that he is ineligible, either voluntarily establish his eligibility by authorizing release of his birth records or this court must authorize their discovery. The invasion of his privacy in these records is utterly trivial compared to the issues at stake here.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2010/09/01/a-good-get-for-the-birthers.aspx

Posted by: cmccauley60 | September 1, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We really need better trolls. The current batch are not only crazy, they are stupid to boot.

Posted by: nisleib | September 1, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

sbj3:

There were reports that illegal immigrants were leaving Arizona BEFORE the new law even took effect!

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

12Bar

You have been warned many times to stop attacking people on the blogs - you have a hostile attitude.

If you have something civil to say, say it


Otherwise, keep your hostile comments to yourself

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

schrodingerscat

I have lots of professional credentials -


But many, many people with professional credentials have been fooled.


I have one thing they don't have: common sense.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

OT:

Obama on Opening Meeting Of Mideast Peace Talks:

I'm going to have more to say about today's meetings not only with Prime Minister Netanyahu but with the other participants of the talks here in the Rose Garden later this afternoon. But I did want to specifically take some time out to speak to the people of Israel and to the region about the senseless slaughter that took place near Hebron yesterday.

There are going to be extremists and rejectionists who, rather than seeking peace, are going to be seeking destruction. And the tragedy that we saw yesterday where people were gunned down on the street by terrorists who are purposely trying to undermine these talks is an example of what we're up against. But I want everybody to be very clear: The United States is going to be unwavering in its support of Israel's security and we are going to push back against these kinds of terrorist activities.

And so the message should go out to Hamas and everybody else who is taking credit for these heinous crimes that this is not going to stop us from not only ensuring a secure Israel but also securing a longer-lasting peace in which people throughout the region can take a different course.

I also want to express the deepest condolences of the American people to the families of those who were gunned down. And I want to thank Prime Minister Netanyahu, during a very difficult time for his country, still being so committed to the cause of peace that he is here with us today.

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/obama-a-very-productive-discussion-in-opening-meeting-of-mideast-peace-talks.php

Thank you Mr. President for striking the perfect note on this dicey subject.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 1, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

12Bar

You have been warned many times to stop attacking people on the blogs - you have a hostile attitude.

If you have something civil to say, say it


Otherwise, keep your hostile comments to yourself

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 1, 2010 1:49 PM
---------------------------------
Bwahahahaha.........even the trolls know who they are.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 1, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

DailyKos' Ohio poll results: By a 50-42 margin voters there say they’d rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.
http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/08/previewing-ohio.html

If Hopenchange continues to disintegrate, the "Miss Me Yet?" bandwagon could be a bona fide fee-vah by November.

Even I never thought we’d be using Bush’s legacy as a weathervane... but there you have it.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 1, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

@ all Plumliners,

I'll check in with you guys from time to time to cheer you on your troll-killing mission.

BTW, this is an excellent blog and well worth reading. I hope you can get some attention on energy and conservation topics--I agree it's time, and past time, to bring those issues into the light. Beats the heck out of parsing whether or not Mrs. Palin is Maggie Thatcher reincarnated or whether it is an impeachable offense to squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle, of which the President is accused.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

WOO HOO!!!

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 1, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues, thanks for the heads up and all the advice, I'm having no trouble following it. I hope others catch on as well. Thanks for participating and don't be a stranger.

Posted by: lmsinca | September 1, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"I have one thing they don't have: common sense."

Check, please!!!

Alright....that convinced me to follow everyone's advice. I'm done trying to rationally engage.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 1, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@schrodingerscat: "'President Palin would be doing a better job than Obama is.' --- Sure - because what this country needs right now is someone whose sole management and diplomatic skill consists of wearing her push-up bra."

You laugh, but it's true.

@STR: "But many, many people with professional credentials have been fooled. I have one thing they don't have: common sense."

Now I think he's quoting the Wizard of Oz. "Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain! But you've got something they haven't got. A diploma!"

Turns out, STR is a Doctor of Thinkology.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | September 1, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Christ, just another product of failure from St. Petersburg High School fueled by parents with money.

Posted by: jeffharris4u | September 2, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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