We should not be surprised that former Republican Governor Charlie ‘Chameleon’ Crist has shed his political skin several times during this election cycle, as this has been his M.O. throughout his entire political career. “Chaingang” Charlie, as he used to refer to himself, was a staunch “Reagan Conservative, Pro-Life and Pro-Gun” candidate, having defined himself as such at the March 28th U.S. Senate Debate. Once it became apparent that Crist would lose the Republican Primary to Marco Rubio subsequent to that debate, Crist decided shortly before the cut-off date to switch party affiliation, run as an Independent, and embrace a substantial portion of the Obama agenda.
Just recently, in what can be accurately described as an act of pure political cowardice, Crist’s Senate website removed the the issue/position statements from his site that contained any position that could be construed as remotely similar to what the GOP platform has traditionally offered, and it has entirely pulled its stances on Pro-Life and Pro-Gun issues.
Now that Governor Crist turned his back on the GOP, he is actively pursuing a strategy that courts Moderates, Independents, Democrats, and even Progressives. To his credit, Crist has had some success putting together this very shaky coalition of support. Crist’s success in building this coalition has come primarily at the expense of Democrat Senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek.
But having shed his skin several times this election cycle, would you believe that Charlie Chameleon has again shed some more skin? You betcha! This past Friday, our Governor made his way down to Coconut Grove, Florida to attend a function when lo and behold, yours truly, El Sharko swam up to Charlie and posed a couple of questions to him. I did not expect him to acknowledge Maha-sharkie, but he did, and he reassured a fellow Shark Pack member that he was Pro-Life and Pro-Gun. And perhaps unable to contain his excitement from having rediscovered his long lost conservative roots- missing-in-action since April 2010- Charlie then told the Maha-sharkie that he still supports the Bush tax cuts. Watch this:
All of these different positions on the issues must all be very confusing to all Floridians, El Sharko included. But a serious question remains- how can Democrat and Independent voters trust someone like Governor Charlie Crist, who will say one thing to (insert Democrat constituency group here), but yet another thing to El Sharko? Is he willing to say anything, at any time, to any audience, in order to win this race? It appears that way. Fear not friends, for El Sharko will happily chronicle all the flips, flops, and more flips that Governor Crist is trying to ride all the way to Washington D.C.