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Charlie Crist’s revealing babble

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By now, anybody who’s paying the remotest attention to Charlie Crist knows almost nothing tumbles from his mouth except jabber in all its incomprehensible forms. (Not that voracious Florida Democrats, who haven’t supped inside the Governor’s Mansion in 16 years, care.)

Then again, once in a while the famously flexible Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat demonstrates the capacity to babble something that is simultaneously absurd and ultimately revealing, as Crist did when he recently said this to Jorge Ramos’ Fusion TV audience:

“I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there.” Crist added: “I was a Republican and I saw the activists and what they were doing; it was intolerable to me.”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza nails Crist’s rationale for the aggravated nonsense it is, including this from Tallahassee-based GOP consultant Rick Wilson: “Charlie has long enjoyed a magical ability to pretend that his words, his history, and his record are infinitely flexible and subject to redefinition at any moment.”

But while Cillizza capably lays out Crist’s panicky transmogrification, more is needed. This scandalous attempt to create an epiphany where none existed, to recast history while ginning up energy in the sector that believes all Republican and/or conservative critiques of President Obama’s policies are rooted in racism, deserves a proper evisceration.

Multi-platform pundit Jonah Goldberg delivers.

You could click there now and marinate in the glory that is Goldberg’s righteous dudgeon. But if you need a couple of highlights, well, enjoy:

[T]he defining quality of Charlie Crist is that there’s simply no there there. He is an oxymoron (often with a silent “oxy”): He is a man defined by what he is not, including his lack of manhood. ...

He’s not simply making this nonsense up. He’s actually claiming moral conviction he doesn’t have and bravery he hasn’t earned in order to advance a lie no honorable man would ever utter. ...

[H]ere we have Charlie Crist saying exactly what the press wants to hear and no one is buying it. Why? Because everyone who knows anything about politics or Charlie Crist knows that when he talks about his “core beliefs” and doesn’t follow with “are whatever will get me elected,” then we know he’s lying. Crist is a mannequin with a pulse who believes that the only storefront window for him is political office, and his core beliefs are whatever wardrobe will get him there.

Remember, the fellow slinging this latest fabrication was once upon a time famous as “Chain Gang Charlie,” sponsor of the bill that restored prison work crews to Florida’s highways and byways despite “critics [who] cringe[d] at the spectacle of shackled men, most black, stirring images of slavery.”

Cillizza, in conclusion: “It’s a strategy that could work. But, that doesn’t change history.”

Guess which part interests Crist more.

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