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What They Are Saying: “Pathetically Artificial”

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WLS-AM Chicago’s Dan Proft: “After That Interview, I Had To Drop An Ashtray On The Ground To Make Sure Gravity Still Existed.” (Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft, Interview with Charlie Crist, 2/3/14)

  • “Charlie Crist: The Flip-Floppy Flippiest Governor Is Trying To Become Governor Again.” (Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft, Interview with Charlie Crist, 2/3/14)

Syndicated Radio Host Brian Kilmeade Says “I Don’t Think Any Of His Arguments Held Up Or Made Sense.” (Brian Kilmeade, Interview with Charlie Crist, 2/3/14)

WNYC New York’s Brian Lehrer: “Give Me Something Specific. I’m Not Hearing Anything Specific …”(Brian Lehrer, Interview With Charlie Crist, 2/3/14)

FLORIDA, NATIONAL PUNDITS BLAST CHARLIE’S BOOK, AVOIDANCE OF DEBATES AS “DISHONEST” AND SELF-SERVING

The New Republic‘s Issac Chotiner: “Charlie Crist’s Achingly Bad Search For Self.” (Isaac Chotiner, “Charlie Crist’s Achingly Bad Search for Self, The New Republic, 1/31/2014)

  • Chotiner Describes The Book As “A Dishonest And Boring Memoir.” “Charlie Crist’s new book, lazily titled The Party’s Over, is a cause for both anger and sadness. Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida who is now running for the same office as a Democrat, has written-or rather has co-written, with Newsday columnist and Fox News liberal Ellis Henican -a dishonest and boring memoir.” (Isaac Chotiner, “Charlie Crist’s Achingly Bad Search for Self, The New Republic, 1/31/2014)
  • Chotiner Says Crist “Is Such A Political Hack,” “A Pathetically Artificial Person.” “Crist is such a political hack, and so unable to talk or sound like a normal human being, that he actually provides a window into the soul-destroying business of politics … a pathetically artificial person …” (Isaac Chotiner, “Charlie Crist’s Achingly Bad Search for Self, The New Republic, 1/31/2014)
  • “How Does You Arrive At A Place Where You’re Only Capable Of Speaking In Platitudes? And How Does Such A Person Justify A Career Characterized Only By Inconsistency?”(Isaac Chotiner, “Charlie Crist’s Achingly Bad Search for Self, The New Republic, 1/31/2014)

The Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett: “Crist Could Face Some Skeptical Questioning About His Shift From A Republican Who Invoked Ronald Reagan And Jeb Bush To A Democrat Allied With President Barack Obama.” (George Bennett, “Crist’s Book Promo Tour: Softball This Morning, ‘Hardball’ Later,” The Palm Beach Post, 2/4/14)

(Chan Lowe, “Why Charlie Crist Won’t Debate Nan Rich,” The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/3/14)

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel‘s Chan Lowe Says Charlie Crist Is Avoiding Debates With Nan Rich Because His “Allegiance To The Democratic Party Is On The Shallow Side,” Uses The Party As “A Vehicle To Attain His Ambitions.” “It gives short shrift, though, to Democratic primary voters who may have wished to hear a healthy exchange of positions on important topics between those who are vying to be their candidate. But one suspects that Charlie’s allegiance to the Democratic Party is on the shallow side; in his mind, the party is more of a vehicle to attain his ambitions for a dramatic redemption and comeback than a philosophy to be embraced.” (Chan Lowe, “Why Charlie Crist Won’t Debate Nan Rich,” The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/3/14)

  • “Charlie Has One Overarching Political Philosophy, Which Is To Do What Most Benefits Charlie Crist’s Future. His Success In This Endeavor Depends On How Well He’s Able To Convince Floridians That His Interests And Theirs Dovetail … [T]Hey Don’t Do So In The Case Of Spurning A Debate With His Primary Opponent.” (Chan Lowe, “Why Charlie Crist Won’t Debate Nan Rich,” The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/3/14)

The Tampa Tribune‘s Tom Jackson Says Charlie’s Flip-Flops Are “Shameless” Effort To Feed His “Appetite For Public Office.” “Some candidates ‘evolve.’ Others flip-flop. Crist defies categorization. As has become increasingly clear since he bolted the GOP in shameless, transmogrifying pursuit of the U.S. Senate in 2010, Crist’s appetite for public office is so utterly consuming, he will endorse any assortment of policies in desperate hope of aggregating 51 percent of the electorate.” (Tom Jackson, “When New Charlie Meets Old Charlie,” The Tampa Tribune, 1/29/14)

  • “To Say He’s An Opportunistic Chameleon Is To Libel Grifters And Lizards In The Same Breath.” (Tom Jackson, “When New Charlie Meets Old Charlie,” The Tampa Tribune, 1/29/14)

 

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