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What a… surprise: Charlie Crist endorses Obama

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By Doug Powers  •  August 26, 2012 01:19 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

In 2010 Charlie Crist packed up his St. Tropez bronzing mousse and formally left the Republican Party, having informally left the year before. The move was a desperate attempt to save a Senate campaign that ultimately failed. Crist’s inevitable slide toward becoming a Democrat is stuck at the “independent” stage right now, but his latest endorsement is no great surprise:

Former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Sunday endorsed President Obama, calling him the “right leader for our times.”

“I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility,” said Crist, in an op-ed published in the Tampa Bay Times.

“Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated,” he added. “It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.”
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In his op-ed, Crist blasted his former party, accusing Republicans of adopting positions outside of the mainstream.

“As Republicans gather in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney, Americans can expect to hear tales of how President Obama has failed to work with their party or turn the economy around,” he wrote. “The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.”

Looks like somebody has been promised the “tanning bed czar” gig if Obama wins a second term. However, Crist’s endorsement will probably accomplish little other than maybe earn Romney an extra half dozen votes in Florida.

Here’s the flip side to Crist’s endorsement of Obama — a flashback to “buyers remorse”:

Flashback to March of 2010 (h/t Jonah Goldberg):

How things have changed. Rumor has it that when Obama’s people asked Crist why he was going all-in for the president’s re-election with this weekend’s glowing endorsement, Charlie’s response was kind of like this:

**Written by Doug Powers

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