Posted by DrJohn on 27 August, 2012 at 6:00 am. 9 comments already!


You remember Charlie Crist. He used to be a Republican Governor of Florida. Then he thought he’d become bigger than the GOP in Florida and had his ass handed to him by Marco Rubio:

ST. PETERSBURG — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, continued his political makeover Sunday by endorsing President Barack Obama’s re-election and calling him “the right leader for our times.”

“President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida,” Crist wrote in an op-ed column in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times, “and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That’s what makes him the right leader for our times, and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him today.”

Crist praised Obama for protecting the middle class, strengthening Medicare, guiding the nation through an economic collapse, supporting public schools and investing in highways, railroads and airports, but without using the word “stimulus.”

Crist’s opinion piece is the latest in a series of political steps in which he appears to be inching closer to becoming a Democrat and potentially challenging Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. That would complete a metamorphosis for a politician who once called himself a “Reagan Republican and a “Jeb Bush Republican.”

Crist’s career crashed to a halt in 2010 when he left the Republican Party, ran for the U.S. Senate as an independent and was soundly defeated by Republican Marco Rubio.

Well, he became a personal injury lawyer trolling for wronged people, real and imagined.

Yes, the one-time Attorney General of the whole danged state of Florida has hung out his shingle at Morgan and Morgan, and you can come “visit him” at an email address, that’s “for the people.” Were you injured on a cruise? Have you experienced health complications as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin? Did you slip and fall on property owned by the state of Florida that was improperly maintained by whomever it was that was recently governor? What about sinkholes? You know, the state of Florida is full of those! No matter what’s wrong, Charlie Crist will help you fix your business.

I didn’t think things could get worse for Crist after he was made to apologize to ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne on YouTube, but there you go. The upside, however, is that his post-political career is shaping up to be something that would make for an excellent original series for the USA Network, where “characters” are “welcome.”

This ambulance chaser has cast his lot for Obama:

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. 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. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.

Charlie must approve of Obama’s record which has American incomes declining more during his recovery than before the “recovery summer.”

American incomes declined more in the three-year expansion that started in June 2009 than during the longest recession since the Great Depression, according an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Sentier Research LLC.

Median household income fell 4.8 percent on an inflation- adjusted basis since the recession ended in June 2009, more than the 2.6 percent drop during the 18-month contraction, the research firm’s Gordon Green and John Coder wrote in a report today. Household income is 7.2 percent below the December 2007 level, the former Census Bureau economic statisticians wrote.

“Almost every group is worse off than it was three years ago, and some groups had very large declines in income,” Green, who previously directed work on the Census Bureau’s income and poverty statistics program, said in a phone interview today. “We’re in an unprecedented period of economic stagnation.”

While gains in hourly earnings and average hours worked per week may have had “a minor mitigating effect” on income declines, they couldn’t offset a jobless rate that hasn’t fallen below 8 percent since February 2009 and a record duration of unemployment, according to the Annapolis, Maryland-based firm.


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