From the Daily Caller: The British refer to a sudden change in a candidate’s political disposition as a “u-turn,” after Margaret Thatcher famously said: “You turn if you want to; the Lady’s not for turning.” Italians call the maneuver a voltafaccia, and demonstrated it most effectively in 1943, when the Italian military hoisted a tattered white flag and joined the Allied Forces.
In America, we call such fingering of the political winds “flip-flopping.” But should we now call it “Cristing,” in honor of the second most confused man — after Alvin Greene, natch — running for U.S. Senate?
In the two months since leaving the GOP, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has performed more graceless pirouettes than a bow-legged ballerina. The latest? An about-face on Cuba.
Once upon a time, Crist opposed allowing Floridians to do business with Cuba, much to the molotovish irritation of South Floridians who left loved ones behind in Castro’s blue-collar paradise. Crist voiced full-throated support of the Bush-era policy limiting travel to the island, and at the behest of conservatives in Little Havana, signed a state law in 2008 levying additional taxes and fees for companies that arranged travels to and from the real Havana.
But as with so many of his Republican-born positions, Crist pulled a 180 on Monday. “I think that what the [Obama] administration has done by allowing families to visit [Cuba] is compassionate,” the Miami Herald reports Crist as telling a South Florida crowd. And not only is he willing “to listen to what [travel proponents] have to say,” but he’s also willing to take their campaign donations, like a drifter at an unwatched ropa vieja stand. Continue reading here.