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Daily Caller: Does Charlie Crist believe in anything?

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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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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