Your daily update (for 8/29) on just how bad is Chris Ingram’s writing for the Tampa Tribune

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Continuing on a series I just had to begin, let’s take a look at Chris Ingram’s cringe-worthy work today for the Tampa Tribune.

Ingram is writing a daily column for the Trib about the “’behind the scenes’ goings on at the convention with VIPs and the delegate experience.” I don’t know why Ingram decided to put “behind the scenes” in quotes. I guess Ingram is one of those douchey people who employs air quotes when speaking.

While there aren’t many air quotes in Ingram’s column today, there are a couple of airballs.

Writing about the prospect of Charlie Crist running for Governor in 2014, Ingram flat-out declares, “considering Scott spent almost $70 million of his own money to squeak by Alex Sink and could do it again, a serious challenge from the Democrats is unlikely.”


See, Ingram once fashioned himself a political consultant, but that is hard to do when you have no actual paying clients. Yet he still attempt to play one on TV.

Not only do Charlie Crist and Alex Sink wallop Rick Scott in all of the polling conducted to-date about possible 2014 match-ups, but so does State Senator Nan Rich. If Nan Rich, a firebrand liberal hailing from South Florida, polls ahead of Scott, a serious challenge from the Democrats is more than likely. It’s inevitable.

Ingram goes on to kiss Bob Buckhorn’s ass, which is Ingram’s standard M.O. — slurp heavily the few politicians left who still acknowledge him. Then Ingram dismounts by attempting to insult Crist by referring to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s description of Crist as “Florida’s version of Governor Moonbeam.”

Funny, didn’t Jerry Brown — the original “Moonbeam” make a comeback and win back California’s governor’s mansion from the Republicans?

That example may not be the one Ingram and Republicans want to employ much more.

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