Charlie the Shark

The Tea Party movement is a reaction to mercenary pols like Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who will take any stand to get elected. Crist, once campaigning to repeal ObamaCare, said today he would have voted for it. Then, he changed his mind.

Florida governor and Republican-turned-independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist said in an interview on an Orlando television station today that he would have voted for the health care overhaul passed earlier this year - and then promptly claimed he "misspoke" and actually opposes the bill.

"If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much," he said. "Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program. But being an independent, I have the freedom to be an honest broker for the people of Florida without regard for political party, and the reality is this: despite its serious flaws, the health care bill does have some positive aspects."

Why does anyone vote for people like Crist? Hopefully, they won't. A recent poll shows that the GOP candidate, Marco Rubio, has opened up a significant lead.

The survey of 750 likely voters taken the day after the August 24 primary shows Rubio with 40% of the vote, independent Charlie Crist with 30% and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek with 21%.