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I don’t much care for opportunists. When New York Mayor MIchael Bloomberg left the GOP and became an independent, I wrote:
Except for the people who are deliberately mean and hateful, seeking to harm others — and those who are inconsiderate, indifferent to the feelings of others, I find opportunists to be the most irritating sort of human being. They don’t seem to believe in anything but their own advancement.
With his announcement yesterday, Florida Governor Charlie Crist showed himself to be just an individual, putting himself above all else. His erstwhile rival for the GOP nomination (and current rival for the U.S. Senate) Marco Rubio nailed it when he told ABC’s Terry Moran that the switch
. . . has nothing to do with ideas or principles or ideology; it’s about, quite frankly, political convenience. It’s about someone who wants to continue his career in politics and doesn’t believe he can do that this year within the Republican Party.
Former Florida Jeb Bush agrees, “This decision is not about policy or principles. It is about what he believes is in his political self-interest.“
And I don’t think his opportunism is going to pay off. With video clips showing the Governor saying he has no intention of leaving the GOP, declaring to support his then-party’s nominee, he’s going to be hard pressed to justify his move as a matter of principle. Republican policy has shifted significantly in the past three weeks.
If anyone’s changed, it’s Charlie, suddenly vetoing bills he once supported, calling a political system “broken” that once nurtured him. (According to Daniel Foster that was “the one billionth time an American political candidate has used that particular phrase to justify the pursuit of a personal ambition.“) [Read more…]
. . . but this did not deter her from entering as planned. Immediately upon her exit, the protesters lunged at the diplomat, prompting security guards to whisk her back into the hall. Following a consultation on the site, it was decided to escort her out of the premises in a police car.
The deputy ambassador was removed from the hall and into the police vehicle. However, this did not block the protesters, who surrounded the car and climbed on the hood, trying to break the windshield.
Have we ever seen Tea Party protesters so gang up on a spokesman for or defender of the Obama Administration? Climbing aboard a police vehicle and trying to smash its windshield?
So, do you think we might get a media narrative about the violence of anti-Israel protesters? And hear some criticism of this angry extremists from our talking heads, you know, like the hectoring we hear about the Tea Parties?