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June 08, 2010

Crist: Hey, I'm pro-choice and pro-labor now!

Charlie Crist's campaign to set the gold standard for shameless careerism continues.

In the latest development in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Governor Charlie Crist is coming under fire for removing the pro-life section of his campaign website. This comes on the day the legislature sent him a bill that would allow women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion.

Crist has already hinted he will veto the legislation, which also allows Florida to opt out of some of the abortion funding under the new national health care law President Barack Obama signed.

That he would potentially veto a pro-life bill will broad support from voters is another indication of his strategy to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent.

Follow the link over to Hot Air to see just how thoroughly Crist has scrubbed his website of pro-life content and enjoy his newfound openness to a job-killing measure supported by the state's labor unions. The issue here is not abortion or labor unions, but trust. Those who elected Charlie Crist governor thought they were getting a pro-life, pro-growth, pro-education reform Republican governor. In just under two months, Crist has jettisoned each of those positions and his party only to further his personal ambition, and he's using the power of his current office to do the opposite of what Florida voters thought they'd elected him to do.

When Crist first started scrambling to re-invent himself, his shamelessness was almost amusing in a darkly humorous kind of way. It's decidedly less so now. At this point, I'm beginning to wonder if there's actually something wrong with Crist, as he seems to lack even the basic concept of shame. It's unsettling.

On a political note, Crist's behavior should serve as an object lesson to those who keep insisting our best chances to win elections lie with moderate candidates. Political moderation may have its benefits, but as we've seen with Crist and with Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, it also has its dangers. Those who believe in nothing will do anything to keep power.


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