About an oil spill, so to speak

No, not that oil spill.

The divorce between Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican office holder-turned-independent Senate candidate, is getting messy. How messy? The state GOP has turned to eBay to sell an oil painting of the governor — er, “Untrustworthy, Self-Serving Politician,” according to the listing — in an effort to “Help…Get Our Money Back!” More from the listing:

  • Canvas is naturally sensitive to changes of temperature and humidity, just as the Charlie Crist’s political convictions are subject to fluctuations in poll numbers.
  • Depending upon variety of conditions, the stretch canvas may periodically lose and regain tautness, much like Charlie Crist periodically loosens or regains positions on a variety of issues.
  • Ornate gold frame made of manufactured wood, similar to the fabricated conservative values of the politician depicted within.
  • Estimated Value – PRICELESS!

    Wow, just wow. With just under seven days left in the auction, the highest bid the last time I checked was $1,469.69.

    (H/t: RedState)

    Feel free to talk about the real oil spill in this comments thread.

    21 comments Add your comment


    May 3rd, 2010
    5:18 pm

    There is no room for a moderate in today’s GOP.

    Road Scholar

    May 3rd, 2010
    6:02 pm

    Republicans talk family values and ethics, but have none! Manners…yeah sure.


    May 3rd, 2010
    6:10 pm


    “Despite plan, not a single fire boom on hand on Gulf Coast at time of oil spill

    If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

    The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand. ”



    May 3rd, 2010
    6:11 pm

    “There is no room for a moderate in today’s GOP”

    Ask Joe Lieberman and Bert Stupak or any of the “Blue Dogs” who opposed the health care bill that Obama refuses to campaign for about room in the dem party for moderates.


    May 3rd, 2010
    6:19 pm

    Or anybody who get’s on Rahm Emanuel’s bad side…

    “The best Rahm Emanuel story is not the one about the decomposing two-and-a-half-foot fish he sent to a pollster who displeased him. It is not about the time – the many times – that he hung up on political contributors in a Chicago mayor’s race, saying he was embarrassed to accept their $5,000 checks because they were $25,000 kind of guys. No, the definitive Rahm Emanuel story takes place in Little Rock, Ark., in the heady days after Bill Clinton was first elected President.

    It was there that Emanuel, then Clinton’s chief fund-raiser, repaired with George Stephanopoulos, Mandy Grunwald and other aides to Doe’s, the campaign hangout. Revenge was heavy in the air as the group discussed the enemies – Democrats, Republicans, members of the press – who wronged them during the 1992 campaign. Clifford Jackson, the ex-friend of the President and peddler of the Clinton draft-dodging stories, was high on the list. So was William Donald Schaefer, then the Governor of Maryland and a Democrat who endorsed George Bush. Nathan Landow, the fund-raiser who backed the candidacy of Paul Tsongas, made it, too.

    Suddenly Emanuel grabbed his steak knife and, as those who were there remeber it, shouted out the name of another enemy, lifted the knife, then brought it down with full force into the table.

    ”Dead!” he screamed.

    The group immediately joined in the cathartic release: ”Nat Landow! Dead! Cliff Jackson! Dead! Bill Schaefer! Dead!” “

    Urban Republican

    May 3rd, 2010
    6:31 pm

    The untold story is the number of non-traditional Republicans coming back to the party and adding diversity to the GOP. Free market capitalism is attractive to a “freedom-loving-American”no matter one’s race or ethnic background!!!

    Both Harriett Tubman and Fredrick Douglass were Republicans.

    Ragnar Danneskjöld

    May 3rd, 2010
    7:09 pm

    Well I am pleased that Charlie Crist, so certain of Floridian love for his persona and whatever policies blow in with the current wind, has realized he has no place in a party with principles. What I don’t understand is why he is not running within the party of the unprincipled.


    May 3rd, 2010
    7:11 pm

    Moderate Republicans are not “dead” in the Party. Brown in Mass is a moderate Republican. The Republicans running in Delaware & New Hamp are “Moderate”. McDonnell in Virginia is now under attack as a “moderate”. Now Rubio is getting attention as a moderate since his stand on the Arizona immigration bill. And you can expect Rubio to continue to move to the left to try to blunt the appeal of Crist.

    “The untold story is the number of non-traditional Republicans coming back to the party and adding diversity to the GOP.”

    That sentence is really a laugh-er. Traditional Republicans are those that carried the national party for most of its 150 years of existence.
    The “non-traditionals” are those on the right wing that have tried, unsuccessfully, to capture the party. Will the “right wing” be able to capture the party? Who knows. But to date they are batting zero when it comes to electing right wing presidents. History proves that all Republican presidents have been moderate to liberal, mostly liberal.

    Ragnar Danneskjöld

    May 3rd, 2010
    7:15 pm

    Dear jconservative @ 7:11, well argued. Could you imagine a radical conservative like Ronald Reagan running the country?

    Michael H. Smith

    May 3rd, 2010
    7:24 pm

    Not sure that the “non-traditionalists” in the GOP are truly on the right, some of them appear to be traditionally on the other side of the left, akin to “Classical Liberalism”.

    The phrase classical liberalism is used in standard academic sources to mean early liberalism, often with particular emphasis on the liberalism of Jacksonian democracy in the 19th Century, which stressed “laissez-faire economics” and originalism


    Ragnar Danneskjöld

    May 3rd, 2010
    7:26 pm

    Dear Michael @ 7:24, agreed. I inflame the leftists on these blogs when I claim to be the only “liberal” posting.


    May 3rd, 2010
    11:17 pm

    Ragnar – how about a radical conservative (say Reagan) negotiating with a radical liberal (say Tip O’Neill) in an attempt to produce something that they could both agree to.

    Chris Broe

    May 4th, 2010
    7:23 am

    The GOP is in this mess because they can’t hear their own constituency. It’s like they’ve cut off their ears to spite their no’s. It’s clear that a classical campaign would be too representational of the GOP’s abstract follies that left America financially Baroque (broke).

    I guess the GOP is having it’s blue period. Blue State, that is.


    May 4th, 2010
    8:57 am

    Between 40 million citizen Latinos, millions of future citizen Latino voters that will never vote Republican again, Independents and moderates who increasingly opt to support Independent canditates rather than cast a vote for a Republican the future of the Republican party as it is today looks rather grim. Does anyone else see that the beginning of the end to the Republican party is moving ahead at warp speed?

    Ragnar Danneskjöld

    May 4th, 2010
    9:53 am

    Dear GM @ 8:57, I see Rubio as the future of the Republican party, not Hayward.


    May 4th, 2010
    10:25 am

    RD..You are right.


    May 4th, 2010
    10:33 am

    If they are conservative, how come they spend so much money when they are driving?

    Steve Benen

    May 4th, 2010
    10:58 am

    The Minerals Management Service is the part of the Interior Department responsible for offshore drilling. Towards the end of the Clinton administration, MMS officials wanted rigs to have the acoustic shutoff switches, but by 2003, the agency had changed direction.

    What happened in those three years? Well, for one thing, the MMS in the Bush/Cheney era became one of the most corrupt government agencies in American history. The Minerals Management Service proudly embraced an anything-goes atmosphere that led to literally Caligula-like corruption and debauchery — federal officials traded cocaine and sex for lucrative oil contracts, for example.

    For another, Dick Cheney’s secretive energy task force concluded that $500,000 for remote shutoff was simply too great a burden, and the former V.P. and his team didn’t want to force BP and other oil companies to spend the money.

    I realize the White House is generally reluctant to blame the failed previous administration for the messes President Obama has to clean up, but when the oil-soaked shoe fits….


    David S

    May 4th, 2010
    11:44 am

    The saddest part about the Florida race is that Mr. Rubio, the likely winner at this point, is just another neocon warmonger. He passes himself off as a fiscal conservative, but doesn’t seem to apply these principles when it comes to funding a trillion dollar waste of money and human life in the middle east. Sadly this is a major downfall of the tea party movement – their undying belief in the lies of government that our militarization of the globe is actually making us safe and that the whole thing is not really just a big money transfer from the citizens to the military industrial complex.

    No More Progressives!

    May 4th, 2010
    12:06 pm

    Steve Benen

    May 4th, 2010
    10:58 am
    The Minerals Management Service is the part of the Interior Department responsible for offshore drilling.

    This is very intersting to me, a person who has worked in a heavily regualted industry for over 25 years (hazardous waste).

    If the rig is in international waters (over 12 miles off-shore), how can the MMS claim domain?

    Also, the Chinese are drilling off the coast of Cuba. Who’ll claim domain when they have a spill?


    May 5th, 2010
    12:56 pm

    All I can think of with regard to the real oil spill is the 2008 Republican convention and the mindless irresponsible chant “Drill baby drill … drill baby drill.” Boy do they look like a bunch of aholes now. Not to mention that the beaches that will be hardest hit are all in hard-core red states and the red part of Florida.

    As for Crist, one could wax eloquent about the attacks on moderates in both parties and the resulting inability of our legislatures to reach compromise in order to actually govern. But, the real impact for AJC readers will be that even with 3 Republican Governors, no deal will be possible on Tri-State water wars with Crist being bludgeoned by his own party.