Your morning jolt: Charlie Crist to speak at Democratic National Convention

Tampa – Vice President Joe Beiden canceled his trip to Florida, but Democrats have found a way to make headlines while Republicans mill around, waiting for things to start. From the Miami Herald:

Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

An official with President Barack Obama’s campaign said Sunday that Crist will speak at next week’s convention in Charlotte, N.C., but the days hasn’t been worked out.

The official wasn’t authorized to speak and requested anonymity.

Crist announced Sunday that he is endorsing Obama. Republicans called the decision political opportunism and pointed out Crist has previously criticized the president on issues like his health care overhaul.

For those new to politics, Crist withdrew from the 2010 Republican race for U.S. Senate, as Marco Rubio overshadowed him, then attempted a run as an independent.

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The weather in Tampa today is windy, but the heavy rain that was predicted hasn’t come. Yet.

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich is proceeding with Newt University seminars today. On CNN this morning, he characterized the lose-lose situation for Republicans here. Not only do they lose today, when Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac hits the Alabama-Florida cost on Thursday, they’ll lose much of the attention on cable news.

“All of us have to have the [Gulf] Coast in our prayers. Wherever it goes, we can’t just sit here and say, ‘At least it didn’t hit Tampa,’” Gingrich said.

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If there is anyone more radioactive than Barack Obama in Tampa today, it may be Roger Bonds, chairman of the Fulton County Republican party.

Bonds was one of dozens of Georgia delegates to the RNC who went to a welcoming party on Sunday night as a group.

A radioactive Roger Bonds, chairman of the Fulton County GOP, in (temporary) custody in Tampa.

A radioactive Roger Bonds, chairman of the Fulton County GOP, in (temporary) custody in Tampa.

“We’re getting off the bus, there’s a man standing there and he’s got these two apparatuses in his hands, and he’s pointing them at everybody that gets off,” Bonds said.

“I come off, and he says, ‘This is the one.’ The guy says, ‘Sir, you must come with me.’”

Bonds demurs – he’s already got a date with friends, he said.

But the security fellow declares himself serious, and grabs Bonds by the elbow. Another man grabs his other arm. “Like a robot, I gently went with them. And they take me about 50 yards away. They say, sir, you’re radioactive,” Bonds said.

Bonds claims ignorance, and they put him through a battery of questions. Among the first: Have you been around any nuclear weapons lately?

More questions follow. “Low and behold, they get to Question 24,” Bonds said. “Have you had a stress test recently?”

Just last Tuesday, Bonds said.

Did they use thallium, a radioactive isotope? Why, yes, they did.

Ultimately Bonds was released on his own recognizance. After he got done being mad, he was rather impressed.

“They knew I was radioactive before I got off the bus. That’s how great our technology is,” he said.

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Last night’s Unity Rally 2012 was a raucous tea party event with former GOP candidate Herman Cain as the headliner. Left out of that report – for space reasons only – was the fact that Cain, from the stage, pointed out Martha Zoller, the former congressional candidate and radio talk show host. Who may be trying to become a current radio talk show host again.

Zoller told us that she’ll be working for Lee Anderson in his 12th District congressional race against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, and U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, who has Democratic opposition.

Speaking of radio talk show hosts, Neal Boortz was at that tea party rally, too. Most of his address. “This election is a contats between the taxpayer and the tax consumer,” Boortz said, echoing similar statements by former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who was also at the event.

But Boortz also admonished the crowd to follow his lead and deprive the Democratic party of the “ic” in its name. “If for no other reason that it makes them mad,” he said.

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GOP pollster Frank Luntz is speaking to the Georgia delegation this morning. What he says will be a mystery. The meeting again is closed to press.

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will speak to the Georgia delegation on Thursday morning, as a guest of state House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.

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The Georgia delegation is staying at the Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt, next to the airport and about 13 minutes from downtown Tampa. The place is overrun with security. Here’s something else to fuel paranoia. One of the wireless networks the laptop has picked up reads “CIAsurveillance.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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106 comments Add your comment

cc

August 27th, 2012
10:24 am

“Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.”

So, a candidate twice defeated in a single election will address the dimocrats! Sour grapes, anyone?

oldfart

August 27th, 2012
10:27 am

The “CIAsurveillance” router name is either a joke or the geek version of a honey trap.

Get it while you can!

August 27th, 2012
10:31 am

In Tampa, Ralston is milking the lobbyists for everything he can get while he still can.

Going Right

August 27th, 2012
10:38 am

C’mon, cc, slow down and let me have “first comment glory!” Kidding, of course. I’m glad our numbers may be growing so we can douse the virulent flames of disgusting liberalism on these blogs. BTW: Is Charlie Crist relevant? Better, was Charlie Crist ever relevant?

burt

August 27th, 2012
10:46 am

going right needs to get a life.

Retired Soldier

August 27th, 2012
10:50 am

Charlie who? He is like yesterday’s newspaper, fish wrap material.

cc

August 27th, 2012
10:50 am

Going Right:

Yes, our numbers are growing and not just here on this blog! Our numbers are growing all across this country and they will continue to grow!

“Better, was Charlie Crist ever relevant?”

No, and this is yet another sign of the desperation of the Kenyan and the dimocrat party.

cc

August 27th, 2012
10:53 am

burt:

“going right needs to get a life.”

He’s got one. I seriously doubt that he would consider trading with you . . .

SKE

August 27th, 2012
10:54 am

The reason why no job creation….The POTUS does not create jobs, the Congress does! They appropriate the money. We have a do-nothing Congress!

Going Right

August 27th, 2012
10:55 am

burt (@10:46am); Geez, I thought I had one, BUT, I’ll let you tell me:
1. What kind of life should I have?
2. how long may I keep it?
3. If I die can I then vote Democrat?
4. What qualifications do I need to get a life you would accept?
5. Have you officially come out of the closet?
6. Do you still subscribe to The Weekly Reader

I’m waiting…..

SKE

August 27th, 2012
10:57 am

The POTUS is hated so much by the Right because the POTUS took a page out of their playbook and used it against them. ACA was really Romney care and he said as much on FOX NEWS! But people are trying to blame Romney’s campaign staff for making the remarks.

Going Right

August 27th, 2012
10:57 am

SKE: You inadvertently left out”…and a DO NOTHING POTUS.” (You’re forgiven)

Capitol Hack

August 27th, 2012
10:59 am

Neil Boortz, echoing Michelle Bachmann and willfully using incorrect grammar — again showing his awesome capacity for deep intellect…not!

Darwin

August 27th, 2012
11:03 am

The GOP convention is being held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 62% of which came from taxpayer funds. So GOP, you didn’t build that either.

SKE

August 27th, 2012
11:05 am

@Going Right….oh come, stop being an idiot! That’s why you folks on the right hate the POTUS so much because even the challenger has said himself ‘These policies are not good for America’. So, he’s doing something (the playbook of the Right). That’s you all rightwingers’ hate him so much.

But do me a kindness and READ, before you make a remark!!!!

DannyX

August 27th, 2012
11:06 am

Lol! Republicans fell for it!

The liberal media and liberal elitist scientists have known for 8 days that the hurricane was not headed for Tampa. The liberal media spread the lie on all of their news programs, weather segments and, weather sections, HURRICANE ISAAC TO SMASH INTO TAMPA . It was all just a big liberal conspiracy to disrupt the Republican Convention. Operation Hot Air was a total success. Republicans caved and cancelled a whole day.

All is not lost for the Republicans, they will be able to cheer on the hurricane as it approaches New Orleans on the big screens at the convention center arena, Republicans obviously hate that city. What will get the biggest roar from the crowd? Romney’s speech or flooding in the streets of New Orleans?

You’re doing a heck of a job Romnie!

cc

August 27th, 2012
11:11 am

SKE:

“The reason why no job creation….The POTUS does not create jobs, the Congress does! They appropriate the money. We have a do-nothing Congress!”

Your problem is painfully obvious. You expect Congress to “appropriate the money”. Real jobs have to be created in the private sector, not in government. The President can aid in creating jobs by leading Congress to remove the onerous government regulations that stifle business. It is also a good thing when businesses know what to expect from the government in terms of taxation. With the current resident of the White House, business people have no idea what to expect, but they know it won’t be good. The class warfare waged by the Kenyan certainly hasn’t helped matters either.

Keep in mind that the money “appropriated by Congress” is furnished by us, or at least by 51% of us.

DannyX

August 27th, 2012
11:13 am

“Keep in mind that the money “appropriated by Congress” is furnished by us, or at least by 51% of us.”

You must really hate Ronald Reagan for that.

southpaw

August 27th, 2012
11:15 am

Danny X
The hot air begins with the beginning of the convention. It will disappear at the end of the week and reappear in Charlotte, where it will continue until the end of the other convention.

SKE

August 27th, 2012
11:18 am

@cc….another idiot! Plz go away and stop arguing a moot point!

DannyX

August 27th, 2012
11:19 am

“The class warfare waged by the Kenyan certainly hasn’t helped matters either.”

Class warfare by the Kenyan???? Its the Republican talking point heads like you that keep bringing up Reagan’s Earned Income Credit.

Whatever happened to Reagan’s love affair with the EITC? It went from what Reagan called ““… the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress,” to a war on the poor.

Funny, Jesus hated the rich and loved the poor, Republican “Christians” sure mangled that one.

burt

August 27th, 2012
11:21 am

cc/get a life,

yall’s some pathetic poodle doo-doo.

Sallie

August 27th, 2012
11:26 am

I’d vote for a Obama/Ryan ticket. Can’t stand romney/biden.

td

August 27th, 2012
11:27 am

SKE

August 27th, 2012
11:18 am

More lib anger showing its head this early. The polls are turning and the American people are starting to see just how bad of a job Obama has done to get us out of this recession.

Gas prices up.
Food prices up.
Insurance premiums sky rocket.
unemployment up

This is not the change the American people wanted 4 years ago.

MiltonMan

August 27th, 2012
11:37 am

Libs were all up in arms when one of their own – Zell Miller spoke at the RNC but now are celebrating that a loser like Crist is speaking at the DNC????

Democratic Party = Party of Losers

cc

August 27th, 2012
11:37 am

Darwin:

The GOP convention is being held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 62% of which came from taxpayer funds. So GOP, you didn’t build that either.

Federal funding is available to both political the RNC and the DNC. You determine whether any of YOUR taxes fund any portion of this when you file your income tax return.

Please provide your source for the this information. I find the 62% figure to be high!

Are you suggesting that the DNC will refuse this funding?

Sallie

August 27th, 2012
11:39 am

The pro-vaginal probe party has no chance for my vote. Keep your govt. hands off my woo-woo.

SKE

August 27th, 2012
11:41 am

@td….there’s one more idiot! Not anger sir/mam. Just reading the blog from former Governor Crist and the book entitled ‘The New New Deal: The Story of Change in The Obama Era’. An interesting read on both accounts. The book talks about how the Stimulus worked and is continuing to produce results.

I’m confident the POTUS will be re-elected. The polls I read has the POTUS leading by several points.

cc

August 27th, 2012
11:43 am

Lib rage abounds this morning! What’s wrong? Could it be you can already taste the defeat headed your way?

You’ll get used to it!

SKE

August 27th, 2012
11:46 am

We’ll see who jumps off the bridge on November 7th! LOLOLOLOLO

cc

August 27th, 2012
11:47 am

SKE:

“I’m confident the POTUS will be re-elected. The polls I read has the POTUS leading by several points.”

Are those the MSNBC polls? Perhaps Bernie’s news source “Gawker” is now conducting polls?

Dreams are nice things, aren’t they?

cc

August 27th, 2012
11:50 am

SKE:

“I’m confident the POTUS will be re-elected. The polls I read has the POTUS leading by several points.”

That would be an MSNBC poll? Perhaps Bernie’s favorite news source “Gawker” is now conducting polls?

Dreams are nice things, aren’t they?

DannyX

August 27th, 2012
11:52 am

“Democratic Party = Party of Losers”

Speaking of losers, what day is George W Bush’s prime time Republican Convention speech scheduled for?

mr. mike

August 27th, 2012
11:52 am

Republicans can say whatever they want in public but the last thing they wanted to see was crist turn democrat. Keep in mind that crist was a popular governor and two years after he lost to rubio in a race that saw repubs turn against him, the man still enjoys broad support in the state with both repubs and dems alike. And if he switches parties, he is lilely to easily unseat the incredibly unpopular current republican governor, rick scott. Florida politics just got a lot more interesting.

DannyX

August 27th, 2012
11:55 am

“That would be an MSNBC poll?”

Actually Rasmussen has Obama up by 3 today.

Probably just Republican Rasmussen manipulating another poll. Watch for Rasmussen to show Romney up by 5 after the convention so they can claim an 8 point bump.

Retired Soldier

August 27th, 2012
11:57 am

Dream on Mr. Mike

cc

August 27th, 2012
12:09 pm

Enter your comments here

cc

August 27th, 2012
12:11 pm

Darwin:

Will you provide your source as I have asked previously?

Going Right

August 27th, 2012
12:15 pm

SKF:
@Going Right….oh come, stop being an idiot! That’s why you folks on the right hate the POTUS so much because even the challenger has said himself ‘These policies are not good for America’. So, he’s doing something (the playbook of the Right). That’s you all rightwingers’ hate him so much.

OK, Sport, let’s get something straight: When you choose to use inflammatory, virulent and accusatory language in you insipid remarks, you’s best know you walk a thin line.

You have many ways to disagree with others (e.g., the “rightwingers” as you say) without resorting to language that is patently false. While I and several others strongly disagree with Barack Hussein bin Obama and his Leftist Socialist Party, we do not–and i repeat — DO NOT Hate him or you on the left. You cannot give me one example in any writings on the right or any of the handful of papers on the right, nor any of our bloggers that have ever said they HATE bin Obama or you Lefties.
You, dear fellow (or gal) need to go hide you shameful face for spreading malicious lies.

And, burt..you are a simpleton and pathetic hunk of protoplasmic matter.

LMAO

August 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

td of all people you should know better. POTUS doesn’t control gas prices. Corporations have being sandbagging the economy the moment they realized President Obama was going to beat Senator McCain. Big business is sitting on it’s hands. Profits are going through the roof – look at the DOW 30.
It continues today with the millionaires and billionaires trying to buy this election. You guys are a special bunch. Truth be damned if we don’t have our way. History will not be kind to you nor God.

td

August 27th, 2012
12:20 pm

Going Right

August 27th, 2012
12:15 pm

Hate is real close for me because I Hate communism and communist. Obama is a true believing Marxist and is attempting to lead us down that path incrementally so hate is not far off my feelings about him. Not there yet but I am getting real close.

cc

August 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

Going Right:

“OK, Sport, let’s get something straight: When you choose to use . . . ”

I admire your attempt and your words are true. Always remember, a radio must have a transmitter AND a receiver. If the receiver doesn’t work, further transmissions are fruitless.

cc

August 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

LMAO:

“History will not be kind to you nor God.”

What a sanctimonious pile of horse poop . . .

WOW

August 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

DO NOT Hate him or you on the left. You cannot give me one example in any writings on the right or any of the handful of papers on the right, nor any of our bloggers that have ever said they HATE bin Obama or you Lefties.

Really?? As you call him bin Laden in your post? There has NEVER been a President exposed to the level of hatred that this one has. His citizenship challenged, the constant racial jokes, “you lie’ from a sitting congressman. And I did all that without counting what your entertainers (Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Coulter) call him constantly.

Thankfully most of us don’t care what you think of us, we don’t hate back, just point out hypocrisy at its best.

DJ Sniper

August 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

It’s obvious that cc depends on usual talking points to get his point across. His comment about “the Kenyan” clearly tells your where his head is at.

TD, you’re off base as usual. First off, the POTUS, no matter who he/she is, has nothing to do with gas prices. As much as I hated W, I had to remind people of that. There’s quite a bit of documentation out there that shows that oil speculators are a major cause of rising prices. Second, there’s this thing called a drought that’s causing food prices to rise all over. Something else that POTUS has no control over.

td

August 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

DJ Sniper

August 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

Kind of like Katrinia was all Bush’s fault?

DJ Sniper

August 27th, 2012
12:38 pm

Also, this country is NOT headed towards socialim, Marxism, or any other ism that those fools in the GOP claim.

Algeria Touchshriek

August 27th, 2012
12:38 pm

The Republican shills may claim that the Crist endorsement is “nothing,” but the fact is that he is more popular among Florida independents than Rick Scott, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney.

This is not good news for the Romney camp.

DJ Sniper

August 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

People didn’t blame Bush for the hurricane itself. They were pissed at how long it took for people to be rescued and the overall response time in general. As far as blaming presidents for hurricanes, check out the foolishness that your boy Rush Limbaugh spewed last week regarding Hurricane Issac and President Obama.

DannyX

August 27th, 2012
12:42 pm

“And, burt..you are a simpleton and pathetic hunk of protoplasmic matter.”

Burt, that was meant in a loving, non hateful way.