Live-Blogging Crist's Independence Day
Sorry, that's the best we could do for a dramatic video lead-in on such short notice. Anyway, Charlie Crist's about ready to step to the mic and make it official. Follow us after the jump for the MSNBC feed and commentary.
5:59 God bless everything. That's a wrap. Charlie's gotta go crowd-surfing.
5:56 "I could have stayed in the primary, but frankly, that's your decision." Can't argue with that. Primary voters who were polled clearly said, "Get out of the primary." But I don't think they said to get into the general election.
5:55 "For me it's never been about doing what's easy. It's about what's doing right for the people first." I'll just leave that one alone.
5:53 Oh, you see it's the nation's fault and Florida's fault that a tan, refined gentleman like Charlie Crist must run for Senate as an independent. It's not that Crist's run a crap campaign. Remember this.
5:52 He thanked God first. Take that you dirty atheists.
5:51 Crist played QB on an awfully shitty football team. He's touchy about that.
5:50 "He has represented us well in this state." That line aroused a golf clap.
5:48 Was that a heckler? What did he say? Sounded like "Crist-mas toast"? Tea partier, I'll wager.
5:47 "Charlie you make every attempt you can to please everyone you can." This is true. It's also impossible and a fatal flaw for a politician.
5:46 Who's this? A registered Democrat? He likes Crist because of the hugs. So does Obama!
5:44 There he is! Oh, the glamor of it all!
5:42 Jesus. I've been to wakes that have more life than this. He's in his hometown of St. Pete and the Crist campaign can't do better than 50 people?
5:40 Anytime a flak has to come up and ask the crowd, "Can we have some Charlie Crist chants?" Well, that's a sign maybe you've got an enthusiasm shortage.
5:38 OK, so the Charlie Crist campaign revival is playing Queen? Really? Who forgot to tell Crist that Freddie Mercury was gay?
5:35 And still waiting. I guess the only real suspense is whether Crist will queue up some Journey to kick off his campaign. It's good luck, judging by the way it worked for Ted Deutch.
5:31 We're waiting... Killing time with Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. Pretty sure The Boss isn't a Crist voter, though he's eligible to vote in Wellington.