"Platitudes are not enough, Charlie"
Longtime Hillsborough GOP power broker (and former Tom Gallagher supporter) Sam Rashid had a blistering op-ed piece on Charlie Crist in the SPT:
"...As nice as Charlie is, those of us who know him best know he is a political opportunist. Charlie has a knack for being all things to all people. Core values? Forget it. The business of running the state? Nope, not for him. Sound bites, photo opportunities, platitudes and national press -- that's Charlie.
"As a result, he's liked by just about everyone. Heck, why wouldn't you like Charlie? He agrees with everything you do -- and, remember, he's your friend. And you know, he does have a 70 percent approval rating in our state. But the problem with being liked by everybody is that one day you may have to make a decision that may upset somebody. When that day comes, you find out quite quickly the love wasn't quite as deep as you thought.
"In my opinion, Charlie's just not interested in managing the day-to-day mundane process of running a state because he has bigger fish to fry -- a place on a national presidential ticket one day."