Poor Charlie. Seeing him try to play the regular guy card against Rubio is, well, painful to wax, er, watch.
During an interview with Greta Van Susteren, Crist accused Rubio of charging a "$130 haircut -- or maybe it was a back wax. We are not sure what all he got at that place " to a party credit card. The weird thing is that Crist then pretended not to know about such things. "I get my haircut for $11 from a guy named Carl the Barber in St. Petersburg, Fla., where I grew up. And to me that's real fiscal conservatism."
To some folks, fiscal conservatism is not snuffling up to the federal trough, embracing and defending an $800 billion stimulus bill on the grounds that Charlie claimed: It "created or saved 87,000 jobs."
With $5 million in the bank and down 2-1, expect a torrent of attack ads from Crist, who while promising not to go negative, has already called Rubio "the greatest fraud perpetrated" for charging a $130 haircut and for having accumulated so little wealth in his short life. (A young married man with four kids, until recently an elected state politician -- Rubio must be an honest man to have so little in the bank right now, I suspect most voters will think).
I don't know what dirt he has on Rubio -- or thinks he has -- but, Charlie, I'm telling you: Don't kill our dream. The political blood on the floor will be yours.
(Maggie Gallagher is president of the National Organization for Marriage and has been a syndicated columnist for 14 years.)
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.
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