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The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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Praise for The Party's Over:
“The Party’s Over is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the man who was — and could again be — the governor of the nation’s most-important political swing state.”—The Miami Herald
“Juicy stuff”—Miami New Times
Praise for Charlie Crist:
“The president has a very high regard for Governor Crist. He made a really courageous decision back in 2009. . . .”
“Crist has the admiration—and appreciation—of a White House that considered his 2012 endorsement key.”
“He’s an incredibly capable leader. . . . Everybody knows he was a great governor, led Florida with tremendous vision, and is focused on jobs and job creation.”
—Peter Shumlin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association
About the Author
CHARLIE CRIST is the former Republican governor of Florida. After running for the U.S. Senate as an Independent in 2010, he began working with the Democratic Party. In 2012 he became a member. He lives with his wife in St. Petersburg.
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Surprisingly, he does make one true statement, coming right out and saying that after he was rejected by several law schools, his father made a personal pitch for him and got him into a third-rate school, where he was a third-rate student and finally passed the Florida Bar Exam on his third attempt. Then he compares himself with John Kennedy, Jr., "who needed three tries too"--a real humble comparison on the part of Crist, don't you think?
He makes himself out to be a poor little rich kid (the family boat was "only" a seventeen-foot Glasspar with a 75-horsepower Johnson outboard). Well, I guess compared to the huge yachts that dot Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, he was underprivileged. Apparently, Crist doesn't appreciate the advantages that his family conferred upon him.
And the way he talks, he was a real ladies' man (during high school, "being quarterback didn't hurt my dating opportunities"). Married at age 21 on what he describes as a whim, the union was quickly dissolved (a recommendation that his father made--hmm--Crist couldn't make that decision on his own?). The reason Crist gives for his first divorce is that he and his wife couldn't agree on which toothpaste to buy. Does Crist really expect his readers to believe something like that?
He adds, "the marriage made me a believer in living together before marriage" (NOTE TO CRIST: study after study shows that people who live together before they get married are actually MORE likely to divorce than people who don't).
Then he dedicates the book to his second wife: "the love and light of my life, who knows me better than anyone and completed me as a man." I think he means that she completed him as a candidate because it's largely believed that he married her to increase his chances to be chosen as John McCain's presidential running mate (a ploy that failed). In fact, he is now divorced from his second wife, too.
I liked Charlie Crist more BEFORE I started the book than after, and I'll finish it only because I was a St. Petersburg resident for eight years, and I can relate to many of the references that he makes to the city itself (even though I didn't run in the same high circles as he did--and does).
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