Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

“Charlie, do we really know you?”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  From Michael Putney:

All this hyper-Crist exposure has me asking: Is Charlie the genuinely concerned Republican moderate/populist he professes to be (“I work for the people, they’re my boss”)? Or is he a slightly ditzy, disconnected lightweight who has succeeded on the strength of great political instincts, an appealing personality and a Clintonesque (Bill, not Hillary) talent for making you feel like you’re the most important person in the room for however long you’re with him?

He is extremely likable. Heck, I like the guy. But likability is only one small component of leadership — and not an essential one. Some leaders — Jeb Bush, to name one — don’t give a hoot whether they’re liked or not. They’d rather be respected or, better yet, feared. Nobody, I suspect, fears Charlie Crist. 


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