How do you get ambushed by Charlie Crist?
That’s what happened today in Palm Beach, where Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and his boss’s likely future opponent crossed paths, in what is the most interesting video clip of the year.
Have a look.
A George Costanza moment, where the Lt. Guv has a 100 things he’d say if that whole 30 seconds played all over again. Instead, he got owned in the most polite way, I’ve ever seen anyone get owned in front of a platoon of press.
So what should he have done?
He should have momentarily excused himself from the media, shook his hand and said “Good afternoon Governor, I’m describing to our friends here, how you abandoned the state to run for Senate and will say anything to get elected again”. You have these things planned out.
Instead, Crist told Lopez-Cantera who he would debate and challenged Rick Scott before gliding away, leaving the Lt. Gov with nothing to do but grin.
Is it a big deal. Of course not. But there is a lesson fighters always teach. Always talk about an opponent like he’s standing right next to you. Because one day, he will be.