What Charlie Crist understands and the photo demonstrates is that Obama — a month in — is far from weakened, far from damaged.
So yes, in the context of the echo chamber and the striking Repugs on The Hill, one might consider it a “brave move” by the Florida Gov to “break rank” and appear with the President. Minus the spin, however, what the photo suggests is: 1.) Public sentiment (especially the way space is apportioned here) accounts for a lot more than the politicians — or the talking heads. 2.) If you’re not willing to deal with the White House in good faith, you’re out of the picture. 3.) If you are willing to deal, check your ego — since you’re likely good for the background.
(image: Alan Diaz/AP. caption: President Barack Obama. left, and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist are greeted by participants at a town hall meeting to discuss the economy, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Harborside Events Center in Fort Myers, Fla.)