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Washingtonology*: slash-seekers?

So after Republican Charles Crist of Florida hugged Obama last year and his Republican opponents for the senate seat used footage of him to attack his Con[servative] cred and so The Caucus, NYT’s blog on beltway politics, wrote an entry on this apparent signal of Crist’s attempt to back away from another disaster.

Perhaps this all just seems so insignificant because I lack the attention span to follow the minutiae of politics closely, and I acknowledge that like 13-member Korean boy bands, this can be a way to branch out and reach more specific audiences. My issue here lies with the writing: (emphasis is all mine)

“MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – This time, a handshake replaced the hug.

When President Obama walked down the steps of Air Force One here today, Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida was waiting on the tarmac to greet him. But on this visit, Mr. Crist did not embrace the president, perhaps in the hopes of avoiding a scene like the one that has haunted him for months in his bid to win the Republican Senate primary.

But is a long, lingering handshake any different than a hug?

For about 27 seconds, the president tightly gripped the governor’s hand and clutched his arm. They exchanged pleasantries and a bit of conversation. Then, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. gathered close for a tight photo of the three.”

Making water from a stone, eh? Kind of reminds you of those “inappropriate handshakes” between Kerry and Edwards. Or maybe that was just internet fangirls. I suppose they write for the NYT now.

*I realize Washingtonology might not be an extremely precise term but you get the gist

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