The White House didn't do its erstwhile stimulus ally Charlie Crist much good on Thursday.

Asked about Crist's contention that he never endorsed the stimulus bill, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Crist was behind the package.

"I think his words at that event speak for themselves," Gibbs said. "I think he was very supportive of the legislation and supportive of the benefits it would have and has had for the state of Florida."

One has to wonder how anxious centrist Republicans will be to get behind Democratic initiatives now that the White House has thrown one of few GOP stimulus allies under the bus.

Marco Rubio, the Club for Growth and the White House have now all spoken out against Crist's claim, which appears to be dishonest hair-splitting at best.

(Gibbs comment courtesy Sam Youngman)