…(drum roll)…Mitt Romney.
Admittedly, this is a lukewarm endorsement. I wish there was a candidate that had the “Wow!” factor that W gave me in 2000 and that ObaMao gave the left four years ago. But there isn’t. There are candidates I would have liked to have seen jump in or, in the case of Tim Pawlenty, stick around.
But here’s the thing: This country may not survive another Barack The Terrible reign of economic and freedom terror. And I’m afraid that Romney is the only guy in the race capable of ending it. I do believe he has enough appeal to the independents, and that the conservatives won’t sit at home like they did when Juan McAmnesty ran in 2008 on account of recognition of how high the stakes are, that Romney can pull it off.
Do I have concerns about Romney? Sure. The same flip-flopping we skewered Kerry over in 2004 is, I think, fair game this time around. The ignorant masses probably won’t recognize that Bain Capital has a good, not bad, role. That said, though, I think that people who may not have strong leanings one way or the other will be less put off by Romney than by Newt, Santorum, or Paul.
I recognize the need for a solid conservative. But I think that Romney is more conservative than he’s given credit for. However, it’s beyond dispute that he’d govern far more conservatively than Chairman Zero. You factor in a Republican House and a soon-to-be-Republican Senate, and I think he’ll probably rubber stamp any conservative legislation that lands on his desk.
Newt’s a brilliant speaker and a phenomenal debater. But people just don’t like him. And as sad as it is to say, our elections are largely a popularity contest, whether we like it or not. It is for these reasons that I’m voting for Romney tomorrow in the Florida primary. Your mileage may vary.
While Debbie What’s-her-name Schmuck is trying to polish a turd, other Dems are much more realistic than she is. From Politico:
Obama looms large in every calculus for House control. Buffeted by sinking approval ratings that recently hit sub-40 percent lows, Democrats privately express worry about running on a ticket with his name at the top.
“It didn’t have to be this way,” said another House Democrat who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly. “Obama’s presidency has fizzled. It’s going to be every person for himself in 2012. There just won’t be any coattails, and any effect he does have on the ballot will hurt us.”
“It’s hard because we’re inherently linked to the president and his number,” said a top Democratic operative close to party leadership. “It’s got us all pessimistic.”
Let’s see: B.O. is way upside-down in FL (sucks for Obama’s lap dog, too, in Sen. Bill Nelson). A Dem poll shows 60 battleground districts all trending Republican, more so than in other elections (including last year’s bloodbath). ObaMao’s stewardship of the economy has us longing for the Bush economy that supposedly sucked. So yeah, I’d say that the pessimism is warranted.
I tend to dismiss race-hustling poverty prostitutes like Fredrica Wilson (D-FL gerrymandered district). But this one’s a hoot:
“Let us all remember who the real enemy is. The real enemy is the Tea Party — the Tea Party holds the Congress hostage. They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) said at a Miami town hall with constituents.
Yep, when she’s not busy blaming the current level of black unemployment on racism, she likes to pass her time uncovering America’s “real enemy”. The enemy is not a socialist, anti-American president who has done his level best to destroy our economy and crush the employment prospects of the very people for whom she purports to stand. The enemy is not bloodthirsty camel-humping jihadists trying to attack us again like they did a decade ago (sidebar: for those of you on the left, feel free to Google “9-11-2001″ if that doesn’t ring a bell).
No, indeed. The “real enemy” is a group of American citizens who believe that the federal government ought to live within its means just like every American family (nay, every family on God’s green Earth) must do. The “real enemy” is a group of American citizens who have the gall to be loyal to the same Constitution that Congresscreeps like Wilson have sworn to uphold and defend. The “real enemy” is a group of American citizens who actually don’t want their kids and grandkids to inherit a nation that is substantially weaker and bleaker than the one we’ve grown to know and love since its inception. These cretins, of course, are the “real enemy”.
Remember when Chairman Zero said to Latinos that they need to “punish our enemies”? That may be one point on which he and I agree. Vermin like ObaMao and his minions like Wilson must be punished at the ballot box by Normal America, and relegated to the dustbin of history when it comes to their policies. They have inflicted enough damage to the country I love, and they must be stopped before they achieve their goal: permanent American irrelevance.
Does anyone have the heart to tell her that The Village People are not holding auditions? Or maybe she’s attending a memorial to the late Macho Man Randy Savage of which I’m not aware?
There are bad analogies, and then there are really bad analogies.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson used the years-long covert operation that culminated last night in the death of the country’s No. 1 enemy to slam a GOP-backed elections overhaul the Senate is slated to vote on today.
“We have cut off the head of the snake,” said Nelson, joined in the Capitol by a host of fellow Democrats, voters rights groups and civil rights advocates at a previously-scheduled press conference about the elections package.
After congratulating President Barack Obama and the White House administration for killing Osama bin Laden (Obama killed Osama? Huh. I thought it was the Navy SEALs. Who knew, right? – CL) , Nelson paralleled the fight for democracy overseas to Democrats’ fight against the elections package.
“Now in an effort of 10 years, ever since Sept. 11, 2001, protecting our democracy, protecting us from those that would do harm and who provide this protection because our democracy is unique, we find ourselves gathered in our Capitol city of this state again here to protect our democracy,” he said. “Now we are here for another reason of protecting our democracy and that is to keep the right to vote. Don’t make it harder to vote. Don’t make it harder to register to vote and don’t make it harder to try to count your vote. And that’s what we have in front of the legislature right now.”
Among the most contentious components of the bills are rigorous new standards on third-party voter registration groups that helped drive Democratic turnout in 2008. (In other words, Dems are fighing for ACORN’s efforts to continue the vote fraud on Dems’ behalf for which ACORN is well-known. – CL)
Godwin just called to say “Well played, Senator Nelson!”
This buttclown is up for re-election next year. You can rest assured I will do my part to end this jackwagon’s career.
The left is squealing like a pig over this. Excerpt:
In a blow to public employee unions, the Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill Friday that would ban payroll deductions of dues and require labor organizations to get individual members’ OK before using their payments for political purposes.
What?!? You mean that unions won’t be able to use members’ money for political purposes without their consent anymore? Why, that’s outrageous! Surely the Constitution states somewhere that unions should be allowed to take a Christian member’s dues and fund pro-abortion candidates.
Republicans insisted in floor debate that the bill’s intent is not to harm unions but to empower public employees by giving them more control over how their dues are spent and to separate government from politics.
“We don’t need to be involved in the collections of union dues, which then can be used for partisan political activity,” said Rep. Chris Dorworth, a Lake Mary Republican who sponsored the bill. “It affords members of labor unions the right to determine whether or not they want to be part of the political agenda of the union.”
As of today, a union (such as the Florida Education Association, the state version of the NEA teachers union) can use the dues of a conservative member to bankroll the campaign of a leftwing nutjob, against the will of the conservative member. The proposed House bill will end that practice.
Apparently, the talking points memo has been circulated (note the phraseology of the statements):
“The lawmakers who voted for this bill have signaled their desire to use the power of government to single out and attack the hard-working men and women who serve Florida in public employment,” said Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union. “It’s simply un-American.”
“This isn’t just about elections,” Templin added. “This is about keeping working people out of the (legislative) process because if there’s not a strong organization with the resources necessary, the Chamber of Commerce and the other special-interest groups are the only ones here.”
“Please don’t put lipstick on this elephant,” said Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa. “This bill is about one thing. It’s about silencing the voices of working men and women.”
How quaint: “working”. Because apparently, the only “workers” in the state are union members, right? No one else “works” in the state of FL, do they?
Sweet mother of mercy, please let this be a cruel joke. Excerpt:
Republicans in Washington are trying to recruit Joe Scarborough to run against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next year.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told The Hill on Thursday that he has talked to Scarborough a couple times about a Senate bid. And he indicated he’s still working on persuading the MSNBC host to run for the upper chamber.
Scarborough is a RINO, period. Do you honestly think he would have a show in front of both of MSDNC’s viewers if he were a staunch conservative?
Cornyn recruited Charlie Crist in 2009 to run for Mel Martinez’ seat, and heartily endorsed him very early. Crist ended up bolting the party and running as independent, getting crushed by Rubio. Cornyn also strongly endorsed Arlen
Sphincter Specter in his bid to keep his PA Senate seat, and like Crist, Specter left the GOP and became a Democrat.
Cornyn has a “reverse Midas touch”, in that everything he touches turns to crap. He needs to stay the h3ll out of my state, and other states, too. The less involved Cornyn is in our Senate race, the better the chances we have to boot Obama’s lap dog Bill Nelson.
I’m pretty sure he said that. Or something like that. I’m paraphrasing, natch. Details:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday became the third newly elected Republican governor to reject the Obama administration’s $53 billion plan to build a nationwide high-speed rail network.
In declining more than $2 billion in federal funds for the proposed Orlando-to-Tampa line, Scott said federal government’s ridership and revenue estimates are too optimistic, meaning that Florida taxpayers would have to subsidize the line. He also suggested that cost overruns could leave Florida taxpayers having to foot a $3 billion bill.
“The truth is that this project would be far too costly to taxpayers, and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits,” Scott said.
Kudos to Governor Scott for not being swayed by the lure of “free” federal money, which as he observes, only puts us Floridians on the hook if there are tax overruns. I know, I know, since when has the federal government totally blown it on guesstimations of costs? Oh, I dunno…
At its start, in 1966, Medicare cost $3 billion. The House Ways and Means Committee estimated that Medicare would cost only about $ 12 billion by 1990 (a figure that included an allowance for inflation). This was a supposedly “conservative” estimate. But in 1990 Medicare actually cost $107 billion.
I’m in the only one that doesn’t: Florida. Even friggin’ Hawaii has snow.
Al Gore was unavailable for comment.
CNN host: That felon who shouldn’t have had a gun in the FL school board shooting would have been stopped if we had stronger gun control laws
Let that bit of idiocy sink in as you watch the video clip with former
john governor Eliot Spitzer advocating stronger gun control laws.
Aaron Worthing makes the logical conclusion that is lost (perhaps willfully so) on the left:
The fact is this guy was not supposed to have a gun in the first place. He was a convicted felon. The synopsis of that previous crime was this:
In October 1999, Duke threatened to kill a Florida woman, and when she attempted to flee, he used a handgun to “shoot out the victim’s rear tire of the vehicle that she was operating.”
Duke, wearing a bulletproof vest, told the woman he had “been watching her for the past six months and was planning to kill her, several other people, then himself,” according to probation officers.
And like in most states, Florida tells felons they may not possess firearms. But still, he had one. Because that is what criminals do: they don’t obey the law. Indeed, the notion that a man would decide to commit a murder-suicide would then be deterred by a law telling him he isn’t supposed to own a gun is self-evidently silly.
Only a liberal would conclude that a man intent on breaking the law when it comes to shooting people would somehow be dissuaded from obtaining a gun if only it were illegal…which it already is…so I guess it should be “more illegal“?
Not that I have a problem with that, mind you. After all, it was two years ago when that jackwagon Alan Grayson fluked out a win in FL-8, and his jackassery made him an immediate target. Several other low-hanging fruit were high on our hit list, too.
Here’s what I find funny, though:
It’s a similar story in Florida, where Democrats say GOP Rep.-elect Allen West (a black retired Marine – CL), an outspoken tea party favorite who defeated Democratic Rep. Ron Klein, presents an enticing target. The Florida Republican stumbled earlier last month when he named a local conservative radio host who had been supportive of his campaign to serve as chief of staff — a move West later backtracked on after he came under criticism.
“As it stands now, he’s certainly a focus,” said Brian Smoot, a former DCCC political director who ran Klein’s 2006 race for the Democratic-leaning South Beach-area seat. “Even if the district is drawn differently, I think West will have a difficult time.”
1. Considering that Republicans control both chambers of the FL legislature, plus they own the governorship, it’s clear they will redraw districts in such a way as to favor West (despite the two new redistricting amendments that passed last month).
2. Why do Democrats hate black people? (Two can play that game, huh? )
(Sorry for the delay, but I was wiped yesterday!)
Gloat away, friends!
Memo to President Oprompter, who now all of a sudden wants to “work together”: We won.
Drew has a great post on why slaying a RINO in DE turned out to be a bad idea. It’s not just “hindsight is 20/20″, but I’d say my foresight was pretty friggin’ awesome, too:
Look at how voters identified themselves by ideology…23% liberal, 66% moderate, 17% conservative. Coons cleaned up with liberals and moderates winning those groups 88 and 66 percent respectively. Do you really think those two groups were simply waiting for the ok from Karl Rove and John Cornyn to vote for O’Donnell?
Karl Rove and NRSC had nothing to do with O’Donnell’s defeat. In fact, as bad of a candidate as I think O’Donnell is, she had little to do with her defeat. It’s a deeply blue state that actually likes liberals. We had a chance to get a moderate-liberal Republican and passed on it. To me, that was tactically stupid. Yes, Castle would have been a pain in the ass but not as big a one when there were 47 or 48 Republicans in the House. The power of the moderates is when they are all the deciding vote, add a cushion and they are manageable. Personally, I would have like to have had another no vote on HCR in the Senate but others didn’t think that was important enough.
I seemed to recall mentioning that DE was a blue state. Numerous times.
Rasmussen has always been a great pollster, and remarkably accurate. But this election cycle, his polls were off. He overestimated conservative performance in a number of races. That allowed us to get our hopes up in places like NV and CO, where we thought our candidate was actually going to win.
A bunch of Democrat House bullies got their butts handed to them this week: Alan Grayson in FL, Ciro Rodriguez in TX (here and here), Baron Hill in IN (here), and Bob Etheridge in NC, just to name a few. Well, Etheridge (the guy who assaulted the college kid with the camera, “Hooer you?”) is losing to Renee Ellmers by 1646 votes, and after “refined” vote totals netted him an additional 453 votes, the “refined” vote total just so happens (conveniently) to now be below 1%, which triggers a recount. Funny how that happens with Democrats all the time, huh?
Point to ponder: Does Phil Hare (D-IL) care about the Constitution now?
This election showed that with the re-election of Corrine Brown (FL) and Barney Frank (MA), among several others like them, there are indeed some unwinnable seats. Mike Yost and Sean Bielat were, respectively, great candidates, and they both lost badly. So let’s please resign ourselves to the reality that there are some seats that will be hopelessly blue in perpetuity. For conservatives who live in those districts: move.
I wanted Reid’s scalp in the worst way. But leave it to the Tea Party and Sarah Palin to screw that up for me, as they decided to back the one person in the whole friggin’ state who couldn’t beat Harry Reid 5-to-1. While the Tea Party did have some success (Rob Portman in OH, Marco Rubio in FL, and Rand Paul in KY, among the notables), they did a horrendous job at vetting and backing other candidates (Buck in CO, Angle in NV, and O’Donnell in DE). While I love how the Tea Party invigorated American consciousness and ignited conservative turnout, I’d prefer they stay out of the business of endorsing candidates, as their track record is inconsistent. We would have had CO (Jane Norton), NV (Sue Lowden or Danny Tarkanian), and DE (Mike Castle) had Palin and the TP’ers stayed out of endorsing. I know many of you may disagree, and that’s cool, but I’m convinced that CO, NV, and DE would have been ours, period.
In his victory speech, Marco Rubio was right: the public didn’t vote for the GOP. They voted for an obstacle to Obamunism. The GOP now has a second chance. Don’t blow it, guys.
Had Charlie Crist taken his GOP primary beating like a man, then warmly endorsed and campaigned for Marco Rubio in the general election, then Crist would have been in a perfect position to destroy Bill Nelson in 2012. Nelson is as unpopular in FL as Reid is in NV, and unless the GOP produces a quality opponent (and please stay the hell away from FL during our primary in two years, Mrs. Palin!), a bad Nelson will be re-elected just as a bad Reid was. Crist could have been that guy to derail Nelson. Instead, his ego and his blind ambition caused him to commit career suicide. In one year, Crist went from Top Dog to In The Doghouse.
For you “Blue Dogs” who sided with Obama all the time: Now that you’re unemployed, was it worth it?
Russ Feingold lost in WI. I’m still trying to absorb that. The same state that voted for Michael Dukakis in 1988 actually voted for a conservative Republican to the U.S. Senate. Dude.
We didn’t get the Senate this time. But with a bunch of freshmen and/or red state Dems up for re-election in 2012, and since we’re only about 3-4 away from a majority, the odds are good we’ll prevail in 2012, irrespective of the outcome of the presidential election.
President Kick#ss isn’t convinced that the election was a referendum on him. Hmmm. A bunch of Dems representing districts (federal and 680 state) that haven’t been red in decades (and some since Reconstruction) got bounced. The same districts have been through awful economic times, yet they kept sending back Dems. But now, these once-blue districts are red. And it has nothing to do with Obama? Hey, whatever sweetens your dreams, Champ.
Updates will be flowing throughout the evening. I’ll probably hit the hay around midnight or so, since those crazy people that sign my paychecks expect me to show up tomorrow and do stuff. Crazy b#st#rds! (For those of you on the left, google “paycheck” if the term confuses you.)
UPDATE 7:45 PM EST: Rand Paul wins KY Senate race over Jack Conway. Aqua Buddha hardest hit. Also, Rob Portman wins OH Senate seat vacated by RINO George Voinovich by beating Lee Fisher (D). Pickup news: Dan Coats beats liberal Brad Ellsworth for Evan Bayh’s vacated IN Senate seat. +1 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 8:00PM EST: The AP is calling the FL Senate race for Marco Rubio! Most elections, I vote against someone, but with Rubio, I enthusiastically voted for him. Two man-crushes now: Rubio and Chris Christie (I still like women, though!). Governor Citrus’ pathetic career comes to a bitter end, though I’m sure Willy Wonka will put him back to work in the chocolate factory.
UPDATE 8:10 PM EST: The left had hoped to pick up Senate seats in NH and MO (in addition to OH, mentioned above), but it didn’t happen. Republicans Ayotte in NH and Blunt in MO hold serve. #sshat Alan Grayson is getting pounded early in FL, which means he’s probably got MSNBC on speed dial and has an itchy dialing finger.
Also, Palin’s gal Christine O’Donnell got creamed by the Bearded Marxist in DE (enjoy Mike Castle’s RINO scalp!). It didn’t have to be that way, people.
UPDATE 8:30 PM EST: Blanche Lincoln gets blasted by John Boozman. Hey, Blanche, how’d that ObamaCare vote work out for you? You’re welcome, Kevin. +2 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 8:32 PM EST: Other “Blue Dogs” have fallen. Suzanne Kosmas traded her vote on ObamaCare for some NASA pork, but she’s done. VA’s Tom Perriello won narrowly in a reddish district in ’08, but his Lap Dog votes on ObamaCare, cap and tax, and Porkulus cost him this seat. His fellow VA Dem Rick Boucher just lost, as did Glenn Nye.
UPDATE 9:35 PM EST: Another FL Democrat falls: Allen Boyd in FL-2, in the Panhandle. Hard to be a “Blue Dog” when you’re adding ObamaCare’s trillions in debt, huh? Anywho, Barney Frank wins, and we have a Senate pickup in ND, as John Hoeven takes Byron Dorgan’s old seat. +3 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 10:20 PM EST: FL governor’s race still up in the air. Scott (R) up by 4% with about 75% of the votes in (and Democrat-heavy south FL isn’t finished), nowhere near ready to be called. NM will elect a Republican Latina governor. Also, the Senate is off the table, but the House is ours, baby! Chris Matthews’ leg hardest hit.
Olbermann has a hard time finding black people at Tea Party rallies, so perhaps he’ll have an easier time finding Tim Scott, the newly elected black Republican Congressman from SC-1. He’ll be in the Capitol, douche.
If retired Marine Allen West (no relation to Batman) beats Ron Klein in FL-22, that will be two black Republicans in the House. If Ryan Frazier comes from behind to win in CO-7, that would be three black Republicans. If those two men lose, can we ask why Democrats hate black people?
UPDATE 10:40 PM EST: McCain’s buddy Russ Feingold (D-WI) falls to businessman Ron Johnson. +4 GOP pickup.
Also, SC elects Palin’s gal Nikki Haley as governor. Haley endured mudslinging, especially unfounded rumors of an affair (and if you saw the dude who accused her of sleeping with him, you’d know it was a lie, as the guy was uglier than Helen Thomas chasing a parked car…and catching it.)
Stupak mortgaged his career for ObamaCare, and his seat just went to Republican Dan Banishek.
UPDATE 11:00 PM EST: Remember this guy? Phil Hare (D-IL), who said he didn’t care about the Constitution and that the deficit was a “myth”? Yeah, well now his career his a myth, as he just fell.
Still waiting on FL governor. 83% in, Scott up by 3% with South FL coming in.
UPDATE 11:40 PM EST: AP calls it for Pat Toomey. +5 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 11:59 PM EST: FL governor’s race still not decided. 91% of the votes in, Scott up by 2%, not done yet.
AP calls IL Senate for Mark Kirk. Obama’s old seat, in Republican hands! +6 GOP pickup.
Allen West did defeat Ron Klein in FL-22. Predicted MSM headline: Two black Republicans going to Congress, blacks hardest hit.
Votes out west being counted, but Californiastan votes for that senile relic Jerry Brown for governor, as well as Senator Ma’am, thus proving that they have no interest in resolving their economic despair anytime soon. Don’t know any more, I’m off to bed.
UPDATE 09:39 AM EST: FL governor’s race still not decided. 99% of the precincts are in, with Republican Rick Scott clinging to a 1% 53,000 vote lead, and about 66 precincts in heavily Democrat Palm Beach County remaining. If Scott’s lead holds and stays above 27,000, he avoids the state-mandated automatic recount. However, since Sink is married to ambulance chaser Bill McBride (recipient of Jeb Bush’s buttkicking in 2002), I wouldn’t be shocked if her side sues in the event of a loss.
UPDATE 10:49 AM EST: The FL governor’s race appears to be over. Alex Sink just conceded to Republican Rick Scott. It was very close, but in the end, the votes just weren’t there. And while that inconvenience doesn’t always stop Dems from finding/creating more, I guess Sink concluded that Scott’s win was outside the margin of fraud.
Also, don’t look now, but the nepot from AK (Princess Murkowski) looks like she just might pull off her write-in bid to get back to DC. Absentee ballots and overseas ballots have to be counted, and they did swing the 2008 Senate election to Democrat Mark Begich, so anything’s possible, I guess. But it’s not looking good for Republican Joe Miller.
Why, it seems like just last week that Governor Citrus Skin said he would “caucus with the people” of Florida if were to win the Senate race! Hmmm? It was just last week? Oh. Thought it was pretty recent.
Anywho, his song is changing…again:
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist would caucus with Senate Democrats if he wins Florida’s three-way U.S. Senate contest on Tuesday, a close advisor told Washington Wire Friday.
That’s a big “if.” Mr. Crist is trailing Republican candidate Marco Rubio in most polls. But the declaration by Florida trial lawyer John Morgan sheds light on one of the many mysteries in the Bill Clinton-Charlie Crist-Kendrick Meek imbroglio.
“Crist is going to caucus with the Democrats,” Mr. Morgan said. “I don’t think there’s any ifs, ands or buts about it. It would be, in a very tight year, almost like a Democratic pickup in a solid Republican state.”
Mr. Morgan says the question of whether Mr. Crist would side with Democrats had nothing to do with any purported deal under which Mr. Meek would quit the race.
Crist spokesman Danny Kanner has denied that Mr. Crist had agreed to caucus with Senate Democrats as part of any deal with Mr. Clinton or Mr. Meek.
A person close to Mr. Clinton and familiar with the discussions tells Washington Wire that, yes, Mr. Crist had agreed to caucus with Senate Democrats if Mr. Meek bowed out of the race.
“I’m a Republican until the end! OK, I’m not a Republican, but I’m a true indepedent who will caucus with the people of Florida. OK, I’m a Democrat-wannabe and I’m in dire need of a lifeline before I’m retired to private life. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllppppp!”
Crist has been putting out rumors of Meek quitting, though details are still (as of this moment) somewhat sketchy as to whether Meek was asked to drop out and endorse Crist. Crist is lobbing a Hail Mary, since if he goes down in flames (and a 20% deficit is rather large to overcome, no?), his electoral career comes to a pathetic yet well-earned end.
Democrats? Cheating? The heck you say! Details:
The two hopefuls for Florida governor spent their last audition before a statewide television audience Monday night trading attacks over each other’s ethics, truthfulness and qualifications for the state’s most powerful public post.
Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink saved their harshest and most argumentative debate performance for the primetime debate held at the University of South Florida and broadcast nationwide on CNN.
At one point in the debate, he accused Sink of breaking the rules by getting text advice from her campaign on her iPhone during a commercial break.
He didn’t “accuse her”…he proved it! Video here.
While this only warranted a fleeting, brief mention by the Orlando Slant-inel, other more reputable news sources were on the story. OK, so it was CNN and not a “more reputable” outlet, but I digress:
Alex Sink’s campaign violated rules Monday evening at the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Florida gubernatorial debate when her make-up artist delivered a message during a television break.
Sink, the Democratic nominee, was shown a two-sentence message on a cell phone that offered her advice during the debate. Republican nominee Rick Scott who was sitting next to her in this nationally televised debate, noticed the violation and notified a CNN official, who approached the make-up artist and Sink and confiscated the cell phone.
After the debate, the Sink campaign released a statement from the candidate announcing that the advisor who sent the message has been removed from the campaign. The advisor was not named in the statement, but a campaign spokesman confirmed it is Brian May, who signed the rules agreement before the debate on behalf of the Sink campaign.
“After the debate tonight, one of my campaign advisors admitted he tried to communicate with me during one of the breaks,” Sink said.
“While he told me it was out of anger with Rick Scott’s repeated distortion of facts, it was a foolish thing to do. It violated a debate agreement and I immediately removed him from the campaign.”
Here is what Sink is saying, translated: I shouldn’t have cheated, even if my opponent is a filthy liar. While cheating is actually better than lying, I shouldn’t have cheated. And by “cheated”, I mean “got caught”, m’kay?
By the way, Scott landed the zinger of the night:
Sink repeatedly bragged that 16 Florida newspapers had endorsed her campaign, to which Scott — who has refused to appear before any editorial boards — finally replied, “Most of them endorsed Barack Obama. You’re an Obama liberal. That’s exactly why they’re endorsing you.”
UPDATE (10/27/2010 – 12:05 pm EST): Sink is lying through her friggin’ crooked teeth. Evidence here. Basically, she said when the makeup artist brought her cell phone, she thought the message might have been from her daughter abroad. But audio shows that the makeup artist tells Sink that it’s a message from her staff, and Sink then took the time to read it! She tried selling the ”I thought that it might have been my daughter” lie after she caught flack for it, and CNN’s John King (probably looking for a new job now, since breaking this story that could damage the Democrat) calls her on it.
The final (thank God!) debate in the FL Senate race was held Sunday morning between Rubio, Crist, and Meek. Every time Rubio went to speak, Crist would interrupt and besiege Rubio with non-sequitirs and bizarre statements. Rubio, always the class act, responds appropriately:
Exit question #1: “Welcome to the NFL!” Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Exit question #2: Why didn’t the moderators (from CNN) stop Crist’s interruptions and tell him “Governor, please wait until your turn”? You know they would have done that to Rubio if here were as rude and desperate as Crist, right?
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Rubio with 50% of the vote, up nine points from just over a week ago and his best showing in the race to date. Support for Crist, the state’s current GOP governor, has fallen to a new low of 25%, while Meek captures 19%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided.
That’s 50%, in a three-way race. While there are still three weeks until Election Day, and as such there is always time for an unforeseen error or scandal, this race is Rubio’s to lose.
In honor of the nation’s first Oompa Loompa governor, and with the proper recognition to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I give you the following:
Oompa Loompa, doopity doo,
I’ve got another puzzle for you.
Oompa Loompa, doopity dee,
Crist said Rubio “drinks too much tea!”
What do you get when a RINO is toast?
A seat that was his for the taking, he boasts.
Feeling he was due, he had waited “his turn”,
but just like his skin, his cam..paign…burned!
You would be Charlie Crist!
Oompa Loompa, doopity dah,
Charlie Suntan’s on his last hurrah.
No one knows what Charlie will do,
When the Oompa Loompa’s career is through!
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This may be the first Dem ad I’ve ever seen that has gotten me giddier than Taylor Swift at a Kanye West dunk tank. Enjoy!
Batsh#t crazy Alan Grayson (D-FL) compares GOP opponent to Taliban, gets scolded by…nutjobs at MSNBC?
The thrill has left even Matthews’ leg for Grayson for this bit of jack@ssery. Both of MSNBC’s viewers were appalled at Grayson’s tactics. Video clip here, and I would embed it, but it’s too much douchebaggery for me to stomach.
His opponent is Dan Webster, whose fundraising after Grayson’s Godwin-violating ad has gone through the roof. Thanks, Congressman Moonbat!
Here‘s the video clip. It’s at Univision, so you have to endure a Spanish advertisement before seeing the video, but it is sooooo worth it! Partial transcript:
…For twenty years you’ve run as a Republican, running on the same things that you now criticize me for. Four months ago you were running against me as a Republican and saying the things you now criticize me for. You only changed parties and did this Independent thing when you couldn’t win a Republican primary and now you wake up everyday and try to figure out what you can say or do to take votes away from Congressman Meek so more Democrats will vote for you. …
The money line begins at the 3:12 mark of the video. Ouch! Watch Suntan Chuckie squirm nervously!
Exit question: Should I feel guilty for having a man-crush on not one, but two Republicans? Chris Christie will forgive me, won’t he? Won’t he????
My apologies for making you fine folks wait this long for my coveted opinion on the Gainesville Koran burning thing. I know you have been waiting with bated breath.
First of all, anything that originates in Gainesville is stupid. That goes without saying.
Secondly, the pastor who is doing this cannot be doing this with Christian intentions. While our Bible teaches us that there is only one way to Heaven (and that’s through faith in Jesus) and that we are to be unapologetic and unashamed of Him in every way, it teaches us a lot of other things, too. Intentionally enflaming a lot of people, without regard for anyone who may be adversely affected, is not a Christian trait. This is not being done with love in his heart, at least not in any way that I can see.
Finally, General Petraeus says it’s a horrible idea in terms of the dangers that the burning could bring to our troops. I’ll defer to his superior judgment on that matter, so if he says it endangers the troops, that’s good enough for me to oppose it.
All that said, I find the reaction of the left to be infuriating and hypocritical.
For one, President Training Wheels has opined that the Koran burning is a horrible thing to do. Shouldn’t he be saying something like “I support their First Amendment right to do this. I’m not going to comment on the wisdom of doing it, though.”? I mean, he had no qualms about Muslims building a mosque on Ground Zero, saying that the First Amendment was sacred. Now that a group of maybe 50 people want to exercise their First Amendment rights, suddenly it’s not a good idea? President Kick#ss is voting “Present” on the wisdom of building a Ground Zero mosque but voting “No!” on the wisdom of Koran burning.
Also, part of what this pastor is doing is (he claims) based on his observation that Islam is a violent religion. So how does the Muslim world react to this pastor’s claims of violence in their religion? Why, they react with threats of violence, that’s how! Way to prove your opposition right, Ahmed.
Finally, isn’t it refreshing (or sad, take your pick) to finally find a religion around which the left can rally? After crapping on Christianity since time immemorial, the left finally gets around to fighting for a religion…and it’s a religion that wants them dead. Friggin’ brilliant, leftards. Ace sums it up beautifully (profanity redacted):
Furthermore, we continue to encourage Islamist killers. Every time they kill, what message does the nation and its communicative institutions parrot over and over?
1) Islam is a religion of peace.
2) Islam is one of the world’s “great religions.”
3) The overwhelming majority of Islam’s faithful are good, pious people.
Every time they murder in the name of Allah, then, we all collectively begin shouting how f##king wonderful Allah is.
Is it any surprise they continue to murder us then? They kill us, and we then proselytize on their behalf.
I’m not pulling a Charlie Crist here and waffling on the matter. I think the Gainesville church should drop the idea of burning Korans, for reasons both Christian and strategic in nature. But I don’t need the hypocritical, politically correct left telling us about how bad it is, as their views ring quite hollow.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott just picked his running mate, state representative Jennifer Carroll. She is my district’s representative. If Scott wins, she will vacate her seat to become the lieutenant governor of our fine state. If she vacates her seat…I can’t think of anyone who might be in line to fill that office. Can you?
Anywho, as you were.
UPDATED (9/8/2010 – 10:00 pm EST): Never mind. She has vacated her seat, win or lose. The state GOP hand-picked her replacement, a Jacksonville city councilman who heads the NE FL Builders Association. Heck, those guys need the job a lot worse than I do these days!
Crist in March, when he was still a Republican registered as a Republican:
“I think what we need to do is go ahead and repeal this thing,” said Crist, while on “Fox News Sunday” on March 28. “Let’s start over. Let’s take an opportunity to do what’s right for the people.”
Crist in July, after he dropped his party affiliation:
After switching parties, Crist softened his rhetoric on the issue. In a July 14 interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said the law “should be modified,” and didn’t support repealing it.
Crist this morning (for those of you on the left, that means “today”):
“I would have voted for it,” Crist said in the interview. “But I think it can be done better, I really do.”
Crist clarifies his position (I think)…later this afternoon:
“If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much,” Crist said in a statement. “Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.”
Senator Kerry just called to say “Knock it off, will ya?”
I don’t know how to break it to Governor Citrus Skin, but being “independent” does NOT mean that the electorate is cool with mindless flip-flopping. I mean, everyone knows that Crist will say anything and vote anyway that he thinks will give him maximum political gain. That’s one thing, but it’s a totally different thing to be so openly and brazenly opportunistic to the point that it confuses everyone on all sides.
I guess that’s why he’s trailing Rubio by 10% right now. You’re a fool, Charlie.
For those of you outside of Florida, here’s a recap of our GOP gubernatorial primary:
Attorney General (and former Congressman) Bill McCollum is running against businessman Rick Scott. Initially, I was leaning towards McCollum. Then, Scott began running commercials showing that McCollum opposed the AZ immigration law. At that point, I leaned towards Scott.
In response, McCollum ran commercials showing Scott’s hospitals getting in trouble for Medicare fraud, paying millions of dollars in fines. Though Scott was not implicated with any crimes, as CEO, he is ultimately responsible. I began having a few doubts about Scott’s judgment. Second look at McCollum, maybe?
Since then, the campaign has gone nasty and sleazy, by both of them. I received about 20 pieces of mail from Scott last week, calling McCollum anything but a child of God. One of these ads blamed McCollum for paying an expert in a trial with taxpayer money, only to see that expert get caught with a male prostitute in Europe. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? McCollum’s supposed to be culpable for that?
Scott has run a commercial lately that plays McCollum saying in one video clip that the AZ immigration law was “that far out”, and then saying in the second video clip that “No, I never said it was ‘far out’! I beg to differ with you.” Point made: McCollum’s a liar. He would have been better off saying “Initially, I thought the law allowed for racial profiling, but after actually reading all of it, I see that my initial impression was incorrect. Thus, I have now embraced the law.” But he didn’t. His first instinct was to lie.
So, I trust neither candidate. I will vote for neither man tomorrow in our primary. I fear that the nastiness of this primary has paved the way for Democrat Alex Sink to win the general election in November, and if that happens, I won’t forgive either of these two hyper-ambitious jerks.
Three weeks before bolting the GOP, FL Governor Charlie Crist told us all that he was a “good conservative” and would remain a Republican, even if (when) he lost the primary. Since then, he’s been governing from the left. Why not consummate the marriage with the left and run as a Democrat-as-”Independent”, right? Details:
Big-shot Democratic pollster and former Hillary Clinton senior adviser Mark Penn and his wife, Nancy Penn Jacobson, are hosting a $4,800-per-person fundraising reception for Charlie Crist at their Washington home Wednesday. Here’s the invite.
Ironic that Kendrick Meek worked his tail off for John Kerry — whose media consultant Tad Devine is now helping Jeff Greene — and Clinton, whose top consultant is helping Crist.
Crist has no principles, and simply goes whichever way the wind blows. Is that the leadership that FL needs right now in the Senate?
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio on his race against the Democrat nominee (either Kendrick Meek or Jeff Greene) and the “independent” nominee Charlie Crist (video link here):
I’m running against two Democrats. One who admits it openly, and one who doesn’t.
Exactly right. Crist has taken a hard turn to the left after leaving the GOP, which he only did after realizing he wasn’t going to be their nominee for the Senate. Additionally, Crist has garnered the support of various Dem operatives, since they know he has no principles (which explains the appeal he has to Democrats).
Just when I thought Governor Oompa-Loompa couldn’t be any slimier, he one-ups himself again. Details:
In the latest development in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Governor Charlie Crist is coming under fire for removing the pro-life section of his campaign website. This comes on the day the legislature sent him a bill that would allow women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion.
Crist has already hinted he will veto the legislation, which also allows Florida to opt out of some of the abortion funding under the new national health care law President Barack Obama signed.
That he would potentially veto a pro-life bill will broad support from voters is another indication of his strategy to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent.
In order to boost his “indy” street cred, he feels he has to switch positions on a matter that, regardless on which side of the debate you fall, virtually no one switches. You don’t often see someone who runs on a “sanctity of life” platform wake up one day and say “On second thought, abortion’s not so bad.” If you ever needed proof that he has no principles, here you go.
May God have mercy on his soul.
Crist went from Republican, to RINO, to Independent…and now to Democrat? Details:
Top Democratic strategists are abandoning their party’s frontrunner in the Florida Senate race in favor of Independent Charlie Crist, who bolted the Republican party over the state party’s rightward lurch toward the Tea Party.
SKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic political strategy and communications firm, has agreed to work on Crist’s up-hill campaign as an independent for the U.S. Senate.
The decision will be widely viewed as a slap at Democratic frontrunner Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is trailing badly in the polls and many Democrats believe is hopeless for winning in November
Disgusting, if true, but not surprising. Crist has been all about Crist from Day One. His #1 reason for continuing his Senate run is because he wants to be in the Senate. Not to represent FL, but to represent Charlie Suntan. However, I’m thinking he may have picked a bad year to be a self-serving, “me first” politician. Plus, hand-picking and protecting Jim Greer, busted for fraud and money laundering last week, probably won’t help him, either.
Exit question: How soon until we find out that B.O. offered Meek a job in return for bowing out and endorsing Crist?
FL Governor Charlie Crist once swore that he would not bolt the GOP, even if he lost the Senate nomination to Republican Marco Rubio. He flip-flopped.
Crist said he would issue a partial refund of donor money. He flip-flopped, giggling about it like Michael Moore at a Golden Corral grand opening. Details (video at link):
The standout moment came when a heckler started shouting at Crist (around 3:10 into clip), “What about the guys who gave you money when you were a Republican?!”
“I’m going to keep it!” Crist cheerfully responded, drawing roars of approval. Check out his wink right after.
Well, you may plan on keeping the money, Governor Ooompa Loompa, but you can forget about keeping your indy-switching momentum. From Rasmussen:
Charlie Crist received a bounce in the polls when he left the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent. New numbers suggest that the bounce for the governor is over.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Florida finds Republican Marco Rubio with 39% support, while Crist earns 31% of the vote and Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 18%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
Two weeks ago, just after Crist announced that he was running as an independent, he held a 38% to 34% advantage over Rubio.
All the political experts were saying all along that the numbers were simply not sustainable. There was no way Crist was going to take a third of Republicans and a third of Democrats while running as an indy. This latest poll bears that out.
Charlie, you flubbed up, dude. You picked a bad year to be a crass, brazen political opportunist. This year, the electorate is rebelling against your kind: self-serving, me-first, finger-in-the-wind, unprincipled career politicians. Arlen Specter gambled, and he looks like he’s toast. You’re next, pal. Maybe you can get another hug from B.O., only this time, it’ll be a consolation hug.
How is he a liar? Voila:
On Fox News: 3/28/10
WALLACE: …have been persistent rumors in Florida that you are so far behind, at least currently, in the polls…that you may run instead as an independent. Here is your chance to dispel all the rumors. Are you willing to pledge right here, right now that you will run in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and not run as an independent?
CRIST: I’m running as a Republican.
WALLACE: So are you ruling out that you will file as an independent by the April 30th deadline?
CRIST: That’s right. That’s right. I’m running as a Republican.
WALLACE: You will run not for a governor — you’ll run for Senate, and you will run as a — in the Republican primary.
CRIST: I’m running as a Republican.
WALLACE: Will you support the winner of the GOP primary, whether it’s you or Marco Rubio?
CRIST: Of course I will.
WALLACE: Well, I’m going to get — I’m going to — I’ll give you an opportunity for a final statement. I just want to say, though, you are saying you are going to run in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. You will not run on the no party affiliation line.
CRIST: That’s right. That’s right. That’s what I’m saying.
How is he a fool? Voila:
Voters are strategic. Remember the New Jersey governor’s race? Independent Christopher Daggett was polling at 10%, but only got 5.8% on Election Day. There’s a reason for that. American elections are winner take all, which makes it very difficult for third parties to thrive. Once voters catch wind that a vote for a third party candidate is a waste, they’ll bail on that candidate. This suggests that Crist is going to have to “defeat” either Marco Rubio or Kendrick Meek prior to Election Day. Now, how do you suppose he’s going to do that? He hasn’t been able to defeat Rubio yet. That means he will have to nullify Meek. I’m skeptical he’ll be able to do that. As an African American, Meek can expect strong support from the roughly 14% of the electorate that is black. That’s one big problem. Another big problem is that Crist will first have to get the Democratic Party establishment to get behind him, and the White House is refusing to take his calls. With good reason. They’re banking that Crist will siphon off just enough votes from Rubio to elect Meek. And anyway, with Roland Burris leaving the upper chamber next year, there might not be a single African American Senator in the 112th Congress. Can the Democratic establishment really turn its back on Meek – for Charlie Crist of all people? No way!
Ask people you know in life and they’ll complain about politicians who are only out for themselves, who aren’t looking out for the interests of the people. And now here comes good old Charlie Crist, who just a few weeks ago swore off an Independent run. This is a dishonest and nakedly self-interested move, and voters are fed up with this kind of behavior. The only compelling motivation that Charlie Crist has to run as an Independent is so that Charlie Crist can stay in elective office. That is not good enough in a year like 2010. Crist should take a lesson from Arlen Specter, a 30-year veteran of Pennsylvania statewide politics who pulled a similar stunt. He isn’t polling above 43% in the RCP average. That’s the kind of year this is.
…Instead, he is about to piss off every Republican in the country, and he’s not going to win over the affections of the Democrats, who clearly sense an opportunity to get one of their own into the seat.
Crist has now been tempted into a desperation move. As Democratic consultant Steve Schale points out, Crist can win 25 percent of Republicans (highly improbable), 25 percent of Democrats (ditto) and 60 percent of independents (dream on), and still get only 31 percent of the vote, not enough to win. He’ll try to run against the system, a difficult trick when you occupy the governor’s mansion and your only objection to the system is that it no longer serves your purposes.
He saw an obscure poll that put him 2% ahead of Rubio in a three-way race, and it gave him the faintest glimmer of hope that his personal ambition could still be fulfilled. But if he thinks he will get 1/4 of Democrats to abandon Obama’s lap dog Meek, and if he thinks the teachers union will support him over the Democrat, then that tanning bed has fried his gourd more than I thought.
Oh, well. At least he’s got the Citrus-American voting bloc sewn up.
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