So Charlie Crist vetoed a bunch of stuff in the Florida budget, about $371 million worth. I was thinking some about what he vetoed and what it means, but I keep coming back to the state of that U.S. Senate race.
You know, in poll after poll, Crist is ahead (or at least in the Rasmussen case, well within striking distance).
In the governor's race down here, the polling is just as crazy.
And who are these new guys? On the GOP side in the governor's race, you've got hospital grifter Rick Scott -- and the McCollum people are scrambling.
Running his fourth statewide campaign, McCollum clearly is a favorite to beat Scott for the gubernatorial nomination. Since Scott entered the race last month, however, there has been little sign of game plan from the McCollum team.
Hey, I'm not one to advise the McCollum people (and I don't think there's any danger of them listening, anyway), but you guys better get it together if you want to remain "clearly... a favorite."
And in the Senate race, who in the hell is Jeff Greene? And is this creepy ad the very best that recession blood money can buy? I'm sure that Greene and his people are trying to show that he loves his mother -- and it's a dog whistle to Florida's elderly population -- but it makes him look like a weirdo and a momma's boy. I don't need to hear from Jeff Greene's mom why Jeff Greene is so great. I need to hear from Jeff Greene, which I didn't, really. What I did hear was him on WMNF [I couldn't find the direct link; email me if you get it, and I'll post it] yesterday and he literally couldn't speak on any issue interviewer Seán Kinane asked him about. It was awful, just awful. Kinane asked him, aside from the economy, what other issues he would focus on as a United States Senator from Florida. He said something to the effect of, Well, my number one, two and three issues are the economy! Sure, there's lots of other issues out there, but... hey! The economy!
That is just unacceptable. Your number one issue may well be the economy, but you damn sure better have a grasp on many, many more. This is Florida and there's a giant goddam oil plume about to come soak us for eternity in tar balls and uncleanable grease. How about the environment, dummy? We're a cattle and citrus state. How about agricultural issues? There are some big cities here, too. Urban issues? Transportation? Energy? There are a ton of old people like your mom, Jeff. How about health care? You might've heard they were talking about it in Washington for a little while, there. We live in on a big globe, too, Jeff. Your mommy may have shown you one before. Lots of Jewish folks here in Florida. Any thoughts on the situation in the Middle East with respect to Israel? Oh, also, this just in, Jeff: we're fighting two fucking wars. You might want to actually get your head out of your ass for half a second and think about that.
Because that's what Senators do. Moron.
Look, Greene made his money betting on the collapse of the housing market and the economy. He bet on the failure of America -- and the pain and suffering of Americans, and Floridians particularly -- and won. That's enough for me.
But it's not enough for a lot of people. I mean, people are looking for something different.
Nearly half of Democrats (49%) and 44% of independents say they are more likely to vote for candidates who will compromise with people they disagree with, compared with 35% of Republicans. And 40% of Republicans say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who is willing to compromise, compared with 19% of Democrats and 15% of independents.
That's just about the most telling thing I've read with respect to polling in a long time. I wonder how many of the candidates on either side, running for either office, might take a fresh look at that paragraph, that polling, and think about their message.
I wonder how many are looking at Charlie Crist, who clearly said, Screw it, I'll just be independent and offer up the appearance of compromising with everybody, and are taking a look at their message.
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