The Naked Fool

Jul 20, 2016


The GOP Convention has become a modern day version of the famous Hans Christian Andersen story The Emperor's New Clothes. Speaker after Speaker stands up and explains why Emperor Trump is going to make America great again. Why he is the best thing the Republican Party could offer America. The vain Trump happily listens beaming with the self-adulation that is his trademark.
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July 4. America the Beautiful.

Jul 4, 2016


The America Bates celebrates, is a nation that resists its lesser instincts and seeks higher ground. An America that leans toward virtue because no matter how we celebrate affluence, power and celebrity, we should revere character. It is not the strength of our military that makes us great, but that we seek to deploy it righteously. Our wealth isn't extraordinary, but our charity is. And our intellect isn't unique, but that we use it to improve the human condition that is so distinguishing.
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Intolerant of gay rights and tolerant of gun violence

Jun 14, 2016


And I don't believe any death becomes less painful by making it a teachable moment. But I do believe in action. If you want to do something, ask those running for office where they stand and what they believe, but more importantly what they will do.
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Scott and Bondi need to recant their endorsements of Trump

Mar 31, 2016


And it is no defense to claim an endorsement of Trump is not a validation of everything he says or does. This is no longer about policy positions or a single aberrant act. It is about who Trump is - a sexist and a bigot who is categorically unqualified to be President.
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Why Hillary.

Mar 14, 2016


While the Presidency is a bully pulpit, it is not only a bully pulpit. It is so much more. While I believe both candidates share similar goals, I am casting my vote with Hillary Clinton because more than her opponent, she can advance them.
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Blame yourselves.

Mar 1, 2016


When preserving power by any means becomes the singular goal of your party, virtue is bound to be replaced with bombast, and thoughtful policies supplanted by callow rhetoric. And don't get me wrong, Trump will be formidable because appealing to the worst instincts in people can sometimes be effective. But at least this election will present clear choices.
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Legislature's redistricting handiwork destined for courts

Jan 16, 2012


After more than two years of bickering over reforms meant to curb political abuses, the Florida Senate on Tuesday plans to debate maps for congressional and legislative districts that preserve Republican majorities and, its authors say, meet legal muster with Fair Districts.

Likewise, Dan Gelber, a former legislator and general counsel for Fair Districts Now, said his membership submitted maps last week "to give the Legislature an opportunity to pass a map that complies with the criteria" of amendments 5 and 6.

But Republicans in charge of redistricting have fired back at the "cynical litigation strategy" by arguing the new maps disenfranchise black voters and that the deadline for public maps passed more than two months ago.
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Bill Nelson's Survival Strategy

Jan 11, 2012


As Republicans try to link Nelson to Obama at every turn, strategists in the state in both parties concede that he has cultivated a reputation as a noncontroversial figure, distinct from national Democrats. That's another reason he can win in Florida, even if Obama can't.

"Nelson is one of the few Democrats with a statewide identity, and that really distinguishes him from everybody else, who is generally going to be tied to a national trend line," said Democrat Dan Gelber, a former state House minority leader.
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Dan Gelber on exceptionalism and the old Marco Rubio

Sep 6, 2011


Dan Gelber has a Miami Herald op ed rebuttal to Marco Rubio's recent Reagan Library speech:

In a recent speech at the Reagan Library — part of which was excerpted in these pages — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio asserts that the decision of America in this last century to collectively care for those that have fallen behind "actually weakened us as a people." While his words may have been a dog whistle for the right wing, I took a double take.
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Who will take on Rick Scott? Charlie Crist? Alex Sink? Jeremy Ring? Rod Smith? Dan Gelber?

Jun 14, 2011


Forget Barack Obama. The fellow really firing up Florida Democrats is Rick Scott.

On Saturday, Democratic activists who gathered in Broward County for their annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising gala invoked the name of Florida's unpopular, hard-right governor at least as often as Obama.

Two widely expected challengers — former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink and South Florida state Sen. Jeremy Ring — mingled with party activists Saturday along with two other less certain prospects, state party chairman Rod Smith and former state Sen. Dan Gelber.

"When you're in a campaign spending $5 million a week on TV, you can create your truth," Gelber said. "But when you're not in campaign cycle, the truth creates itself. It's very hard to disabuse people of their first impressions and his first impression is horrible. People are seeing him for who he really is."
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Gelber pining for Jeb Bush

May 31, 2011


"I miss Jeb Bush." That's [more or less] the wistful start of Democrat Dan Gelber's blog post today.

Yep; the former state senator-turned AG candidate says on his blog that he is pining for his old adversary. Sort of.

"Don't misunderstand, I fought Jeb (and, I suspect, will again). But no matter how much I opposed his policies, I always believed Jeb possessed the requisite respect for our state and its people," Gelber writes.
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