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Florida Presidential Primary Karma May Strike Again

Feb 2, 2016

By Dan

But early last year, with Florida's then favorite son Jeb Bush certain to run, the legislature moved the primary back in order to allow it to be a winner-take-all affair. The plan was that Jeb would easily win, almost assuring that Florida's massive delegate haul would overwhelm Jeb's opponents...Oops.

Do you really want be a member of a club that has Trump as its frontrunner?

Dec 10, 2015

By Dan

Since Richard Nixon's maligned "Southern strategy" (the GOP's calculated decision to embrace disenchanted segregationists in order to carry the South on Election Day) the Republican Party has tried to keep its right wing, angry cousin in the family without giving them an invite to the wedding. So nearly, ritualistically, each primary season presidential wannabes pay lip-service to the right with a generous helping of red meat, then run to the center for some healthier fare.

This season, however, that nasty cousin's not just at the wedding, he's giving the toast. And it's a very, very ugly toast.

About that confederate flag...

Jun 24, 2015

By Dan

I don't like that Governor Scott wears a confederate flag on his boots, but I am far more concerned that he arbitrarily curtailed early voting knowing it would likely disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, mostly minority and African-American.

Is Jeb educable?

May 16, 2015

By Dan

Watching Jeb's last week as not a candidate for President reminded me just how educable he isn't. His 4-day Iraq invasion question was a real adventure. His perceptible discomfort at answering questions he didn't like was painful.

Don't be a jerk.

May 1, 2015

By Dan

Just because you have power doesn't mean you're incapable of a mistake. Don't be afraid to second-guess yourselves. Tallahassee can be a bubble. Your colleagues and the lobbying corps, consultants and assorted sycophants will all reaffirm your judgment until you are convinced everyone else is an idiot and you are the only one in the state — perhaps the world — that gets it.

Hubris is a weakness not an organizing principle.


Rubio & Bush Hometown Loves Obamacare

Apr 14, 2015

By Dan

Interestingly, both men had jobs before they were seeking this one. When Jeb was Governor of Florida (and Marco the Speaker of the Florida House) they addressed health care and had opportunities to promote their solutions.

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