Campaign Crawlers

Save for his time in public office in Tallahassee, Crist has lived most of his life in St. Petersburg, the largest city in Pinellas County. He represented Pinellas in the Florida Senate for six years in the nineties. But in a straw vote Monday night, members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee decided by a vote of 106 to 54 that they would rather conservative former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio run for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida than their own Charlie.

Rubio Rolls

By Larry Thornberry

CLEARWATER, Florida — Well OK, you can come home gain. But they don’t have to vote for you when you do. Moderate Florida Governor Charlie Crist learned this Monday night.

Save for his time in public office in Tallahassee, Crist has lived most of his life in St. Petersburg, the largest city in Pinellas County. He represented Pinellas in the Florida Senate for six years in the nineties. But in a straw vote Monday night, members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee decided by a vote of Continue reading “Campaign Crawlers”

Charlie’s Limp Homecoming

Rubio has the momentum among Floridians active in the Republican Party — the kind of folks who will vote in next August’s primary. So far in the straw vote sweepstakes among Republican organizations, Rubio is 15-0, all the wins by lopsided margins.

Pinellas extends a “courteous” welcome

By Larry Thornberry

CLEARWATER, Florida — The contrast was stark. When conservative former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio addressed the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee in November, the reception in a packed restaurant meeting room was on the high end of enthusiastic. When “moderate” Governor Charlie Crist spoke to the same outfit Monday night before between a quarter and a third fewer people, the reception was courteous. No wild applause as had been the case at several points during Rubio’s presentation. When applause came for Crist it was polite. No more. In a few cases the audience took a beat before reacting, unsure if they had just heard an applause line or not. Continue reading “Charlie’s Limp Homecoming”

Republican Establishment Strikes Again

George H.W. Bush ran in 1988 on a pledge to be Reagan III. But he soon reverted to his own form. We all remember what then happened to “Read my lips, no new taxes.” And the Federal Register under George the First soon regained the elephantine heft it sported before Reagan put the brakes on federal regulation. Since then Republican poobahs and money-men have supported countless RINOs (often against solid conservative candidates), careerists with no philosophy or soul, and other me-toos who gave us a Republican president and a Republican Congress better at spending than even the Democrats and no detectable progress on any conservative social issue. This was the lot that was routed in ’06 and again in ’08.

The GOP never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity

By Larry Thornberry

TAMPA– Ronald Reagan taught Republicans some priceless lessons on how to succeed politically. Lessons about both ideology and style. The old cowpoke showed us how to solve some of the nation’s problems with conservative principles and policies, and did it in a cheery, upbeat way that left voters happy and confident about America.

When the Gipper left office in January of 1989, the Republican establishment remembered these vital lessons. For about an hour and a half. Continue reading “Republican Establishment Strikes Again”

He’s not a Republican but he plays one on TV

There’s good news and bad for Republican U.S. Senate hopes. Now that it’s near certain that Florida’s rookie Republican governor, Charlie Crist, will run for the senate in 2010 rather than for re-election as governor, the GOP stands a good chance of retaining the seat current Republican Senator Mel Martinez has said he will not seek re-election to, and would not have won had he done so.

Charlie Crist: The Specter of a New Arlen

By Larry Thornberry

There’s good news and bad for Republican U.S. Senate hopes. Now that it’s near certain that Florida’s rookie Republican governor, Charlie Crist, will run for the senate in 2010 rather than for re-election as governor, the GOP stands a good chance of retaining the seat current Republican Senator Mel Martinez has said he will not seek re-election to, and would not have won had he done so. Continue reading “He’s not a Republican but he plays one on TV”

Hurricane Palin

A more reasonable conclusion, arrived at during less febrile moments, was the prediction that after the vice-presidential debate on October 8, Joe Biden will never again consider the winsome Sarah as just another pretty face. This gal has a fastball.

McCain’s Veep pick has energized the party and turned McCain’s longshot candidacy into a probable victory

By Larry Thornberry

It’s storm season in Florida, and elsewhere around the Gulf of Mexico, as the very bad weekend news out of Texas underlines. But local Republicans are more focused on Hurricane Sarah than they are on the blow-dried meteorologists and perky weather-babes who come on at six and 11 to speak of storms and rumors of storms.

As most know by now, the choice of Sarah Palin for VP has injected turbo excitement into a formerly charisma-challenged McCain campaign that almost certainly would have been DOA Nov. 4 without the considerable boost she’s provided. Continue reading “Hurricane Palin”

Political Hay

The only stretch is Truax’s contention, perhaps more of a hope, that the mainstream media will do a better job of covering Obama and his record as the election nears.

We Got Zeal Too
By Larry Thornberry

TAMPA — I finally cornered one of the co-chairs of the McCain campaign for Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, and asked him this highly-nuanced political question:

“So, how are you going to get the locals to vote for a 72-year-old, charisma-challenged geezer? After all, they have the opportunity of voting for Mr. Wonderful, a glib matinee idol who has graciously signaled his willingness to delay his fast-track to sainthood in order to spend eight years in the White House and who has his supporters as excited as leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day.” Continue reading “Political Hay”

Three Hotheads

By now most folks who keep up with such things have heard that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to an astonished world that she’s “trying to save the planet.” Hardly a modest mission, even for the self-styled most powerful woman on earth.<!–

Can any one of these people save the planet?

By Larry Thornberry

With Captain Kirk, Fancy Nancy Pelosi, and John McCain trying to save it, what chance has the planet got?

By now most folks who keep up with such things have heard that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to an astonished world that she’s “trying to save the planet.” Hardly a modest mission, even for the self-styled most powerful woman on earth. Continue reading “Three Hotheads”