Monday, January 30, 2012

Florida Primary Notes

Tomorrow is the big day for the GOP here in Florida. Some notes from the campaign trail:

— Former Gov. Jeb Bush is staying on the sidelines, which tells you everything and nothing. He’s either disgusted by the candidates, or he’s playing it safe so that he can be on the winning side when the dust settles and the blood pools.

— Unable to get Jeb’s endorsement, Mitt Romney was happy to get the backing of Jon Voight. This insures that he’ll do well with the devotees of washed-out movie stars from the 1970’s. (Anybody heard who Robby Benson is backing?)

Newt Gingrich is planning to go all the way to the convention, describing Mitt Romney as “pro-abortion, pro-gun-control, pro-tax-increase moderate from Massachusetts.” Really? If that’s true, I might vote for him. On Saturday, Mr. Gingrich showed up at the central Florida retirement community called The Villages, which is basically a theme park based on the 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. There he claimed to be the “legitimate heir of the Reagan movement.”

— According to TPM’s poll tracker, Mitt Romney has a 10-point lead as of yesterday.

Rick Santorum went home to tend to his sick child, who was hospitalized with pneumonia.

— NBC’s Tom Brokaw is “extremely uncomfortable” with the Romney campaign’s use of footage from the Nightly News broadcast that told of Newt Gingrich’s ethics problems when he was the House Speaker in 1997. That didn’t stop the ads from running incessantly on cable TV.

Money talks: The Romney campaign and its PAC’s are outspending the Gingrich campaign five to one. A couple of more months of this and Florida’s debt crisis would be over. Of course, we’d all be driven to bedlam by then, but hey, who’s to say we’re not there already?