Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The governor’s race in Florida in 2014 will pit former GOP governor Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, against current GOP governor Rick Scott. Since the GOP supported Crist when he was governor, they will be forced to reverse themselves now to attack him. They plan to run a Mitt Romney style campaign, one not limited by facts. In other words, the Scott campaign will lie a lot.
English: The western front of the United States Capitol. The Neoclassical style building is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The approval ratings of the GOP and Congress are near historic lows, roughly 28% for the GOP and lower for Congress. In the recent vote to end the Federal government shutdown, 38% of House GOP members voted in support and 62% opposed. Those numbers were almost exactly reversed in the Senate, 61% in support and 39% opposed. If you subtract one number from the other, the difference is 23% in both cases which is almost the same as the GOP approval rating. A coincidence? Maybe not.
John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)
There must be at least one moderate Republican in the House of Representatives who is willing to put country before party. Let us elect him or her Speaker to replace John Boehner, and let us do that with a few Republican votes and all or mostly all of votes of the Democratic members of the House.
I created the graph myself with data from a Pew Research Center study, taken from here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I would like to see a different format for some of the debates among the candidates before the November, 2016, election. Assemble a group of either Democratic or Republican candidates for a panel and then assemble a group of reporters to question them. Allow the candidates to question each other and the reporters also. Don’t restrict the questions coming only from the reporters. Let’s see how much the reporters really know about the subject matter they are supposedly experts.
An example of The O’Reilly Factor’s Talking Points Memo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you are a Republican lawmaker or a GOP talking head, the following is a list of key words to use as much as possible. The more of these words you can cram into your talking points, the better. You don’t need to make sense or tell the truth, just move your lips and make sounds. No one will notice that your thoughts are nonsense.
- Train wreck
- Founding fathers
- Union thugs
- Welfare cheats
- Job creators
- Fast and furious