Saturday, November 22, 2014

Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry follows.

Obama "kneecapped" Jeb Bush's 2016 prospects

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's opposition to President Obama's executive action on deportations puts him in the uncomfortable position of running counter to policy moves taken by both his father and his brother during their presidencies."

It's the latest example of the complications Bush has faced on the immigration issue as he considers a 2016 presidential run.
"Jeb Bush ignores family history in Obama immigration hit." See also "Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects."

Talk about weak benches

Jeff Henderson: "David Jolly's Star is on the Rise."

Florida one of the biggest pigs at the federal trough

Aaron Deslatte points out that "a sober look at the numbers . . . shatters the myth that the state somehow pays far more taxes to Washington than what is promptly returned." "Florida still draws gobs of cash from Uncle Sam."

SOE Blues

"They were all there—all the ogres and bugaboos who’ve animated Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks’s little shop of horrors for the past months: Sheriff Jim Manfre, County Administrator Craig Coffey, County Commissioners George Hanns, Charlie Ericksen, Frank Meeker and Barbara Revels (how Nate McLaughlin escaped the list is a mystery), the city of Palm Coast, the media—albeit in a minor role–and the star of them all, Weeks’s reigning bĂȘte noir, County Attorney Al Hadeed."

After her epic, almost Job-like accusations leveled week after week against what she sees as a world of law-breaking, malfeasance and illegal prohibitions of microwave usage (one of her poll workers was apparently denied the use of one at the Palm Coast Community Center), Weeks on Wednesday delivered a four-page, single-spaced coda to her Tribunal of One. She once again indicted a slew of local officials on evidence no less fictional than before while portraying herself as voters’ last great hope. The document is replete with the language of conspiracy and a deep sense of persecution, with phrases such as “hidden agenda,” “stunt and false accusations,” “those who have proven to be the problem,” “outside interference, obstruction and manipulation”—and all those in just the second paragraph.
"Election Supervisor Kimberle Weeks Caps Final Canvassing Session With Hit List Frown Song."

FlaBaggers in a dither

"GOP-led House report debunks Benghazi allegations."

The spats-and-ascot crowd goes off deep end

The Tampa Trib editorial board loses it this morning: "Obama’s immigration actions fly in face of democracy." Credit Daniel Ruth for the phrase "spats-and-ascot set."

Weekly Roundup

"If there was any positive feeling on the Democratic side of the aisle, it might have been relief. Senate Democrats dodged the fate of their House counterparts, clinging to enough seats to avoid irrelevance. And nothing more than battered feelings ultimately came of a threatened rebellion against House Minority Leader Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach." "Weekly Roundup: Celebration and Tragedy in Tallahassee."

Yee haw!

"Florida approves silencers for game hunting."