On Tuesday, Marco Rubio won a smashing victory in the Florida Senate race. He won 49% of the vote. A mandate! But 49% means something different when Dems garner it:

Clinton caught a series of lucky breaks from events and from his own enemies. And the comeback only won him 49 percent of the vote: The man widely regarded as one of the most talented Democratic politicians of modern history never commanded a majority in a national election.

The man in Florida who won a smashing victory never commanded a majority in a statewide election. Somehow I don't expect that line to be written. The Beltway is soooo predictable.

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    Yes, so predictable - yesterday the top pundit (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by esmense on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 11:10:32 AM EST
    topic was .... who the Republicans will run for President in 2012!

    No mention of the TWO budget busting wars we are waging, no probing into the causes of our serious economic problems, no real mention and certainly no real discussion of the history, depth, dimensions of the problems we have just elected this crew to solve.

    No wonder Americans are frightened and confused. They are asked to choose candidates on the basis of nonsense totally unrelated to the apparently unmentionable real world they live in -- and they have hardly heard any real conversations, from the political and media establishment (this includes both parties) about the actual state of the nation in over 40 years.

    Frankly, the media narratives are beginning to seem like a form of Tourettes. Or, the babbling of frightened people desperate to hide their ignorance of just about everything.

    The 2012 campaign (none / 0) (#5)
    by jbindc on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 11:13:10 AM EST
    Began yesterday, didn't you know.  For 2 years now, we will be bombarded with Republicans, because for all intents and purposes, there will be no Democratic primary season, so these people will be in your face and the topic of discussion from here on in.

    Remember - the 2008 election started in mid-2007.  We're just moving it back even further now.


    The 2008 election started the morning (none / 0) (#13)
    by Inspector Gadget on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 01:28:42 PM EST
    after the 2004 election results were in. I noted to myself then that we were never going to get a reprieve from this non-stop pundit chatter.

    I was born and raised in Fla. (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Amiss on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 11:56:50 AM EST
    I have seen this state go from craziness to being absolutely insane as far as the politics goes. Examples: Marco Rubio and Rick Scott our illustrious new Governor-elect. Who, unlike Robin Hood, stole from the poor and gave to himself in the largest Medicare fraud recorded.

    One of Rick Scott's first (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by KeysDan on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 01:15:59 PM EST
    appointments as governor may be to chose someone whose job it is to investigate him regarding a chain of clinics he ran.   Allegations that Solantic hospitals/clinics over-billed government health providers like Medicare have been referred to Florida's health department.

    Scott says he will recuse himself, but he does get to make the appointment. Solantis is not to be confused with Colombia/HCA, another hospital chain he headed, that pled  guilty to fraud and paid a record fine of $1.7 Billion.  Since all of this was known before the election and did not make enough of a difference, Scott may as well just appoint his brother-in-law as investigator--such matters do not seem bother Florida voters so long as he is a Republican.


    Plus those transcripts (none / 0) (#15)
    by Amiss on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 02:29:21 PM EST
    of his testimony taken just 6 days before he announced he would run and of course he said "they are personal and I will not release them" Personal my fanny!

    Don't think this isn't a labor of love. (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by oculus on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 02:11:51 PM EST
    My brother sent me a cartoon strip this a.m. with this text (can't find it on line):

    First person: Looks like we got a new governor.  How do you think she'll do?

    Second person:  I guess it depends on whether or not she feels she has a mandate.

    First person:  That's stupid.  

    Second person:  Why is that stupide?

    First person:  Because she should try to govern will regardless of her social life.

    Second person:  A mandate is not a date with a man.

    Third person:  How does it feel to know his vote counets the same as yours?

    First person:  I had a mandate once.  Didn't go well.  

    Too funny! (none / 0) (#16)
    by Amiss on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 02:31:34 PM EST
    Predictable is one thing (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 10:36:29 AM EST
    Selective amnesia is another. One wonders if the Beltway's belt is a little too tight around their necks.

    Of course (none / 0) (#2)
    by jbindc on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 10:36:58 AM EST
    Like anything, we embrace that narrative with which we agree and look to denigrate or downplay anything with which we don't.  It's why some people watch FOX and other people watch MSNBC.

    True, and that dazzling win (none / 0) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 11:11:22 AM EST
    was enough to require Marco Rubio to, with humility, dismiss talk of a White House race.  Old-fashioned prudence would suggest waiting a day or two in office to test his mettle and to see if he can avoid any more credit card scandals.

    Is Rubio a VP candidate for 2012 (none / 0) (#6)
    by Saul on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 11:37:05 AM EST
    I heard that several times in the news yesterday.

    A way to get the Latino vote in 2012

    his handler (none / 0) (#7)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 11:38:04 AM EST
    said absolutely not last night.

    I didn't even tell my husband (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 12:23:36 PM EST
    that one of my fave bloggers to read was going to vote Crist.  When the results came up though on local news my husbands says out loud, "If Meek would have stepped out of the race Crist would have won."  Oh well

    It certainly would have been interesting (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by republicratitarian on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 01:10:46 PM EST
    without Meek in the picture. 49% in a 3 horse race is pretty high if you ask me, but if it was just Crist and Rubio I think it would have been very close. Heck, without Crist in the race it would have been closer but still a Rubio victory.

    I expect Rubio-Huntsman 2016. (none / 0) (#10)
    by steviez314 on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 01:05:43 PM EST
    Maybe in the other order.  This combo worries me.