Morning Mix: Florida Votes and Parties Disclose Cash

Florida voters head to the polls today and it’s looking more and more like a decisive victory for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with latest polling showing a margin of victory for Romney at about twelve percent.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum resumed campaigning after taking a break to be will his daughter Bella who is hospitalized with complications from a genetic disorder. Here’s hoping her condition improves.

The Republican establishment is hoping the Florida primary will be the end of the race, despite the fact that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich just refuses to go away.  If I were part of the Republican establishment, I’d want the race over as well. The latest Gallup polling of registered voters in 12 key swing states show voters evenly split between President Obama and Romney. An Obama/Gingrich match up however has the President up by about 14 percentage points over Gingrich, Paul and Santorum. Of course the real problem for Romney remains. These voters polled are more inherently more moderate than any Republican primary voter, so will his strategy of continuing to throw piles of money at states till he simply buys the nomination be enough? I guess we’ll see.

President Obama held the first-ever Google+ online chat with constituents where the president answered questions related to the State of the Union address and his vision for this country proving that the political landscape is literally shifting before our eyes.

Today is also a big day in the world of campaign finance law as campaigns and super PAC’s are set to disclose their 4th quarter fundraising reports. These reports cover contributions and expenses from October 1 through December 31 and may shed some light on which candidate is really in this race for the long haul and which ones are just sucking air at this point.

Now that the Democrats finally seem united behind something other than attacking each other or giving ground to the right, expect a host of legislative efforts aimed at bolstering President Obama’s vision from the State of the Union address, from a bill that would ban insider trading among members of Congress to the Buffett rule.

Looks like the Democrats might have figured out how to play offense for a change.

Photo from Gage Skidmore via flickr.


Demet G.
Demet G.4 years ago

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Chad A.
Chad Anderson4 years ago

I wish that the Democrats were a real alternative instead of a mish-mash of corporate cash, blue dogs, and some stand-up liberals. We need a system whereby politicians are not dialing for dollars all the time and both Democrats and many Republicans will reconnect with the interests of regular folks (and not just on hot-button social issues, but on guaranteeing jobs and a stable income.

Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

Debi D. I remember well the mess Bush Jr and the torturer got us into. I also remember that they took over a great economy from President Clinton, and they squandered it. Then left a near depression for President Obama to clean up.

About the dogs...It's not the dogs whispering in their owners is the owners who will not in this lifetime vote for someone who would be cruel to the 'family Pet.

Ruth C. I will add to your post. Romney has no common sense. A President must have common sense. That's a must. Besides he is a giant flip flopper, and money is his god. "Idon't care about the poor." by Romney.

Debi D.
Debi D4 years ago

I'm still trying to figure out how people refuse to remember thatr the REPUBLICANS and their fearless leaders George W. and Dick Cheney and cohorts got the USA into the financial mess that Obama inherited. Who ever took over after George W. was screwed from the start. Add to that the economic downturns currently occurring all over the world and you start to see a bigger picture. In the past few months, at least Obama has made suggestions about possible solutuions. The REPUBLICANS seem to do nothing but say what is wrong and promise to make it better, but I have yet to hear one of those nimrods say anything truly intelligent about how they plan to accomplish that. The sad truth is that most of the people currently running for president aren't worthy of running for Dog Catcher. I think that speaks about way we treat people who consider running for office and why men and women of intelligence, honor, integrity and conscience pretty well refuse to even consider it. Instead of having the best and brightest running for higher office, all too often we have a pack of rabid, mean spirited, self-serving twits. Lest you doubt that, look at some of the political ads from Florida in the past few days. DISGUSTING~!!!!

Ruth Conner
Ruth Conner4 years ago

I heard Romney's reasoning for putting his dog in his carrier on top of his car. He said the dog likes his carrier so much he sits in it on top of something in their backyard. Nothing wrong with that, but it isn't going down the highway 65 miles an hr. in his backyard. Very silly comparison Romney made. That's his problem he doesn't have full comprehension about anything but making big money......for himself.

Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

Cathy A. You intimated that I was strange, (dog whisperer) and that you used your brain. Were you using your brain when you didn't understand I was making fun of Romney. Did you really think I thought that dogs could talk. Also, I was sticking up for all the adorable little and big dogs out there who told me they don't want to ride on the roof. Oh, I just made another sad comment.

Alberta Gentleman

I hope President Obama gets re-elected.

Cathy A.
Cathy A.4 years ago

Frances A. - Oh no, I don't believe that...thought you did because of your posts. Some people believe in that whisperers, ghost whisperers...etc. etc.

Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

Cathy A. Do you really think dogs whisper in their owners ears? Really??

Cathy A.
Cathy A.4 years ago

@Debi D. - I am not in either of your categories. I am not independently wealthy ... actually I am currently unemployed and trying to stay afloat. I've had to dip into my retirement money to do that, but it's what is necessary to put food on the table for my kids. However, I am a more conservative person and will vote that way. I believe in working hard for a living and not depending on people to support me. And no, I don't listen to what the commercials on TV say on how to vote...if I did I would have voted for Obama the first time around, which I didn't.

No, I use my own brain ... what I can gather together and read about each candidate, what they've said/what they've done and decide for myself who I think will be the best for this country. I follow my conscience...even if it isn't the public's opinion or the majority opinion of what's on the TV commercials...I have to live with my decisions at the end of the day.

That's why I don't like using stereotypes or labels...not all republicans are wealthy and not all democrats are poor...there are some rich and poor on both sides of the aisle ... that's a reality.

@Sheri K. - I agree! Well said.

It's very sad when people say they listen to their dogs whisperings on how to vote...very strange.