Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Florida politics, always entertaining

The Charlie Crist rumors (Bob Norman, on the Green Iguana) keep popping up, such as in this Politics1 report, repeated today at Huffington Post.

'Recount' doesn't seem to have attracted a lot of reviews, but there's an interesting recap at New York Observer: A Rendition of Bush-Gore that's long overdue.
The film, which made its HBO debut on Sunday night, presents what can accurately be labeled a Gore-friendly chronicle of the legal maneuverings that settled the election. But it is also fact-friendly. There was never really any doubt that more Floridians went to the polls on Election Day 2000 to vote for Al Gore than for Bush.

And, in the New Yorker, by Jeffrey Toobin, a profile of republican political consultant Roger Stone, who was involved in that Florida recount: The Dirty Trickster. The story opens with a visit to a Miami sex club, but gets more interesting:
Not long ago, Stone went to the Ink Monkey tattoo shop in Venice Beach and had a portrait of Nixon’s face applied to his back, right below the neck. “Women love it,” Stone said.
...Stone detests Hillary Clinton’s politics but admires her pugnacity. He wrote recently on his Web site, an erratically updated collection of observations called, “I must admit she has demonstrated true grit and Nixonian-like tenacity in the face of adversity.” Stone particularly admires Clinton’s attempt to hang the “élitist” tag on Barack Obama. “It’s a good idea,” he said.
...When I asked why he moved to Miami, Stone quoted a Somerset Maugham line: “It’s a sunny place for shady people. I fit right in.”
And lots more.

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