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  •  A bunch of baseless speculation (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    "Lock down" Florida? I doubt it. And you're assigning this guy 235 SURE electoral votes before he even says he's thinking about running, and before we even have a candidate against him, and before we even see what kind of mess the Republicans might make in the next four years or how well the economy will or won't do? Boy, is THAT ever pure fantasy!

    To rebut your other points: 35% of Latinos isn't going to mean squat in the future. And Jeb will have a WORSE problem within the part than potential opponents. To give his base the assurance it wants, he will have to be MORE xenophobic than the competition, or he's dead meat. I believe the diarist is right and you are wrong.

    "Clear the field?" The field is now dictated to be huge money interests who want absolute adherence to their extremist ideas. There's no reason to believe hat the Koch Brothers, the Shelton Adelsons, the Foster Friesses and others have any particular loyalty to a tainted name. He not only won't "clear the field"; he'll be a red cape to people like Santorum, who will easily garner more support among the big crazy billionaires.

    Being smart isn't a quality Republican strategists or voters are looking for. "Hey, he's smarter than his brother" is a selling point  to exactly no one. And if believing your shit were a strong factor in getting the nomination, how come Santorum wasn't the nominee?

    No, as usual, our side is imputing too much power and strength to them. Didn't we learn ANYTHING from their implosion? They are NOT omnipotent — and Jeb Bush is a weak candidate until the day the party is willing to embrace his brother openly again and the country is ready to do the same.

    That won't happen in Jeb's lifetime. He's done.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:24:02 PM PST

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    •  Florida: The I-4 corridor is no longer RED (1+ / 0-)
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      GayHillbilly

      It's now more blue if anything

      The I-4 has changed quite a bit in 20 years. In fact, based on a First Read analysis of the six counties the highway passes through – Hillsborough, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, and Volusia – the I-4 Corridor has gone from about a 100,000-vote advantage for Republicans to a 100,000-vote advantage for Democrats.
      So counting on Florida is a huge assumption just as a start.

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