President Obama is now leading Mitt Romney by about 5 points in Florida. Obama did win the state in 2008.Having lived here since 2008, it’s a wonder to me that he’s managed to do well here. It’s a testament to how disgusted voters, even in this red state (it seems red to me) were at George W. Bush it seems. It was Bush’s brother, then Florida Governor Jeb Bush who helped his brother squeak out a win in 2000. Because of that ultra-tight race, new ultra-right Governor, Rick Scott sought to disenfranchise (pro Democrat) voters by trying to investigate those who may not legally have the right to vote here. They came up with a little over 200. Scott has never really been popular here so maybe the next time around, they’ll vote Scott out.
The recent Romney video dismissing 47% of voters outright because they receive assistance or entitlements from the government, can’t help Romney in Florida either since the unemployed (too many) and the many of retirees here would look at such remarks as a rejection of themselves. We shall see, but the last presidential debate is here in the Boca Raton at Lynn University. I would think though, by the time that debate arrives in late October, most voters would have made up their minds in regards to this race.The other important battle here is for the senate seat now held by Bill Nelson. His opponent, Connie Mack IV, was a supporter of popular governor Charlie Crist, who jumped the Republican ship while battling Marco Rubio for the senate in 2010. Crist lost, but became an independent and has come out for Nelson. The winner of that race could be an interesting barometer of where Florida is going politically. Cuban born Marco Rubio hasn’t done much to help Romney in Florida. Obama also leads Romney in another important state, my home state of Ohio. Most political experts agree that Romney can’t win the presidency should he lose Florida and Ohio.
I personally can’t stand local talk radio here since 99% (or more?) seems to be right-wing. It’s almost impossible to listen to this garbage. I would love to see how they react with another Obama win in Florida. With the growing Hispanic population here, Florida could be moving towards a blue-state status which will help the Democrats for years to come. Maybe retirees and others have simply listened to the Romney/Ryan message and realized their policies would not help them. There’s no problem trying to resolve obvious entitlement issues which have to be faced, but turning Medicare into a voucher program is a farce when you can alter the tax code and get better results. Romney/Ryan would have used the savings via a voucher program to give millionaires a bigger tax cut. What middle class person would buy into that? Today’s version of the Republican party is going to have to realize that compromise is critical to reforming entitlements and tax hikes are inevitable. Should they refuse to compromise then it should be plain to see to Floridians and Americans alike, that their brand of politics won’t do most citizens any good.