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  •  Under normal circumstances, I'd agree (7+ / 0-)

    but I've lived now in six states, am reasnoably family with another half dozen, and although there are clearly worse places to live politically, this is the one where you really don't start with the voters.

    Florida has a diverse electorate and a veto-proof Republican legislature, created by three distinctly gerrymandered sets of district boundaries created to marginalize the Democratic Party in a half dozen ways.

    Add to that the growth patterns. We get two new congressional seats this time out, and that reflects people who came here and likely spent at least their first cycles not voting down ballot. Definitely at a higher rate than is the national trend, and when I covered elections ages ago the trend in my state then was 97 percent vote for prez, around 92 for Senate, and then dropping to 85 for state legislation.

    Add to that that a diverse electorate, by definition, includes pockets of meanness. We are a deep-south state. I knwo that means we have white racists. We only quit frying killers at the point in which the electric chair was clearly screwing up. WYG didn't pass here. It was prettymuch thought up here. Sure, you can say, that is the voters and it is. But we basically have to deal with a larger percentage of the just plain mean than you do in CT (If I properly understand your user name).

    We have an economy and a tax code built on tourism.

    We perceive ourselves as attracting criminals from other states. By that, we are more prone to mean Ted Bundy than Rick Scott.

    We are long and narrow. It is a media market state if for no other reason than it is a pain to drive. I think because of some of the thigns mentioned in my second and third graphs as well. Scott likely won because he could afford a media campaign and Alex Sink spectacularly couldn't. She had really two general election spots, they weren't very good, and what impression they left wasn't particularly a good one.

    I was gone from the state the two times Jeb was elected, but one thing I know is that the peopel who voted against him really didn't like him. I don't think that was true with Christ, Chiles, even the hapless Bob Martinez. And yet he was reelected, reflexively, at a point when the Dems wanted payback for him installing his brother as president.

    Yes, most places, it starts with the voters. Here? As a voter, I feel pretty powerless.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:09:33 AM PDT

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