Courtesy of valued commenter Lamh36, a tweeted map that illustrates just how crushing Rubio’s defeat was in Florida:
Damn! Dropping out of the race isn’t enough. He should stop being our senator and move somewhere else. Good riddance, smarmy little shitweasel!
Major Major Major Major
Just the tip…
But I thought we were all supposed to fear the power of the Cuban vote in Florida!
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Christ this live broadcast from a bar on MSNBC was a bad Idea. I can barely hear them fluffing John Katich.
Trying to remember which talking head today was solemnly intoning about how losses in Ohio and Illinois would make the next month very difficult for HRC.
Please let election season end soon. I’m about out of snark and patience. I’m not out of cat pics, but I’m not sure I can take enough pics to get through this.
Thanks for the map, Betty. I lived in Miami briefly, and before that had vacationed in Key West when I was living in Canadia.
I always knew that FL looks like the wang of the US, but until I saw this map, I didn’t realize that the Keys kind of look like jizz.
Pretty sure he stopped being your senator a year ago, he just picks up the checks.
Twitter wouldn’t let me see that tweet unless I verified I wouldn’t be offended. Florida, America’s limp dick
Wesley Morris on the “Hamilton” cast album:
(It’s #2 on the list of 25.)
Looks like the Pendergast machine came through for Hillary in KCMO.
David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch
BAM! MSNBC calls Missouri for Clinton.
Sanders loses all 5.
@David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch: Wow. I’m watching CNN. They haven’t called it yet. I figured Bernie would at least get Missouri.
Mike in NC
So America’s penis had a handful of 80-year-old Cuban exiles willing to vote for Lil Marco. Who could have guessed? But the MSM will claim he’ll bounce right back for victory in 2020…
Adam L Silverman
@Mnemosyne: If you add Senator Rubio’s and Senator Cruz’s together you get 44.1% of the vote. Which is about a percentage point off of the plurality Trump won. My guess is the GOP side of the Cuban vote split between the two Senators, but we won’t know until someone does a polling breakdown.
My little kid brain always thought that Orlando equaled vacations and vacations equaled beaches, so Orlando must be near a beach. Whoops.
Anyway, the Dem nomination is decided, I guess. All that matters now is whether the Republican convention will be a riot or a riot.
Adam L Silverman
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: May I ask why you always spell it Katich and not Kasich? I get it if its a fat finger typo, but I’m just curious.
@David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch: https://twitter.com/Johngcole/status/709944318471999489
O. Felix Culpa
Looks like Hillary won by about 1600 votes. A squeaker.
At a glans, would have a doctor look at that purple splotch.
Adam L Silverman
@Mike in NC: Don’t forget that there is a very sizable Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Miami and Miami Beach. They tend to be the only Jewish American demographic that reliably votes Republican. So they may be included in there as well.
I look at that map and all I think is “Deep bench!”
OK, I also think a strong Dem needs to run for the US Senate seat in FL. They’d have a good shot, I think.
@WarMunchkin: Oh, there are plenty of beaches around there, just not naturally occurring ones on the ocean. The area is dotted with lakes and artificial lagoons and pools and things.
TPM has Hillary up 1,529 votes over Bernie (310,602 to 309,071) with all precincts reporting, but no tick against her name to show it’s called. Funny.
The important question is…what does “we should fear the Drumpf” wrong way Cole think. The man with his finger on the pulse…of a dead horse.
I don’t know about you guys, but to me this article sounds pretty devastating:
Source: “This Is Why Donald Trump Sounds and Acts Like Adolf Hitler,” 13 December 2015.
With oppo research this rich, do we even need a general election campaign?
And yet one of the Disneyworld resorts is called the Beach Club. (With a neighboring Yacht Club resort.) So there are beaches in Orlando, just Disney-created lake beaches, not ocean beaches.
Saying “momentum” in a non-physics sense should probably be abolished. Most meaningless term in usage today.
Sounds like a recount going on somewhere.
@Amir Khalid: I guess it is close enough that someone could request a recount.
Nosir, Orlando Florida will be Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Defense if Trump becomes president.
Adam L Silverman
@RaflW: Unfortunately we don’t have any strong Dems with statewide recognition in FL. Which is why we repeatedly put up a pleasant and bland gubernatorial candidate every four years or Charlie Crist who is really a Republican. Running this year are Congressman Alan Grayson and Congressman Patrick Murphy who is also, from what I understand, actually a Republican, but he keeps running for office and getting elected as a Democrat. Personally I’m hoping that the retired Navy JAG catches fire and blows both their doors off, but given the way the state Democratic Party works I wouldn’t hold my breath.
@Mnemosyne: Including abandoned Disney fake beaches!
I also read an article about a guy who swam to the nearby, also abandoned Discovery Island. Can’t seem to find it now.
@Thoroughly Pizzled: The thing that always gets me about this use of “momentum” is that it seems you can lose it suddenly. If that’s the case, why do you need it? How does it not just mean “winning”?
Mike in NC
@Adam L Silverman: Yes, Rubio tried to push the issue of Trump not being loyal enough to Holy Israel. He slavishly was courting the evangelicals looking forward to Armaggedon.
@Adam L Silverman: Yeah, I sort of thought I was in the land of wishful thinking.
Shouldn’t part of DWS’s job at the DNC be to develop House members in states like FL who could work up to successful Senate runs? Oh, sorry, for a second there I was acting as if DWS cared about … Democrats!
Adam L Silverman
@mclaren: This was material that came out in the divorce. It included an allegation that he maritally raped Ivana on the day he had his scalp reduction done because he was angry with her because she had recommended the plastic surgeon. She recanted all of it during the divorce and my understanding is that she, as well as ex wife #2 Marla Maples, are under non-disclosures as part of their divorce settlements/agreements. This info has been out there for almost twenty years. It was hammered late last Summer and early Fall, it went no where in terms of negatively impacting Trump’s poll numbers and support.
Nope, that would be “terrorist.”
Adam L Silverman
@Mnemosyne: 60 to 90 minutes to the beach is relatively close to the beach for a lot of people. I know a lot of folks from Orlando that routinely drove to Daytona to surf and swim.
@Adam L Silverman: Pam Keith? She sounds good from what little I know. If it comes down to Blue Dog Patrick Murphy vs Alan Grayson, I think I’ll go w/ the azure pup. Grayson is a walking tabloid tale and has zero chance statewide, I fear.
It sucks that we don’t have a deeper bench. I was hoping former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio would have larger ambitions, but she seems done with politics. Le sigh.
Read that as well a goodly while back but IIRC he surreptitiously rowed and took a lot of photos which accompanied the article.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: all of them katie. All of them.
Adam L Silverman
@RaflW: It should be part of her job to develop candidates for every partisan election at every level in every state. Municipal, both city and county and special district, elections in Florida, as well as judicial are all non-partisan, though everyone pretty much knows who belongs to which party. But in every state the Democratic National Committee should be actively working to 1) find talent to run at every level, 2) grooming that talent and supporting, and 3) finding people within the state who can serve as strategists and policy advisors for those candidates with the assumption that should they get elected, provided the individual is willing to serve, there will be an appointed/hired staff position for them.
As far as I know the DNC isn’t doing any of that, nor is it doing anything like it.
Florida is America’s wang, and Marco won the tip.
@Adam L Silverman:
I don’t think this particular line of opp is the best, tactically. But next fall’s target voter will be quite different than the GOP primary-goers who are inflating Trump right now.
@Adam L Silverman: It’s usually the state level party that handles bringing talent up the ladder. For a senate seat, sure national might help out, but their knowledge of locals is going to be much more limited. If there were a standout rep who was great at fundraising, they would know about her. Otherwise, the state needs to nurture baby pols as they move up from state lege to US house to senate.
well, crubio moment was as short lived as a firefly.
what next? crusich moment?
pseudonymous in nc
@Adam L Silverman: I read Kasich as Katich sometimes because of the Australian cricketer.
Well, the best Florida Dems to look for a big win would be ones able to knock off Lincoln Diaz-Balart or Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, but that can’t be allowed to happen for some strange fucking reason.
Yet another example showing why Trump is utterly doomed at the polls this November — as Matthew Yglesias points out, the Republican party is counting on heavy turnout among white rural poor people to boost their showing at the polls. Yet the Republican elites have now turned on white rural poor people.
It’s going to be really hard for Republicans to win when their own party reviles white rural poor people and is now telling those people that their communities need to disappear and the people themselves need to either starve and die, or move out of wherever they’re living and get a job in a big city.
Adam L Silverman
@Betty Cracker: I hear you. The problem is Keith isn’t even showing up in the polling anymore. Grayson’s rhetoric is good, but you’re correct he’s a mess. I know the Castors and they all have name recognition, but I doubt Kathy Castor is going to give up her House seat to challenge and Betty Castor isn’t going to run at 74. Betty Castor and her husband were friends with my folks and I played soccer for a year with her son. I don’t know Kathy at all, except maybe to have said hello to on a sideline.
@Betty Cracker: You never know. Kirsten Gillibrand was a Blue Dog, I believe, and she does well enough here in NY. Still think that was dumb luck, though.
@Adam L Silverman: Which is why I am 1) furious at the DNC and 2) not giving one dime to the DNC as long as DWS is at the helm. I don’t care how many emails I get from “Barack” or “Joe Biden” or even our fabulous FLOTUS. And I’ve tweeted same at the DNC, I still need to write a genuine, hand-written note to the DNC to the same effect. I’ll even encourage them to look me up in the VAN so they can see that I give – pretty generously – to many progressive Dems directly. But not. one. dime. to the DNC while they fluster about spending millions on, uhh, what exactly, while Debbie is in charge.
Mike in NC
@Adam L Silverman: We are fortunate in being about 10 minutes drive from our little pretty beach.
Adam L Silverman
@Mike J: I understand what you’re saying, but I think that this should be a coordinated and cooperative effort. Especially given how hit and miss the state parties are.
Adam L Silverman
@Mike in NC: I’m about 15 depending on traffic. I’m not a big fan of sand though. That stuff gets everywhere! Which is strange as I keep offering to go back to Iraq, which has a lot of sand. I’ve got some sandstorm pics where everything is orangey-pink. And we had those on a regular basis.
Just in case anyone was wondering…
Candidate Clinton, who can’t turn out the vote and is hated by all, beat the revolutionary, universally beloved candidate by about 878,000 votes tonight.
Is crud craven enough to become dreck’s veep?
Adam L Silverman
I’m to bed, you all have a nice night.
@Adam L Silverman: Our state level party is moribund. It’s an enormous problem.
@NotMax: At least there are in fact terrorists out there, whereas momentum in politics and sports can never be proven to exist.
Well, see, that’s what’s so awesome about this election. This is the thing that Trump, vile as he is, deserves to be celebrated for in American history. He showed the gullible morons that the republican party has played for the last 50 years into voting against their own interests that they are, in fact, gullible morons. IOW, as the VSP have been saying 24/7 since Trump took hold, the monster that the GOP deliberately created and nurtured since the southern strategy has finally come to life, woken the fuck up and returned to devour its creators.
Frankly, I think that whatever happens in the election, that is something to be celebrated.
Sanders has sharpened Clinton’s steel with his improbable run. Clinton has all but won the nomination, but if Sanders wants to continue as an “issues candidate”, then I’m all for it.
The Bernitariat, however, needs to train its negative fire on Trump, Cruz, and most especially on Rep. Senators and Congress members.
5-0 in states that “matter”. It’s time to stop the attacks on Sec. Clinton.
Didn’t he say he was only going to stick in the tip?
@mclaren: Yeah – pretty sure all the white, rural poor folk have the National Review dialed up every day on their laptops. Here is a link to the vagaries of the food stamp economy...
@Mnemosyne: Marvin Gaye over The Blacker the Berry? Jesus Christ…
@Mike J: And will still be eligible for Senatorial healthcare and retirement. It is beyond a doubt nice work if you can get it.
@mclaren: The people being insulted here read neither the National Review nor Vox. So unless you call their attention to it this matters not at all. Let us know how that works for you too.
Thank you for your spectacularly ignorant and incompetent comment. You’ve shown that neither you nor seaboogie have a ghost of a clue about contemporary politics.
FYI: publicly pissing all over the people you expect to vote for you in November is a poor electoral strategy. People like Yutsano and seagboogie are too stupid to realize this, just as the people running the Republican party are…fortunately, the rest of us are not.
Schlemazel (parmesan rancor)
@Adam L Silverman:
Nobody drives to Daytona to surf! But, yes that is an ocean side destination for the folks from the middle. Cocoa Beach is closer but does not have the panache that Daytona Beach has.
@eemom: Ehhhhh sort of. The real problem is the rubes aren’t getting it. Trump is just the latest piper playing the tune, he’s just doing it in such a loud and blatant way that he sucks up most of the oxygen. If you notice, you never see Trump actually betray a conservative principle. He just doesn’t bother with the code words to cover racism and xenophobia. Trump created nothing, he exposed everything, the establishment Repubs hate him for that because that genie can never be stuffed back in. Once Trump is cut off, that backlash is gonna be HARD. And unfortunately it won’t be the Republican establishment that feels the brunt of it.
I’m waiting until he calls Obama the N word here soon. That will win him more white votes and kill him with just about every minority voter save the Uncle Toms who think they’ll be spared once the big white purge comes. And that will indubitably happen if Trump wins. It will also be a bloody mess if/when he loses.
@seaboogie: Forget it, Jake. It’s mclarentown.
@WarMunchkin: I voted for her and was glad she won. The Cuomo clique doesn’t like her because she was upstate and part of the Schumer clique. I was happy she won the first time. Overjoyed the second time because the City Moneyed High Hairs and the New York Times thought they somehow owned that seat and fawned all over Harold Ford for a few shameless weeks. As bad as Schumer is on finance industry matters, .if your idea of a true democrat is Harold Ford, it’s time to get out of your TriBeCa loft and meet other people.
I’m just here for the “Hamilton” references.
The Ancient Randonneur
Betty thought you might enjoy this little bit of Marco memorabilia.
Sister Inspired Revolver of Freedom
Rubio should sue his group of advisors. They had no GOTV at all Nada. Of course Rubio hired and listened to this lot, so he deserves everything he didn’t get.
Doubt that anybody’s up to read this, but here’s Matt Yglesias on the Sanders campaign going forward:
That awkward moment when Republicans work harder to stop Trump than they ever did trying to catch Bin Laden.
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1. Bernie won’t be holding a nationally elected office next year, nor will he be running again for one anytime soon. I’ve been told he’ll be running for reelection 2018 as an independent. From what platform is he going to lead a nationwide movement?
2. If not Bernie, then who? Is there someone in that youth coalition who will assume the leadership of his base?
3. Will the coalition, no matter who leads it, work within the Democratic party or stay outside it? The former leads to a risk of being co-opted by the establishment power structute within the party. The latter risks the movement becoming ineffectual.
@divF: @Adam L Silverman: For me, autocorrect changes Kasich to Katich if I’m not careful.
1. He can start now with his current campaign, and start laying the foundations for something longer term. From there, someone else can build on that.
2. I don’t know, and I don’t think we can know until #1 is done first (if it is done).
3. I don’t think that’s an either/or proposition. You can funnel support to Democratic Party candidates, but also form organizations that can push the party to run and elect better candidates.
@inventor: I’m a bit tired of hearing that she must have cheated* from Bernie fans who do not understand the rules and are threatening to vote for Trump if they don’t get their pony. Hmmm. Where have I heard this before?
*see our own Div F’s comment wrt Pendergast in KC; at least no one was shot and thrown off of Cliff Drive this time (I hope that was just a clever sarcasm on his/her part.
@Linnaeus: It has struck me that if Bernie was really serious about wanting to win he would have done something to aid the down-ticket races, because if he did win he would need those people in Congress to help him move his programs forward.
A Bernie supporter fussed at me about that, asking why Bernie should do anything for the Democrats since they weren’t supporting him. There was no talking to him.
@opiejeanne: Have you pre registered for the caucus?
@Mike J: Yes, did it weeks ago. We are ridiculously excited about this.
I don’t think Sanders actually expected to be in the position that he is now. Perhaps he should have, but it’s clear that he’s tapped into something. If he doesn’t do anything with it, maybe someone else will.
@Mike J: Have you seen recent articles about an amendment for Congressional term limits? I saw one today from someone I thought knew better and just about blew my top.
@Linnaeus: Someone else will have to do so. He’s still a Senator and he’s in his 70s. After watching the toll campaigning is taking on younger candidates I suspect he is in the same boat but possibly tiring.
I noticed tonight that what I thought was a hoarse throat for Hillary is now probably voice nodes. Not a thing that a politician needs.
On the republican side, Illinois is shown as having a total of 69 delegates. Trump is shown as winning the state and gaining 24 delegates. No other republicans are shown to have won any. delegates. What happened to the other 45 delegates?
Well the prosecutor who refused to prosecute the police in the Tamir Rice case here in Cuyahoga County lost his primary.
@napoleon: Couldn’t happen to a more useless prick.
@patrick II: mwait…is this a math problem? Because im terrible at those.
reality-based (the original, not the troll)
@Adam L Silverman:
See, that’s why Howard Dean was the best chairman the Democratic Party has had in 30 years – he was all about developing the bench, developing the state party orgs – ground up stuff.
He spent money on the state parties, rather than on filling the rice bowls of the Democratic Party Consultants claque.
So they got out their knives,and cheered when Rahm, predictably, took all the credit for his work in 2006 and then kicked him to the curb in 2008. .
Seriously – every bad decision the party has made, rahm emmanuel was there somewhere. He’s the Bill Kristol of the Democratic Party.
@napoleon: Great news! That was a miscarriage of justice, fer sure.
After November elections, can a new prosecutor call a new grand jury?
Good morning all.
Buh bye, Marco. Won’t miss you at all.
The Sheriff Endorses Baud 2016
The new Dem candidate is a crony of another disgraced former Dem prosecutor here, so don’t expect it.
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@mclaren: There is so much dirt about to be dropped on Trump that the general election should be fun for our side. I foresee devastating anti-Trump attack ads galore. I just don’t see any attack ads against Secretary Clinton being particularly harmful to her since we’ve already heard all the “bad” things about her.
Ooh, really really very bad.
Das ist fantastisch!
How do you figure? They won’t be turning out for the NRO, they’ll be turning out for Trump. Who they see as their champion AGAINST the NRO types.
Goodbye, Rubio Tuesday . . .
My one hope was that I’d wake up this morning to a headline that said Rubio had lost and blown his brains out on live TV.
Got half, anyhow.
For some reason that smarmy little fuck gets under my skin worse than all the rest of them.
@Schlemazel (parmesan rancor): I drove from Orlando to Cocoa Beach back in ’92. I had a great time there sightseeing.