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Rush Limbaugh is really a Democrat

Rush Limbaugh is brilliant.  He is an entertainer.  And after 8 years of Bush is clearly . . . a Democrat.

There is no other way to explain it. 

What Limbaugh does as well as anyone is create division.  He motivates his lemmings dittoheads by using buzzwords like ‘socialist’.  

He has led the Republicans in a charge of obstructionism never before seen in politics.  Being the opposition party is not about saying ‘no’ to everything.  It is about working with the other party in order to reach a workable compromise.  But after years of forcing right wing legislation down Americans throats, the Republicans have evidently decided to reject anything that comes from the Democratic Party.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Rush Limbaugh has also made it his mission to go after any Republican who is willing to work with the Democrats in order to reach a compromise.  He is attacking any Republican for not being ‘conservative enough’.

Look at the debacle in the NY-23.  The Republican candidate withdrew from the election after a Conservative candidate entered the race and said the Republican was not conservative enough.  The Republican ended up endorsing the Democrat and the Conservative candidate lost.

Limbaugh is now targeting popular Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist in his U.S. Senate quest instead going with rightwing Marco Rubio. 

Crist would most likely win big in the General Election but because Limbaugh says he isn’t conservative enough is opting for the polarizing Rubio – who potentially could push moderates and independents to the Democratic candidate.

Limbaugh has even taken to criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for not outright rejecting the Healthcare Reform Bill.  Limbaugh acknowledges that McConnell is against the bill but is adding amendments to the existing bill instead of rejecting it. 

“They just need to say no; there’s nothing wrong with saying no to this!”

The Democrats do enough to shoot themselves in the foot.  They introduced a poor healthcare reform bill that didn’t allow for compromise as it eliminated the liberal preferred single-payer option and are now negotiating the removal of the public option.  The bill smells of corporate interests and does nothing to improve healthcare coverage for Americans.

If Republicans work toward this ‘compromise’, they will come out huge winners.  This bill will push many moderates and independents toward the Republicans and will discourage liberals and progressives from voting next year.

Progressives and liberals are thinking that with an overwhelming majority in Congress and the White House behind healthcare reform legislation, a decent bill that provides quality healthcare coverage to all Americans and doesn’t cater to insurance and pharmaceutical companies should have been easy to pass.

Instead, what we see is a thousand plus page embarrassment of a bill that does nothing to change the mess we’re in.

All Limbaugh and company had to do was sit back and point to the garbage legislation that is coming from the Democrats.  ‘Look, the Republicans are working to try to improve that rubbish by introducing amendments to the bill …”

But Limbaugh criticizes the more moderate in his party trying to take the Republicans even further to the right.  In a year (2010) that was expected to see an incredible swing back towards the Republicans, is Limbaugh supporting candidates that are generally unelectable in state-wide elections. 

Rubio is strong in his Republican district but if the Democrats put up a viable option, the Republicans could lose the state that they have controlled in the Governor’s mansion for 12 years.  Moderates and Independents most likely would wind up voting for the Democrat over a far rightwing Republican especially when their preferred candidate – Crist – was thrown under the bus by his own party.

Where Limbaugh is intelligent, he certainly has to know that by supporting far-right candidates he will push the moderates and independents to the left – allowing for Democrats to have a successful 2010 campaign.  As long as he keeps this up, I’m glad to have him part of the Democratic Party.

On a personal note:  I am a fan of Charlie Crist – except when he is running for office.  If the Republicans don’t want him and choose Rubio in their primary, I hope Crist pulls a ‘Joe Lieberman’ – either running as an Independent or as a Democrat. 

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A-Hole of the Year Award – Joe Wilson

Granted there have been many nominees this year.  The most recent was Kanye West , courtesy of his inappropriate comments at last night’s MTV VMA’s.  Serena Williams also deserves some accolades for her outburst directed at a U.S. Tennis Open lineswoman which landed her a $10,000 fine.

But the hands down winner has to be South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson.

58272460During President Obama’s address to Congress last Wednesday (09/09/09) Joe Wilson yelled ‘You lie’ directed at the president’s comment that the Healthcare Reform bill will not provide coverage to ‘illegal aliens.’

In the history of our great county, no one has ever displayed such disrespect to the president while he was addressing Congress.

People from both sides of the aisle quickly spoke up and said that Wilson should apologize to President Obama (including Senator John McCain).

Rep. Wilson quickly released a statement and phoned The White House passing his apologies along to Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

But Wilson’s A-Hole nomination entry didn’t end there.

*  *  *  *  *

When I was a kid, I was taught to take responsibility for my own actions.  I knew to apologize when I screwed up and then work hard to mend any fences I may have broken.

This, unfortunately, is not how bullies operate.

“I’m done apologizing.”  – Joe Wilson – 2009-SEP-10

What occurred during the next 24 hours may have set the foundation for the direction Wilson took and allowed him to walk away with the A-Hole of the Year Award.

Wilson’s 2008 challenger for the U.S. Representative seat was Rob Miller – who is also running in 2010.  Miller quickly rose over $100,000 in contributions in the hours following Wilson’s despicable action.  He is now hovering around $1.5 million.

Chief Bully and unofficial head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh vehemently supported Wilson’s ‘you lie’ comment stating that Wilson shouldn’t have apologized and that Wilson said what ‘everyone was thinking.

Rush’s comments aren’t exactly true.  Personally, I loved that President Obama was trying to set the record straight.  When I heard Wilson’s ‘you lie’ comment, my first thought was ‘who was that asshole.’

Since Rush declared Wilson a hero – sentiments followed by bully Sean Hannity and Bill Krystol – Wilson took to the offensive.

He has been actively tweating and posting on his website.

Here is a sample of his tweats:

“Stand with me against liberal attacks.  Today I need your help more than ever before.  I’ve been under attac.” [sic]

“Over 8,500 Americans are standing with me against the liberal attacks.”

“The Democrats are playing politics.” Fox News Sunday

“I have been named the #1 target by the Democrats and MoveOn.org.”

His website has posted a new video entitled – ‘We Will Not Be Muzzled.’

I’m not seeing much remorse or fence mending.

Just like a bully, Wilson removed the foot from his mouth and went on the offensive.  He is trying to put the Democrats on defense when Wilson was clearly out of line.

Before concluding I’d like to point out, if he disagreed with Obama, he had the right to speak up but to do so in that venue was totally inappropriate.  To take that action and go on the offensive and cry martyr is reprehensible.

Congratulations Joe Wilson – A-Hole of the Year.

What’s the deal with Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh has always reminded me of one of my childhood friends.  Regardless of his true feelings and opinions, he would say outrageous statements for the grand effect.  There would be a hint of honesty in the comments but it was more about the response. 

rush-limbaugh3When I listened to Rush during the Bush (41) and Clinton years, I half wondered if he really believed what he was saying.  I often pictured him sitting in his studio laughing to himself as he imagined his listeners’ response.  Half are probably agreeing with him, the other half yelling at the radio.

As outrageous as Limbaugh was in the 1980’s and 90’s, I think he is even more extreme today.  It could be that there is a huge number of conservative talk show hosts competing with Limbaugh and he needs to keep his market share up and the more publicity he gets the more people tune in.

Over the last few years, Limbaugh’s comments have been shocking to say the least.   He stated that Michael J. Fox was exaggerating his symptoms from Parkinson’s Disease.  His studio webcam caught him mimicking Fox’s shaking thereby completing the despicable effect.  That is my all-time most offensive Limbaughism.

That is until now.  He stated a few weeks ago that he actually hopes that President Obama fails.  Many people have been writing about this.  And you figured that Limbaugh would have clarified his statement, possibly even retracting it. 

But at the CPAC conference, Limbaugh re-stated it.

What is more shocking still is that no one from his own party has called him out.   That is the most telling of all.  Does Limbaugh have that much power? 

Evidently so.

I recently wrote a piece that addressed Rush Limbaugh and the power he currently wields in his party.  {Rush and the Obstructionist Party by My2Bucks – February 12, 2009} 

Rushpublicans, led by the Obstructionist Windbag himself, Rush Limbaugh are going by the mantra: “We want Obama to fail.” Limbaugh has used his daily radio program as a bully pulpit (with emphasis on bully) to shepherd in the Senate and House Republicans who dare to stray from the message – “whatever the Democrats want, go for the opposite and then whine about it.”

I also addressed Georgia Rushpublican Phil Gingrey who publicly criticized Limbaugh and quickly retracted his statement complete with apology. 

When RNC Chairman Michael Steele criticized the Mighty Rush on a CNN weekend show, I wrote a piece that asked the question – How long will it take for Steele to apologize to Rush?  Before I had a chance to complete that article and post it, Steele had already apologized, thus I scrapped the article.

How does the Chairman of a national party cave in so quickly to a radio talk show host – even if he does carry the biggest stick?

It reminded me of the scene in Superman II when the 3 super villains (with the same powers as Superman) reach the White House searching for the president.  Protecting the president, someone else stepped forward and bowed before the evil General Zod – who immediately knew that the man was not the president.

“No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly”

zod

How could Steele cave so quickly?  The answer is quite simple.  Steele is nothing more than the Republican Party press secretary.  He goes on television to promote the talking points.  Period.

Apparently, he has already been threatened with dismissal if he doesn’t ‘leave Limbaugh alone.’

The Democratic Party has already produced a couple of ads displaying Limbaugh as the head of the party.  The absent-minded self-described ditto heads and Rushpublican leaders will be the only ones offended.  Add Fox News to the list.

The rest of us will think it is obscene and pathetic that a major political party has selected a radio talk show host as the de-facto leader of the party. 

But they will never reach the ‘ditto heads’.  Ditto means quite literally – the same.  Ditto heads – think the same as Rush Limbaugh or more precisely, think as Rush Limbaugh tells them to think.

David PlouffeObama campaign manager, David Plouffe wrote an excellent op-ed for the Washington Post – published Wednesday – that addressed this very topic.

Minority Leader Limbaugh addresses Limbaugh as the leader of his party and how they missed the message the American people sent with the November election.

The 2008 election sent many messages. At the top: Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division and partisan pettiness, and they wanted a government — and country — that would put the middle class first.

Watching the Republicans operate this past month, it would appear that they missed that unmistakable signal.

Instead, Rush Limbaugh has become their leader.

Limbaugh, of course, told his radio listeners that he’s rooting for President Obama to fail — and hoping the president’s ideas for bolstering our economy fail with him. For many Americans, hungry for leadership and cooperation, this sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. When Limbaugh reiterated the sentiment this weekend, hundreds of Republican conservatives cheered him on. But instead of rebuking the radio personality or charting their own course, Republican leaders in Washington are paralyzed with fear of crossing their leader. Less than 24 hours after committing the unforgivable sin of criticizing Limbaugh, RNC Chairman Michael Steele felt compelled to publicly apologize. He was not the first and will certainly not be the last.

It hasn’t been that long since Rush and the Rushpublicans were calling anyone who disagreed with President Bush and his agenda ‘Anti-American’, ‘emboldening the enemy’ and many other offensive comments.  How many times were Democrats asked ‘why do you hate America?’

Well, Rush.  Why do you hate America?  Why do you want President Obama to fail?  By rooting for POTUS to fail, don’t you realize that you are emboldening the enemy? 

Think of everything offensive you have ever heard on the radio – this has to be worse. 

But Rush has gotten the Rushpublican leaders and the loyal ditto-heads to jump on his sinking ship.   (Message to Rush:  Americans want Obama to succeed.  We are tired of losing our jobs, our homes and our bank accounts.)

Plouffe concludes his op-ed by opining his take on the Republican stance.

But Republicans aren’t simply guilty of knee-jerk reactions in opposing efforts to reach common ground. They also thumb their noses at the middle class, those who are struggling mightily in these rocky economic times. One after the other, congressional Republicans declared before TV cameras that the president’s economic recovery plan won’t work — that it would rocket the country toward socialism and would only make things worse.

The truth? Obama’s recovery package contains the biggest middle-class tax cut in history. It will create or save at least 3 million jobs. In every community, district and state, its impact will soon be felt. Obama has made clear that this measure, while crucial, won’t solve all our economic problems overnight. But no matter what the eventual impact, congressional Republicans have staked out their position: steadfastly opposing something most Americans see as reducing middle-class taxes and creating jobs when the country needs those outcomes most.

There is still time for Washington Republicans to join some of their colleagues outside the Beltway and become partners in progress. As Americans, we should all hope that happens.

But if the GOP sticks with its strategy of failure as the only option, further eroding its brand with the people who decide elections, we may find out what it means for a political party to hit rock bottom.

Rush and the Obstructionist Party

President Barack Obama needs to learn a lesson. Just because he wants to work with Republicans doesn’t mean that they want to work with him.

Rushpublicans, led by the Obstructionist Windbag himself, Rush Limbaugh are going by the mantra: “We want Obama to fail.” Limbaugh has used his daily radio program as a bully pulpit (with emphasis on bully) to shepherd in the Senate and House Republicans who dare to stray from the message – “whatever the Democrats want, go for the opposite and then whine about it.”

limbaughThe latest failed attempt to reach across the aisle by Obama is the nomination of Senator Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary. The Rushpublican from New Hampshire first agreed to accept the nomination if the Democratic Governor would choose a Republican to replace Gregg.

This particular selection was awkward because Gregg seemed almost put off by it from the get-go and Democrats were bothered by the Rushpublican selection.

Gregg basically told President Obama to shove the job up his ass. (h/t CQ Politics)

“It has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the census there are irresolvable conflicts for me,” Gregg, R-N.H., said. “Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”

What happened to ‘serve at the pleasure of the president?’

President Obama had some key Rushpublicans over to the White House to watch the Super Bowl. This was an attempt to sway a few Rushpublicans to vote for the Stimulus package. He got exactly ‘a few’ if by a few you mean 3 – in both Houses!

Then we have Georgia Rushpublican Phil Gingrey who had this to say about the right-wing punditry as compared with his party’s leadership:

“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” Gingrey said.

“I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell,” Gingrey said.

Rush is not one to take things lying down. He sent an email to Politico:

“I’m sure he is doing his best but it does not appear to be good enough. He may not have noticed that the number of Republican colleagues he has in the House has dwindled. And they will dwindle more if he and his friends don’t show more leadership and effectiveness in battling the most left-wing agenda in modern history. And they won’t continue to lose because of me, but because of their relationship with the grass roots, which is hurting.Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we’ll know it when we see it.”

So Gingrey immediately placed his tail between his legs and went begging for forgiveness on Limbaugh’s program. He also had this to say (h/t to Politico):

“. . . Let me assure you, I am one of you. I believe I was sent to Washington to fight for and defend our traditional values of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, and the lives of the unborn.”

“As long as I am in the Congress, I will continue to fight for and defend our sacred values. I have actively opposed every bailout, every rebate check, every so called “stimulus.” And on so many of these things, I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh.”

Granted, Florida Governor Charlie Crist did reach across the aisle and introduce President Obama in a Florida town hall on Tuesday. Just remember that Rush Limbaugh also lives in Florida and I will not be surprised if Crist faces a tough challenge for his re-election – even though key Rushpublicans will by vying for the Senate seat that is being vacated by Rushpublican Mel Martinez – who has already spoken out against Crist.

We are in for at least 4 years of obstructionist government by the Rushpublicans. It’s time we get used to it and forge ahead with the plan that will rebound this country from the mess left by the Bush administration and the Rushpublicans. Clearly, they do not give a damn about their constituents or this country.

And to those Rushpublicans who get their talking points and marching orders from a radio talk show host – How Pathetic.

The Battle for the Florida Senate Seat (2010 edition)

It has been 1 day since Florida Senator Mel Martinez announced that he will not seek re-election in 2010. He was going to be in for a 2-year dogfight in order to hold on to the seat. The Democratic Party was going to target this race as Martinez is not popular within the state.

He had announced that his desire was to spend more time with his family. That may be partly true since I suspect it would have been immensely time consuming to regain any lost popularity and essentially making up for barely visiting South Florida during the last 4 years.

So where do we go from here?

Names are being thrown around from both parties. The media has been speculating about the Democratic names for a while since it was assumed that Martinez would be the Republican nominee. The names being bandied about from the Republican side are quite tough to beat. Most of the names I mentioned yesterday are now being mentioned plus some that I overlooked / never expected.

Before reviewing the potential names, I need to mention the party balance of the state. Florida leans Republican but will swing to the Democrats with a viable candidate option. We all know about Florida in the presidential race of 2000. Florida did vote for Bush in 2004 and Obama in 2008.

2000 also had an open Senatorial race. Republican Connie Mack III was retiring from the Senate and in the General Election Florida elected Democrat Bill Nelson over Republican Bill McCollum.

Approximately two-thirds of Florida’s House and Senate are comprised of Republicans and the ratio didn’t improve during the 2008 election which saw a strong move to the Democrats nationally.

The Republican names

Without question, the Republican field to replace Martinez is packed with huge names. These candidates are well-known statewide and a number are well-known nationally. Unless something changes between now and Election Day 2010, I can not fathom that the Democrats will win this seat.

The name that must top the list is former Governor Jeb Bush. He was the first Republican to be elected to 2 terms as governor in Florida. He was thought of to be destined for the presidency until George W’s popularity hurt the Bush name. As I mentioned yesterday, the Senate would be the perfect place for Jeb to restore the name and for time to pass so the Americans with short memories can forget the last 8 years.

I do suspect that Floridians have forgotten that Jeb, like W, governed for his party, without checks and balances. If Floridians voted for an amendment that Jeb didn’t agree with, he ignored it. How’s the Florida bullet train doing or the smaller class sizes?

Today, Americans look at Jeb as just another W. In my opinion, Jeb is smarter, just as stubborn and a much better communicator. If America sees Jeb in the Senate for 4-8 years, they may decide that Jeb would be a strong president and quite unlike his older brother.

With regards to Jeb’s interest in the Senate: Reports are that he is interested. He sent an email to Politico Tuesday night saying, “I am considering it.”

And if Jeb does announce his candidacy, it will quiet the blogs as well as the media. I would suspect that most of the prominent candidates from both parties would forego a run and anyone else would be crushed.

But in case he doesn’t run, we should have 2 years of interesting discussions ahead. The rest of the Republican field could consist of:

Marco Rubio – Former Florida Speaker of the House, he is a strong conservative and has been at odds with Republican Governor Charlie Crist because Crist is too moderate. It was rumored that he may consider a run at governor against Crist in 2010 but the senate does seem like an option if Bush opts not to run.

Charlie Crist – First-term Florida governor. He was a short-list candidate to be John McCain’s running mate. He is highly popular in the state – even with Democrats – and should coast in his re-election bid, but his name has come up for the Senate. Obviously, his office has indicated that he will run for re-election in 2010. Crist, for the most part has attempted to cross party lines. I don’t agree with everything he does but he has scored points with me for a number of items, most recently extending early voting hours in the state which permitted more Floridians to cast a vote.

Bill McCollum – The current Attorney General who twice lost in governor’s races. He is up for re-election in 2010 and has indicated his intention to go that route. I would consider him a top tier candidate but well below Bush and Crist.

Toni Jennings is the former Lt. Governor under Jeb and decided against a run for governor.  I will be curious to see if her name surfaces as a candidate.

Jeff Kottkamp is the current Lt. Governor. A sure mid-tier candidate, he will definitely wait to see if Jeb or Crist opt for the seat. If neither do, I suspect that Kottkamp may go for it. If Crist decides to aim for the Senate, Kottkamp may run instead for governor. Otherwise, expect Kottkamp to run with Crist again in 2010.

Connie Mack IV – He currently is the US Rep from Florida’s 14th district which includes Naples and Ft. Myers. His father was a U.S. Senator from 1989 – 2001. This seat is now currently held by Bill Nelson. Thanks to his father, Mack has strong name recognition in the state. I suspect that only die-hard sports fans will have heard of his great-grandfather.

Joe Scarborough – Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Scarborough served in the US House from 1995 – 2001. He was approached to run against Bill Nelson in 2006 which he refused – the Republican nominee was former Sec. of State Katherine Harris.

John Mica – I said ‘who’ when I first saw his name. He is a US Rep out of the Winter Park area. His spokesman stated that a decision on whether or not to run will not come until after the first of the year.

Rush Limbaugh – he lives in Palm Beach. He makes a ton of money and loves to criticize the left. I’d love to see him put his money where his mouth is and give the Senate a try. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Al Franken and Rush Limbaugh were both in the Senate?

Regardless of who the Democrats put out there, it will be tough for them to win. Only Florida CFO Alex Sink has any real statewide name recognition. The Democrats do have 2 years to build a viable candidate – Obama was able to do it on a national scale in that time. The problem is, the Florida Democrats are not a particularly well-run group. How else do you explain their inability to capitalize on a Democratic year? The national party would have to come down here and get involved.

I will discuss the Democratic candidates and any changes with the Republicans in my next post on the race.

Senator Mel Martinez opts not to run for re-election in Florida

Huge news out of Florida.  Senator Mel Martinez WILL NOT run for re-election in 2010. 

The Hill is reporting that Martinez “announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2010, passing on what looked to be one of the most difficult reelection battles in the country.”

Republican Senator Martinez calls out lie by Cheney

Mel Martinez

The Republican Junior Senator from Florida really hadn’t been heard from during his 4 years in office.  The Cuban-born Martinez did weigh in on the illegal immigration issue as well as against the party’s ‘drill baby drill’ position until John McCain and Florida Governor Charlie Crist became supporters of off-shore drilling.

He had short runs as Housing and Urban Development secretary and as co-chair of the Republican National Committee when the party lost seats during the 2006 election.

During the 2004 Republican primary for the Senate, The St. Petersburg Times had endorsed Martinez against his opponent, Bill McCollum.  The Times retracted the endorsement after Martinez called McCollum “the new darling of the homosexual extremists.” 

Martinez’s had indicated his intention to run for re-election but was planning on making the announcement after the first of the year. 

His decision to forego the reelection bid makes the already difficult attempt at a Republican hold even more difficult.

There have already been a large number of Democrats whose names have been tossed about – Representatives Allen Boyd, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ron Klein, Robert Wexler and Kathy Castor and Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

Wexler was an early Barack Obama supporter and was one of Congresses loudest voices pushing for the impeachments of Bush and Cheney.

Wasserman Schultz is best known in Congress as the person who threw the rubber stamps and declared that the former Republican Congress would not be a ‘rubber stamp Congress.’  She is also Chris Matthews’s favorite Congressional guest.  You have to watch him interview her.

Sink is a first term CFO and is married to former Florida Governor candidate, Bill McBride.

I would like to see either Wasserman Schultz or Wexler get the nod though I am a big fan of a person not on the initial list.  My personal choice is Daryl Jones.  He is a retired colonel in the Air Force and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives.  In 2002, he became the first African American to run for Florida governor in 2002 and the second chosen to run for lieutenant governor in 2006 (the only other African American was Republican David Montgomery in 1876.  Yes 1876)

The question is who will replace Martinez as the Republican candidate for the seat? 

Former Governor Jeb Bush comes to mind.  He needs somewhere to build up the Bush name again.  Bush, however, had already declined to run against Bill Nelson in 2006.

Will Katherine Harris have the stones to give it another try?  I seriously doubt it.          

MSNBC host of Morning Joe and former Congressman, Joe Scarborough was also approached about running in 2006.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he would give it a go this time.

My prediction is that U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV will go for that seat.  His father held the Senate seat now held by Bill Nelson.

Other names I can think of:  Current Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and current Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (who twice failed in previous Senate runs, including the 2004 loss to Martinez).

I would love to see Rush Limbaugh throw his hat into the ring.  Rush lives in Palm Beach County.

In order to give the Republican the advantage in 2010, Martinez should resign the seat allowing Republican Governor Charlie Crist to appoint his replacement.

Sources:  Read Sen. Martinez won’t run for re-election in 2010 in The Hill

[Update] 

The spokesman for Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today, “the congresswoman is very happy in the House of Representatives where she plans to continue to work on behalf of the people of Florida’s 20th Congressional District.”

The Sun-Sentinel provided some good analysis for Wasserman Schultz’s decision:

She’s chairwoman of a subcommittee on the Appropriations Committee. That position, known as one of the cardinals who make decisions on the federal budget, is extraordinarily powerful, and achieving it was a major feat for a junior member. And it puts her on the ladder that ultimately could see her ascend to the top levels of government in the House.

“Wasserman Schultz is also unabashedly liberal, something that puts her in sync with her South Florida district but might not sit so well with voters in a statewide election.” 

[Another update]

At 1:50 pm Bill McCollum has put out a statement.  If you recall from a few paragraphs up, McCollum was the one smeared by Martinez in 2004 and is currently Florida Attorney General.

“I have been asked today whether this announcement will have any effect on my plans for the future. At this point, my plan is – at the appropriate time – to announce my intention to seek re-election as Florida’s Attorney General. However, given today’s development, I will seriously consider and discuss with my family a race for this U.S. Senate seat, and we will share our decision at a later date.”

 

Conservatives Are Running From McCain

Conservatives are running for the exits.  It does appear that they have conceded this election to Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the Democrats.   

Rush Limbaugh was never a fan of John McCain.  Watch this clip from early 2008, just one week prior to Super Tuesday. 

Rush had Sarah Palin on his show yesterday and he actually asked her if she had any plans for after the election.  That shows you what his mindset is.