Morning Roundup

The Terri Schiavo thing is making Bill McCollum squirm as he runs for attorney general. Basically, he's trying to hedge between, well, common sense and the right wing fundies who will desert him if he takes anything close to a sane position. He'll probably face Skip Campbell in November, and I think this is going to be a tough one for Bill. He made a name for himself as a hard-nosed impeachment prosecutor in Congress, then lost two consecutive bids for Senate. In other words, he has trouble winning a statewide election, because people outside the ultra red zones think he's kind of a schmuck.

Charlie Crist, as quoted in a really nice Sentinel profile this morning that all but annoints him as our state's next governor: "I am pro-life, pro-gun, pro-business and pro-family. That's what I think a Florida governor should be." The gist of it - Charlie's a lightweight, but at least he panders like a pro.

Bill Nelson is all for oil and natural gas drilling in the Gulf, so long as its off some other state's coast. I'm not by any means a Big Oil kinda guy, but this position, always adopted by Florida's delegation, seems quixiotic to me. If offshore drilling will hurt your state, won't offshore drilling hurt another state just as much? It seems very parochial.

John Hitt gets a gi-normous raise, now the highest paid university chief in the state. Which you would think would go to the president of the best school in the state. Um, guess not.

The Israel-Lebanon war intensifies, with no end in sight. Israel takes out Hezbollah hot-spots, Hezbollah keeps bombing Israeli cities.

Check out this sparring match between a Democratic congressman and Michael "Huckava Job" Brown. My favorite quote: "Brown should consider himself a lucky man. Had I known before the hearing that he was up in Baton Rouge ordering steaks on his government credit card at the same time the people of South Mississippi were resorting to police-sanctioned looting to feed themselves, I would have done more than just verbally kick his butt."


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