Florida handles its elections the way Seattle handles its snowstorms. They know that big ones happen every few years, but they never seem prepared for them. I’m still at the office, but will be leaving in the next hour for the Ale House where I plan to live blog with Darryl. I’ll also likely be getting updates from my old college roommate, Dan, a former Republican living in Miami who’s been complaining to me this week that he’s needed a Hazmat suit to open his mailbox.
This is an open thread…
[4:40] One other thing that Dan mentioned was that the Cuban community refers to Ron Paul as “El Loco”. El Loco seems to be getting about 7% of the votes counted so far.
[5:22] Finally at the Ale House only to find out that Darryl fucked up the Live blog plan. Jeez.
[5:26] No sound on the TV. It’s set to CNN, so it’s not necessary.
[5:31] Romney won this thing in a landslide, but Newt won among white evangelicals, once again demonstrating that morally repulsive infidelity can be forgiven by the religious right as long as you act like an entitled asshole whenever asked about it.
[5:34] Romney is speaking. I can’t hear it, but I’m guessing he’s firing people on his staff, just out of habit.
[5:37] In re: to Darryl. But I regret both votes equally! Consistency!
[5:52] Rick Santorum being interviewed in Las Vegas where he’s already preparing for his 4th place finish there.
[5:53] I swear to god, I’ve known Darryl for 8 years, but if he shaved his beard, I’d never recognize him.
[6:01] How Ron Paul could have a huge win in Virginia.
[6:07] Newt waddles to the podium. Every Democrat in the country quietly cheers him on.
[6:18] For once, the most cartoonish thing happening in Orlando is not at Disney World.
[6:20] Newt just dominated the panhandle. If the rest of the south votes that way, there will be a lot of disappointed southerners when Mitt is nominated.
[6:22] Darryl is listening to NPR now on his giant headphones. I’m no longer in contention for the biggest geek in the bar. I concede.
[6:24] Carl just walked in. He’s rocking a good beard too, in about 10 years, it could look as good as Darryl’s.
[6:25] Carl: “Does this mean we’re not going to have a moon colony?”
[6:36] Ron Paul speaking in Nevada. That state could be interesting. Both Romney and Paul beat McCain there in 2008.
[6:46] Without sound, I have no idea what John King is doing. Is he predicting a Ron Paul win in Washington?
[6:49] Dan has surfaced in the comments. Hey man, this is for you.
[6:57] Dan explains why Mitt won and why one of the nation’s most notorious white collar criminals is now their governor.
[7:02] Romney did really well with Latino voters. Unfortunately for him, Florida is the only state where Latinos vote for Republicans.
[7:04] N in Seattle is here. All we need is Goldy for the full HA.
[7:05] Will Kelley-Kamp is now here too. Sweet. Live-blogging is likely to slow to a crawl here…
[7:11] Dammit Darryl!! Fix this!
[7:18] I want to send Will to Iran. He needs $3,000. Make your pledges now!
[7:31] Just chatting with Will about how insane it is that Ralph Reed still goes on TV as a representative of the religious right. If Jesus were alive today, I doubt he’d be able to turn the other cheek on that crook.
[7:47] That’s it for me. Will is doing stand-up on Monday nights at Seattle Comedy Underground. It’s $5 for two hours of comedy. Come check him out and say you’re there to see Will Kelley.