Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Hillary Clinton Opposed to Lifting Cuba Embargo

A lifting of the Cuban embargo would impact no state more dramatically than it would Florida.  For the time being; however, it looks as if the new administration is not open to change.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who criticized Barack Obamaduring the campaign for suggesting he’d talk to Castro — -doesn’t back lifting the economic embargo against Cuba — her spokesman said today.

“I think we’ve been very clear that we don’t think the time is right for lifting the embargo,” said spokesman Robert Wood. His remarks came as reporters asked whether Clinton would meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus who returned Tuesday from a 5-day trip to Cuba. They said they hope to convince Clinton and Obama — who is poised to roll back some restrictions — to normalize relations with the island nation.

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“Charlie, do we really know you?”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  From Michael Putney:

All this hyper-Crist exposure has me asking: Is Charlie the genuinely concerned Republican moderate/populist he professes to be (“I work for the people, they’re my boss”)? Or is he a slightly ditzy, disconnected lightweight who has succeeded on the strength of great political instincts, an appealing personality and a Clintonesque (Bill, not Hillary) talent for making you feel like you’re the most important person in the room for however long you’re with him?

He is extremely likable. Heck, I like the guy. But likability is only one small component of leadership — and not an essential one. Some leaders — Jeb Bush, to name one — don’t give a hoot whether they’re liked or not. They’d rather be respected or, better yet, feared. Nobody, I suspect, fears Charlie Crist. 

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Jesus and Tebow outpoll Peyton

According to Flog, Hillary Clinton was the most popular write-in candidate for President in Duval County. Also picking up votes? Jesus, Tim Tebow and Twice Cooked Pork $4.95. How did our local elected officials fair? A big fat zero.

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