Some Interesting Facts About the Florida Primaries

Vox Live Results August 28

Polling got Andrew Gillum’s victory in Florida very wrong. 8 experts on how that happened: Pollsters likely miscalculated who was going to turn out.

Florida Primary Election Results

First of all, Trump and his minions have done a wonderful job of terrifying old white people about cultural and racial changes. Republican turnout, compared to the 2016 primary, increased by a whopping 13.5 percent.

Way to go, Trump!

Unfortunately for the angry, terrified, old white people, Trump and the Trumpistas also did a terrific job of frightening the rest of Florida’s population. Democratic primary turnout, as compared to 2016, increased by 35 percent.

About 1,510,000 Democrats turned out to vote in the Florida primary, as did some 1,618,000 Republicans.

There were two serious candidates in the Republican primary for governor, Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam, along with several single-digit losers. DeSantis, the victor, running as Trump’s lickspittle—and trumpeting his Trump endorsement—got about 56 percent of the Republican vote. Putnam, an establishment type who argued that DeSantis was just a Trump puppet, got 37 percent of the Republican vote. The rest also ran.

In sum, 914,000 Florida Republican primary voters cast their votes for the Trump Bootlicker, while 704,000 exercised their franchise for Someone Else.

Meanwhile, among Florida’s Democratic primary voters, young people and African-Americans turned out in far greater numbers than any of the pollsters had predicted.

It is in this context that Congressman DeSantis has chosen to gin up his supporters by describing his opponent as an articulate performing monkey.


Do Not Despair of Our Present Difficulties

McCain’s Final Statement:

My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,

Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.

I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.

I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America. To be connected to America’s causes — liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people — brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

‘Fellow Americans’ — that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.

Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.

I feel it powerfully still.

Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.

Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.

Aardvark Prophesies

the Greenbriar


The immediately preceding post comments on the “evangelical” “leaders’” expulsion of Jeff Session from their island—and their promise to Trump that they will cheerfully lead their segment of the Republican base loudly to applaud any obstruction of justice in which he might wish to indulge. And see also Once-loyal Alabama delegation gives Sessions the cold shoulder—a situation that has resulted in my friend Hans’ experiencing intense Schadenfreude.

So, for the moment, Dr. Faustus is still sticking with the devil, hoping against hope that the really bad bargain he made will work out in the end, after all.

But Faustian bargains never work out.

Aardvark still prophesies that, when the jig is about up, the court evangelicals will gather at some suitable watering spot—I strongly recommend the Greenbrier, where so many corporate conspiracies have been hatched—and receive a revelation from the Holy Ghost that God no longer supports Donald Trump.

If they could throw their good bud Jeff Sessions under the bus, then, Donald, the same fate surely awaits you.

And here is the icing on the cake: the “evangelical leaders” are accusing Sessions of being a hypocrite.

pot and kettle

Meanwhile, In Other News

Facing severe criticism over its flag policy during John McCain Adulation Week, the White House has changed its policy.

white house flag

Scribes and Pharisees Expel Jeff Sessions from their Ranks


And, May I Say, It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy

Jerry Falwell Jr. says he told Trump to fire Sessions

Jerry Falwell Jr., a top conservative religious leader, said Monday he urged President Donald Trump to fire Jeff Sessions over his handling of investigations into Russian election meddling, saying the attorney general has lost evangelicals’ support. …

In forsaking Sessions, faith leaders are turning on one of their own, a man who for decades fought in the political trenches for conservative Christian causes. As a senator from Alabama, Sessions was one of the first Republicans to endorse Trump’s long-shot presidential campaign, taking heat from his party in return. …

“There’s growing disillusionment in the conservative faith-based community” with Sessions, said Gary Bauer, president of American Values, an educational non-profit group. …

At an Aug. 8 speech, the attorney general received a standing ovation from faith leaders after he praised the Trump administration’s record.

“The people of this nation are still the most religious nation in the developed world. Yet people of faith are facing a new hostility. Really, a bigoted ideology which is founded on animus towards people of faith,” Sessions told the assembly at Alliance Defending Freedom.

“Fortunately, President Donald Trump has heard these concerns,” Sessions said. “He made a promise — and from day one of this administration he has delivered. He is defending religious freedom at home and abroad.”