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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Sunday, March 06, 2005

Jeb 2012; and then there's George P.

    Don't read this on an empty stomach:
    The latest presidential speculation involving Jeb Bush comes courtesy of Larry Sabato, the oft-quoted pundit and political scientist from the University of Virginia. The governor has repeatedly insisted he's not running for president in 2008 and Sabato says that's "probably wise."

    In his latest Crystal Ball newsletter, Sabato writes: "After all, voters in a nation born of anti-monarchial revolution will naturally recoil from the establishment of a political royal line. After a few years past 2008, Jeb may be a possibility, and who would bet against another Bush serving in the Oval Office at some point in the future? (Don't forget about Jeb's dashing Latino son, George P. Bush, who possesses the perfect profile for the century of ethnic diversity to come.)"
    What an insult to Latinos to suggest "P.", one of the "little brown ones", as a viable political candidate. You know, the spoiled brat who
    showed up at 4 AM at the Miami home of a former girlfriend. He proceeded to break into the house via the woman's bedroom window, and then began arguing with his ex's father. Bush, then a Rice University student, soon fled the scene. But he returned 20 minutes later to drive his Ford Explorer across the home's front lawn, leaving wide swaths of burned grass in his wake. Young Bush avoided arrest when the victims declined to press charges.
    [Police records here]. And, believe it or not, P. has uttered these words:
    "He told the rally his mother had instilled him the values of Cesar Chavez, the Chicano activist who fought for the rights of migrant farmworkers in the United States. 'She told me we have to fight for our race, we have to find the leaders who represent us,’ he said in fluent Spanish.'"
    I'm sure P. will be expressing those "instilled" "values of [union leader] Cesar Chavez" while practicing law concerning "all aspects of corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on investment management; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; securities; and private equity offerings" at that venerable civil rights firm, Akin, Gump.

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