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  • The Republican Plan to Win Florida for Mitt Romney

    Florida GOP logoHave you heard? The Florida State GOP came up with an ingenious and devious plan to win the Sunshine State for Republican candidate Mitt Romney this past election? Just listen to this bit of Machiavellian brilliance

    Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

    Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

    "The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates," Greer told The Post. "It's done for one reason and one reason only. … 'We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,' " Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

    Unfortunately, they forgot the most important part of the plan: winning. Barack Obama received 50.01 percent of the state's vote to Romney's 49.13 percent.

    Ugh! So close, Florida Republicans. But you've got to remember the last part of the plan was the most important part. Actually, strictly speaking, it was the only important part. You can make poll lines as long as you like, but if your candidate loses, the plan kinda didn't work.

    Just remember that for next time maybe.


    Tags: Florida, Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression
  • Allen West Will Never Surrender to Math

    Though refusing to concede an election long after all the votes have been tabulated may seem like bad form, it's easy to see where Florida congressman Allen West is coming from. Democrats would also be eager to contest a vote that threatened one of their favorite legislators. Besides, West has come much closer to accepting defeat than liberals have come to accepting the reality that someone like West could get elected in the first place.

    Still, West insists that Democrat Patrick Murphy hasn't won the election, even though a recount performed at West's insistence has shown him losing by an even larger margin than originally reported

    Preliminary numbers released around 2 p.m. by the St. Lucie County board showed Murphy with an even greater lead, with 65,841 votes to West's 52,704. When those results are added to the final tallies in Martin and Palm Beach counties, Murphy's lead increased to 0.65 percent.

    It's lucky that the deadline for reporting results was Sunday at noon because at this rate, we may learn that West wasn't a congressman in the first place.

    Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Allen West, Florida, Patrick Murphy
  • From the Pork Barrel: Post-Election Bounce

    * Barack Obama's favorability ratings are way up after his win last week, putting him in an excellent position for any major elections that might be coming up in the next few weeks.

    * You ever get the feeling that all of life is but a multi-camera sit-com starring loving crank John McCain?

    * I think Sen.-elect Ted Cruz might giving us a little bit too much of an inside look at his psyche. Some things are inside thoughts.

    * Rep. Allen West has been denied a recount by a circuit judge. However, his petition to change the rules of mathematics is still being considered.

    * I can't believe Williamsburg is jumping on the secession bandwagon like this. What will become of its hipster cred?

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond as Sen. Lindsey Graham discusses Benghazi and David Petraeus on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday at 10:30 am.

    Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: Allen West, Barack Obama, Florida, House of Representatives, John McCain, Polls, Pork Barrel, Senate, Ted Cruz
  • 5 Funniest Local Campaign Ads of 2012 [VIDEO]

    Most everyone is relieved that with the campaign season over, the airwaves are no longer cluttered with political ads. But some of us aren't ready to return to an endless stream of dog food advertisements and catheter commercials.

    Previously, we looked back at the funniest ads in the 2012 House and Senate races. Today, let's celebrate state and local campaigns, the kind of races that have previously given us Basil Marceaux and restored our faith in democracy…

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    Tags: Advertising, California, Florida, Missouri, State Legislature, Television, Texas