|Ahhh, the smell of pork in the air...|
Today is primary day here, and as always, the lovely and wise Mrs. Graybeard and I have voted. In this case, I say wise because of this observation from years ago:
Preparing for an election is like cleaning out the litter box. It's a disgusting, revolting task that exposes you to all sorts of dirty, filthy things you'd rather never see, but if you don't do it, the job gets even more disgusting and revolting.There have been two statewide races here in Florida that have gathered national attention: our governor's race and our senate race. Currently, one of our two US senators is a temporary appointment. George Lemieux was appointed to the seat when elected senator Mel Martinez unexpectedly resigned (and appears more conservative). Sitting governor Charlie Crist decided to run for that senate seat. When current state senator Marco Rubio decided to run for it, he started blowing Crist out of the water. Crist is widely disregarded by conservatives and libertarian-leaning folks as a RINO. When he resigned from the state GOP to run as No Party Affiliation, it only confirmed what most of us thought. Crist is more competition for the apparent Democratic nominee, Kendall Meek.
The other big race was for the Crist's old governor's job. Current attorney general Bill McCollum is running against outsider/businessman Rick Scott. Bill McCollum is long time insider in the GOP, and has been in government in some spot since the early 1980s. In general, I like McCollum. He's currently attorney general and was the first to sue the Fed.Gov over the imposition of Obamacare. He also is pretty 2A-friendly, and that's really good. Unfortunately, his campaign has been absolutely awful, in most people's opinions. I don't believe I've seen a single ad that tells me why I should vote for Bill, just attacks on Rick Scott.
Frankly, it's all pretty disgusting. I wish we had elections where you didn't feel quite so much like you needed a bath afterward.