3 Things to Know About Florida Politics Now

Former Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running for governor in 2014 as a Democrat. The official announcement was made in Crist’s hometown of St. Petersburg, and puts an end, not to speculation that Crist would run, but to when the campaign would begin. It’s on. Alex Sink (D), former state chief financial officer, who [...]

Republicans Can’t Even Pick a Winner in Baseball

54%

Proportion of Americans who said they didn’t care who won the World Series before the games concluded. Another 25% said they were pulling for the Boston Red Sox, who went on to win, with 21% fans of the St. Louis Cardinals. Among those identifying as Democrats, according to Public Policy Polling, 34% were rooting for the Sox while 16% were for the Cardinals. For those in the GOP, the percentage was Cards 27, Sox 18.

Good News, Bad News for Cruz

15 points

The rise in UNfavorability experienced by Sen. Ted Cruz (Tx-Tea) among Republicans who do not align themselves with the tea party, in a new Pew poll. In June, 16% were unfavorable to Cruz, while today, 31% are. The tea party itself also fell among Republicans, with only 27% of those who think of themselves as liberal or moderate Republicans approving of the movement, compared to 46% in June. The good news for Texanadian Cruz is that among the shrinking league of tea party members, his popularity rose from 47% to 74%.

Standard & Poor’s: Republicans’ Government Shutdown Has Cost U.S. Economy $24 Billion, So Far

$24 Billion

Cost of the Republican Party’s shutdown of the federal government as of Oct. 16, 2013, according to Standard & Poor’s.

Five Minutes That Removes All Doubt About Who Is Wrecking the American Government

This ends just as it’s getting good, but it’s still the most important five minutes you’ll ever spend to understand what the Republicans are doing to end democracy as we know it, and to overthrow the system of government that America once represented.

John Oliver: 10% Approval But 90% Re-Election Rate? Yes.

John Oliver, of Daily Show fame, is also half of a funny, intelligent podcast called The Bugle. Comedian Andy Zaltzman, who lives in England, is the other half, and John recently explained our government shutdown to his countryman. He particularly pointed out the depressing legacy of legislative redistricting, and how it’s left even the worst [...]

Kentucky Proves Republicans Were Right About Obamacare

There’s no shortage of jokes about Kentucky.* Q: What do a divorce in Kentucky, a tornado in Kansas, and a hurricane in Louisiana have in common? A: Somebody’s fixin’ to lose the trailer. Q: What do you get when there are 32 Kentuckians in a room together? A: A full set of teeth. We are [...]

Republicans Own the Shutdown. Next Question?

Never been a president who won’t negotiate the debt ceiling? Never been a president who had to. Let the record show that, as usual, Pres. Obama and the Democrats are telling the truth. This government shutdown is 100 percent on the shoulders of the Republicans, and it could end as soon as Speaker John Boehner [...]

Obama: “Call a Vote, NOW”
Another Repeal Obamacare “or Else” Demand

Remember, fellow Tea Partiers, tell your bank you won’t pay your mortgage this month until the bank agrees to repeal Obamacare.

– @TeaPartyCat, a satirical Twitter personality known at Top Conservative Cat.