Pretty much as I predicted, Hillary Clinton massacred Barack Obama in the Florida democratic primary winning 50% of the vote, with Obama taking 33% and John Edwards 14%. Edwards has withdrawn from the race and we're waiting to see who, if anyone, he will endorse. Although the Democratic national committee stripped Florida of its votes in the national convention, the State of Florida, a leading indicator of the national political mood, expressed its' opinion strongly.
John McCain handily defeated Mitt Romney, who outspent McCain ten to one. Rudy Giuliani finished a distant third, garnering only fifteen percent of the vote. It is expected that Giuliani will drop out of the race and endorse McCain today or tomorrow and, with that, Romney can pretty much pack it in.
Super Tuesday (February 5th) will be the deciding factor in the primaries and whoever comes out on top that day will probably be the democratic and republican nominees.
I made my final prediction in my journal months ago, but I have no idea which day or month, and I am not inclined to dig it out. To reiterate, I believe Hillary Clinton will be the democratic nominee and John McCain, the republican nominee.
I now have a gut feeling on the running mates and I think that John Edwards will be a likely running mate with either Hillary Clinton or possibly Obama. On the republican side, it is a little harder to figure with Mike Huckabee a possible choice and the dark horse possibly Governor Charlie Crist of Florida. It's really too soon to predict, but that's my current thoughts. We'll see !
AREA 51 at Lakes Cafe should be teeming with opinions as we not only made our decision on the presidency, we also approved Las Vegas style slot machines in three of our parimutual sites, Miami Jai Alai, Flagler Kennel Club and Calder Race Track. These sites have been floundering with the advent of the Florida Lottery and this should give them a good financial shot in the arm.
With these two subjects alone, AREA 51 will be abuzz. The mere fact that the two questions have been voted on notwithstanding, I'm sure everyone will have their own input as to how and why the decisions came to pass. The discussions usually come to an end after the beginning of the third cocktail as no one can really speak Jack Daniels fluently. Conversely, Johnny Walker Black, although a dear companion, is a terrible translator.
The Pictures: The remains of the day, the pics hidden in the nooks and crannys of my portfolio will be the subject of today. What that means is that I don't have any idea what pictures I will run until I dig them out. They'll be good, though.
This Date In History: 1649; A week after having been found guilty of treason, King Charles I is beheaded. 1933; Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg. 1948; Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
Birthdays: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States (1882), Gene Hackman, actor (1930), Boris Spassky, chess champion (1937), Vanessa Redgrave, actress (1937).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: My pal, Victor sent me the following contribution.
March 6, 1836:
It was on that fateful day, Davy Crockett woke up and rose from his bunk on the main floor of the Alamo. He then walked up to the main observation post along the west wall of the fort.
William B. Travis and Jim Bowie were already there, looking out over the top of the wall. The three men gazed at the hordes of Mexicans moving steadily toward them.
With a puzzled look on his face, Crockett turned to Bowie and said, "Jim, are we having some landscaping done today?"
The student pilot was explaining his recent flying lesson to his friend. "It was horrible", he lamented to his friend. "When we got up to altitude, the instructor told me that he was a homosexual and that he had a black belt in Karate. He said that I had to either have sex with him or jump out of the plane."
His friend asked, "Did you jump?" The student pilot responded, "Yeah...a little, at first..."
That's it for today my hanging little chads. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !