Part of me wishes I were in Florida to observe all the fun, but as someone whose childhood vacations were mostly in Panama City on the Redneck Riviera, I figure I’ve done my time there.

* Besides, the python problem in the Everglades is getting a lot worse.

* Rhode Island RTL activists aren’t the only ones under the misimpression there’s some central Occupy HQ calling the shots; Oakland mayor Jean Quan is trying to get them on the phone

* Somebody needs to tell the Club for Growth that the GOP Establishment is back in charge: looks like they’re backing a right-wing primary challenge to House Energy and Commerce chairman Fred Upton of MI.

* Roger Ballantine goes after those conservative pols who are forever demanding lower gasoline prices–and then attacking efforts to improve fuel economy.

* Cool morsel from piece at TNR by British blogger comparing their elections and ours: longest UK parliamentary election ever lasted six weeks.

And in non-political news: TLC is planning a new reality show called “Preacher Wives,” based in Atlanta.

I’ll be back with at least one post tonight on the Florida primary results, if only to see if Newt’s new robocalls produced a landslide for him in Miami Beach.


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.