January 4, 2008


Congratulations to the winners of the Republican and Democratic Iowa Caucuses. It's funny how Florida makes itself part of the conversation when you don't expect it. All through the minute by minute coverage of Obama, Huckabee, and Hillary, I saw clips of the recent agricultural freeze in Florida.

Florida politicians have had little luck of late on the road to the White House. Governor Bob Graham failed in 2004; Governor Reubin Askew failed in 1984. Many wanted Governor Lawton Chiles to run for president, with perhaps Senator Sam Nunn as his running mate, in 1992. Rumors continue that Governor Jeb Bush will one day seek the presidency.

Actually, no Floridian has ever served as U.S. president. And prospects don't look good for changing that rule. One thing I noticed in last night's coverage of the caucuses--not one presidential candidate mentioned the word "Bush."

1 comment:

Amy said...

Generally speaking, we claim Andrew Jackson. We don't really want him, but he was the Florida governor.