Wednesday, August 29, 2018


I'm impressed by Andrew Gillum, who won an upset victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary yesterday, but he's going to be running in the general election as the living embodiment of everything Fox viewers fear:
Propelled by an endorsement from Senator Bernie Sanders and financing from Tom Steyer, George Soros and Collective PAC, a group dedicated to electing African-Americans, the 39-year-old mayor surged at the end of the campaign....

In the final weeks of the election, Mr. Gillum aired an ad trumpeting his support for universal health care, legalizing marijuana and abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. He is also a vocal advocate of impeaching Mr. Trump.
Soros? Sanders? Steyer, the guy who's fixated on Trump's impeachment? And he wants to abolish ICE? And he's black? That's practically everything on the Fox viewer's hate list.

Also high on that list is gun control -- and on that subject Gillum is also every Fox viewer's nightmare:

Earlier this month, Gillum argued that "Stand Your Ground" should be suspended in Florida:
A fatal shooting in Clearwater last month revived the debate over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law after Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri cited the law as his reason for not charging the shooter, 48-year-old Michael Drejka.

Drejka, who is white, shot an unarmed black man, 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, in a confrontation over a disabled parking spot....

Tallahassee mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum has been one of the loudest supporters of the movement. Gillum has called upon Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency that would halt Stand Your Ground until the law can be reformed or repealed.
Last year, [Gillum] made headlines by defeating the National Rifle Association, which had sued the city over an ordinance that outlawed firearm use in public parks.

The victory, he wrote at the time, "means the next time (the NRA comes) after another community with a lawsuit, precedent will be on our side, and they'll have to think twice."
Gillum's Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, was on Laura Ingraham's Fox show last night and attacked Gillum's record on crime as Tallahassee mayor:
Tallahassee is one of, if not the most crime-ridden city in all of Florida, year after year, rising crime....
In fact, Tallahassee had a 14.3% drop in crime last year. Its rate is still high, however. Urban crime is another subject that gives Fox viewers the heebie-jeebies.

DeSantis also said:
He wants to abolish I.C.E., he wants a billion dollar tax increase, he wants a single-payer health care system in Florida, which would bankrupt the state. I'm trying to make Florida even better, he wants to make Florida Venezuela.
So the Republican campaign against Gillum will be a distillation of every Fox News evening of prime time ever.

Can Gillum win? The last DeSantis-Gillum poll showed the Democrat trailing by 3. I'd say that means he can win -- though doing it will require him to neutralize the propaganda that's most trusted by old white voters, in a state that's full of them. If he pulls this off, I'll be very impressed.


Oops, almost forgot to mention one other prominent supporter, while I'm on the subject of inducers of right-wing nightmares:

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