I’m not going to comb over that.White House press secretary Jay Carney, when asked about Donald Trump’s endorsement. (via theatlantic)
Mitt Romney in commanding lead as Florida polls open
Florida’s Republican voters go to the polls on Tuesday in a high-stakes presidential primary election, with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holding a commanding double-digit lead in polls over rival Newt Gingrich.
Florida is the largest state to hold a presidential primary so far this year and a Romney victory would give him a big boost in the state-by-state battle to decide who will face President Barack Obama in the November election.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. local time. Most of the state is on Eastern Time, except the western Panhandle region, which is on Central Time and where polls will close an hour later.
Tumblr Insights: Election 2012 Report
With the U.S. presidential campaign already off to a roaring start, news from the Republican primary contests has been a major topic across Tumblr. As we near another crescendo in Florida, we were curious how the campaign—from the numerous debates and rallies, to election ads and gaffes—has played out so far in terms of the type and quantity of attention received by each candidate on Tumblr.
The first graph shows how frequently each candidate’s name appeared in posts. The second shows other tags most frequently associated with each candidate. We’re most impressed with the viral power of one creative concept blog: When Rick Perry’s Unpopular Opinions sprang up as a parody of one of Perry’s campaign videos, he easily became the most blogged candidate overnight.
Our Insights team will be bringing you more data as the campaigns progress!
The National Post’s graphics team looks at key words and how many times they’ve been used in State of the Union addresses going back to 2001:
- Military: The Iraqi war is over! The war in Afghanistan is ending! (oh, yeah, and I killed Bin Laden. No big deal.) We love the military, especially given how well they’re doing after DADT ended. They work well together. New defense strategy to save money, protect against cyberthreats. Tax credits for companies that hire veterans. Seal Team Six.
- The Economy: Everyone needs to play, and play alike. Everyone should have an equal shot at getting into the 1%. Bankers are irresponsible, and responsible for the crisis. 8 million of the jobs that were lost weren’t my fault. 3 million jobs created were. We are going to make new regulations to prevent this from happening. Manufacture is where everything is going to happen. Multinational companies need to start paying taxes (Thank god.) China isn’t going to mess us up by pirating or subsidizing. Homeownership refinancing. NO MORE BAILOUTS EVER. Special training for Americans that need it.
- Manufacture: We are getting to be cheaper than China, we need to bring manufacturing back to the states. Tax codes are going to focus on bringing manufacture back to America. American cars in Asian markets? Good luck.
- Education: All states raising standards of education. Teachers are really important: give schools extra money to keep teachers, and reward the best ones. No more teaching to the test (does this mean no more No Child Left Behind?). NO DROPOUTS EVER (until you’re 18 or a graduate). Stop interest rates from doubling on student loans. More work-study, more student aid for middle class families. Colleges and universities need to work to keep costs down, and states also need to budget money. More science/technology funding in universities, corporatization.
- Immigration: its bad, and there’s less of it since I became president. Immigration reform is a priority. Let’s not deport students, military, and other young immigrants looking to improve the nation.
- Energy: More offshore drilling (really Obama?!?) American oil is going well. We need to develop all kinds of energy, we are looking for an all-out approach. This leads to jobs. We start listing these with natural gas, of course. Really? Its clean and cheap. New incentives: I know we’re too messed up to talk about climate change, but let’s at least talk about energy innovation. Energy-creation on public land to create jobs and lots and lots of energy from an executive point of view, not the congressional.
- Infrastructure: Its time to create infrastructure! Fareed Zakaria is cheering somewhere. Executive order to clear the tape around construction.
- Environment: We’re going to prevent oil spills, food poisoning, and mercury poisoning. Milk is highly toxic.
- Budget/Congress is a Mess: No tax breaks for rich people, and close the loopholes (have you ever seen the tax code? No. No one has. Its too big.) Congressmen are allowed to do insider trading? What?! I thought no one was allowed to.
- Foreign Affairs: Arab Spring is a beautiful thing. America is a pacific power. The enduring power of our moral example.
- Trade Enforcement Unit to look for places where countries are cheating or breaking international trade laws. Financial crimes unit to fight large corporations trying to fleece Americans.
- AMERICA WILL ALWAYS WIN. When we act together, there’s nothing the United States of America can’t achieve.
- Write me a bill. I will sign it.
After millionth government program is announced:
“Where is he getting all this money from?”
“Yeah, you can’t just keep growing government?”
“Is he actually calling for a more hands-on executive branch?”
“The justices just look… uncomfortable.”
“Hilary looks so old!”
FUN FACT: The term for the schmuck who has to stay away from the SotU is the “designated survivor”