TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

Tom Jackson

Tribune Staff
Jackson, Tom

See who squawks when it’s a GOP chief wielding the Obama Doctrine

-

This truly is a remarkable new world to which Barack Obama has introduced us: A brief preamble on the history and virtues of deliberative democracy followed by a lengthy lecture on how and why none of that means a whit t...

Back from oblivion: Lerner’s lost emails

-

Meanwhile, back at the IRS targeting scandal, things just got interesting again. Investigators have identifie...

Yikes! Yuletide controversy dead ahead

-

On this Friday before Black Friday, still the official entry point to all that is or is implied by the Greater Holiday Cavalcade, this word of advice: Brace yourselves.

Yuletide controversy dead ahead

-

On this Friday before Black Friday, still the official entry point to all that is or is implied by the Greater Holiday Cavalcade, this word of advice: Brace yourselves.

Liberals’ latest Reagan misinterpretation

-

At least part of what lefties are claiming in defense of whatever President Obama has stuffed into his executive order on immigration (Reagan did it, and so did Bush 41) is — how to put this gently? — a fab...

Democrats’ feeble evasions affirm Gruber

-

By now, only a truly disciplined mind could harbor doubts about whether Jonathan Gruber’s assessment of the...

The Gunner Girls reassessment

-

So now it appears Rosetta and Philae, the deep-space tag team having the closest possible ...

Webcam users unwittingly broadcasting to the world

-

Here’s some of what I saw on the Internet Friday: Cluttered family rooms and tidy kitchens. Vacant pool decks. A dock looking out on sparkling blue water. Lonely front porches. A blue-and-gold striped tropical fis...

Obama’s big ‘if’ looms over GOP

-

With midterm elections all but settled and the historic Republican majority they produced preparing to command the levers of power on Capitol Hill, the only remaining issue of any importance between now and when the new ...

Democrat base: Exploited tonight, laughed at in the morning

-

Increasingly, it seems, the problem with — or perhaps the right preposition is “for” — Jonathan Gruber is the same one commonly associated with locker-room lotharios: Surrounded by fanboys faw...

Gruber on MSNBC: Four vacuous minutes

-

Jonathan Gruber — the MIT economist, well-paid Obamacare consultant/architect and one-man gaffe machine...

Video: Obamacare architect glad you’re stupid

-

Already notorious for explaining why state exchanges were designed to be the only legal conduit for tax subsidies under Obamacare &...

Fasano: No gloating, Pasco GOP

-

My cellphone jangled a little after 9:30 Wednesday morning, all-in-all a civilized hour given the late night from which most political junkies were just then waking. But the caller’s restraint in no way reflected ...

On Obamacare, Supreme Court tees up a mulligan

-

So, what are we to make of this?

Jackson: Still sorting Tuesday’s seismic event

-

You look like the sort of news consumer who’s read every analysis of the midterm elections in the book. So I guess one more won’t hurt.

Gay marriage momentum sidetracked

-

Among the most persistent claims against continuing to defend Florida’s traditional marriage amendment is that few, if any, courts — and no federal appeals courts — have agreed that same-sex marriage...

It was a tough year for false advertising

-

The story of the Republicans’ electoral tsunami has many authors, from disgust with White House incompetence to Harry Re...

Bondi surfs election wave over cringing progressives

-

Among the more satisfying outcomes from the Republicans’ Election Day tsunami was Florida voters ...

Desperately buying Crist’s nonsensical narrative

-

On the threshold of a new chapter in the saga that is Charlie Crist — win or lose this Election Day, he’s turning a page — join me in a moment of time travel to ponder what might have been.

The ‘cancel the midterms’ malfunction

-

Mere hours before the electorate is expected to deliver a repudiation of President Obama — related reading on t...

Voters know whose policies are on the ballot

-

Republicans could scarcely believe their ears when, a few weeks back, President Obama injected himself into the very heart of the midterm election skirmish, under the bizarre notion that he was just the adrenaline strugg...

Lawyer’s claim about jobs should be targeted at Crist, not Scott

-

Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Seeking JFK’s greater good this Election Day

-

Having been reared on a steady diet of, and reverence for, the all-American genius of John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra, I was imbued early on with a sense of Election Day as the one moment on the calendar when o...

Pasco misses neighborly caution on Greenlight

-

Having balked, initially, at supporters’ invitation to endorse Greenlight Pinellas,...

Lawyer’s dopey claim way off target

-

Lesley Blackner, the environmental lawyer from Palm Beach last seen spearheading a (thankfully failed) citizen takeover of development projects across Florida, has returned to demonstrate her special brand of loopiness i...

A ‘permanent campaign’ of too much information?

-

The trouble with William Galston’s column in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal — ...

Hillary’s trickle-down insufficiency

-

So it turns out we’re a long way from being finished with the TelePrompter. Like the White House occupant she presumably aches to succeed, it appears Hillary Clinton, the once and future

Origin of all that #Fangate commotion: Cheatin’ Charlie Crist

-

Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Origin of all that Fangate commotion: Cheatin’ Charlie Crist

-

I am second to none in my fondness for fans. Box fans, ceiling fans, floor fans, window fans (especially the reversible kind), table fans. Whole-room air circulators and fans that oscillate. Maybe it’s because I g...

Democrats’ fiction-based Ebola delusion

-

Welded to the notion that the only proper response to a national emergency is (a) more public spending coupled with (b) blaming Republicans for causing the crisis in the first place, Democrats resorted to type this week ...

Amendment 2 and the whiff of desperation

-

There’s a whiff of desperation on the air where supporters of Amendment 2 once anticipated only the distinctiv...

MSNBC’s problem isn’t diverse ancestry

-

At this point, MSNBC’s ratings would have to crawl back up the sewer pipe just to make it into the toilet, a fact noted by Washington Post

Biden hits the road with Crist’s changeable heart

-

Got an email from Vice President Joe Biden Monday morning alerting me to his barnstorming tour of Florida wit...

Tracking the Constitution’s philosophical headwaters

-

Paula O’Neil’s second annual essay contest for Pasco County fifth-graders — topic: “Why is the United States Cons...

Hookers, lies and Obama’s ruthless consistency

-

From getting formidable opponents disqualified to shaming others of the ballot by

The Amendment 2 theory of inevitability

-

A fresh survey indicates Floridians by an overwhelming margin believe adding medical marijuana to the state constitution is a mere prelude to full legal...

Rick Scott’s whistle-blower implosion

-

So, the chap who tried to derail Rick Scott in 2010 is back, and just as in ...

Obama’s economic insufficiency

-

Was it just last week President Obama, in an attempt to rally his old alliance of supporters on behalf of Democratic candidates,

No whacking citizens ... unless we do it

-

For a guy whose reputation — indeed, his claim on leadership — relies on being considered an unsurpassed thinker and exemplary speaker, President Obama has a bad habit of saying stuff that demonstrates abso...

So let it be written, so let it be done (but only that which is written)

-

The sad condition of America’s court system today has come to this: When judges’ rulings are based on a plain readings of unambiguous statutory text, it’s not just news, it’s Big News.

More chilling news for climate-change alarmists

-

Don’t believe me. I am not a scientist, as my correspondents have been quick to and forceful about pointing out.

Why ending ‘emergency’ unemployment benefits creates job openings

-

Remember the argument advanced by President Obama and congressional Democrats on behalf of extending unemployment insurance far (far, far) beyond its traditional 26-week cutoff as the nation dragged itself out of the Gre...

An Orwellian war on women?

-

The tale of the White House intruder who, back on Sept. 19, got deeper into the home of the president than anyone previously let on gets better: Monday’s original version of the Washington Post story detailing Oma...

BRT is a smarter, cheaper alternative to Greenlight railroads

-

Trains are great. No, really. In many ways, they are the best form of transportation going, especially if you are going from London to Paris or from the

Another strike against early voting

-

Here’s another reason to dislike early voting: It’s the reason Congress is not in Washington just now, avoiding the question of whether it should vote to authorize President Obama’s war-making in the...