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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

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 bans are constitutional. With...

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 Reid’s methodical gridlock, but if there is a unifying theme, it is this:...

Bondi surfs election wave over cringing progressives


Among the more satisfying outcomes from the Republicans’ Election Day tsunami was Florida voters’ resounding endorsement of Attorney General Pam Bondi, reelected with a 13-point, 770,000-vote cushion over Democrat George Sheldon....

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 that here — and coming on the heels of William Galston’s lament about midterm elections gumming up the work of governme...

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 is not confined to defending th...

A ‘permanent campaign’ of too much information?


The trouble with William Galston’s column in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal — “The ‘Permanent Campaign’=Perpetual Paralysis” — is that he manages to isolate a real problem, but botches the solu...

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 frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, ...

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 grew up in a Florida block hous...

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 as it became increasingly clea...