Monday Musings – Gwen Graham making waves, Rubio an attention whore, secession, the Battle of Natural Bridge and the Civil War

flsqueeze5Gwen Graham is making waves quickly as a number of questionable votes have raised eyebrows among the progressive community.   With her support of the Keystone pipeline and a vote against Nancy Pelosi, she is distancing herself from the Democrats and the internet is abuzz with criticism.  However, in the long run, minority party politics depends on getting along with the opposite party and the Democrats look like they are going to be the minority for quite a while.  Gwen Graham is playing the Washington game: her votes were not the tie-breaker for any of these bills.  She is going to have to stay in the middle if she is going to have to take that seat and she has to forge an identity as an independent.  If you want to get things done, you have to show that you can play well with others.  So while I do not agree with her vote, the larger picture must be looked it.  The politicians do not write the rules of the game – the electorate does.  If we want Gwen Graham to vote differently, we need to change the political climate.  Until then, she is going to have to reach across the aisle. -KB@BurnettKaty 

Marco Rubio’s “I need attention” tour continued full throttle last week to media outlets throughout the country. Florida’s Junior Senator continues to speak to whomever will listen and write about him. The idea of Rubio who is favored for reelection exposing himself to a Republican Party Presidential run in a year he must win a General Election is foolish. But one thing we’ve discovered about Rubio since his days in the State House is he loves attention and the Washington DC press corp is often groveling to get a quote from him on anything that seems to happen. -KK @kkfla737 

This weekend was the anniversary of Florida’s secession from the union which led to our state’s entrance into the Civil War.  On January 10th of 1961 in a special session, the elected officials in Florida voted to become the third state to secede from the United States after South Carolina and Alabama.   While the population of Florida was the smallest of the Confederacy, the contributions were huge – cattle, cotton, and food.  Many in the Legislature went off to fight and Florida soldiers died at every major battle during the Civil War.  While most of the literature focuses on the other southern states, Florida’s role should not be overlooked.  When the war ended, even though Tallahassee was the only southern capital standing in Confederacy hands, the then-Governor Milton killed himself at the thought of rejoining the Union, stating that “Yankees have developed a character so odious that death would be preferable to reunion with them.”  -KB@BurnettKaty 
On the subject of Tallahassee not being captured by the Union, this year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Confederate victory at the Battle of Natural Bridge outside the capital. The battle which was long a source of great pride for Floridians has faded from memory since the 1940’s as Florida became a more cosmopolitan, northern and urbane state. But this year the battle should be remembered whatever our qualms are about celebrating the Confederacy. Of course we as Americans are all pleased the Union won the war, but it would be callous to disregard the sacrifices that the forefathers and foremothers of many of today’s Floridians made for a cause, though flawed that they believed in at the time. Florida is a far better place especially for minorities like myself because of the Union victory, but many in our state grew up with stories of the “lost cause” and other southern war history, so we must honor those families as well in this era of ethnic diversity and racial reconciliation.  -KK @kkfla737 

13 comments

  1. Barbara DeVane · · Reply

    She was not in the middle this week.She voted with the Republicans 3 out of 4 times!!!That is way to the right–not in the middle!!!Barbara

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  2. Since her vote didn’t change anything…..it would seem that she was sending a message to both
    the Dems and Republicans in Congress….but if the people were paying attention, strictly on the
    Keystone issue, she voted wrong……but perhaps she does know how the game is played.

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    1. I think it is really interesting that Graham is getting tons of attention for her Keystone vote and Patrick Murphy, who is getting named as a possible Senate candidate, is not getting any attention for his support of the pipeline.

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      1. Katy, we don’t expect any better from Patrick Murphy. We expect a lot more from Gwen Graham. She might as well be Allen Boyd. (How did that work out for us?)

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  3. Concerned Democrat · · Reply

    im not sure how the wall street love plays in rural areas. she doesnt know her own district.

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  4. Concerned Democrat · · Reply

    She is loving wall street whoch might not play well in the rural parts of her district. does $he know that???? This is $$$ play.

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  5. Graham’s votes had nothing to do with reaching across the aisle. They had everything to do with playing to the voters back home. She know that the voters of her district tend to favor Republicans over Democrats so she is trying to make herself palatable to GOP voters.

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  6. Scammed by Graham · · Reply

    While these votes are meaningless, they show that when it doesn’t count, apparently principles don’t count either. But this leaves those of us who supported her wondering exactly who did we elect? We could count on Bob. Can we count on Gwen? Time will tell, but I would not vote for the person who has this kind of voting record.

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  7. El Perro Mordilon · · Reply

    As to Gwen Graham, the author’s opinion is misguided and totally inaccurate.

    Many people have played this game of trying to get along with the Republicans, compromising with them, voting with them, supporting them on the issues and trying to be in the middle of the road. They believe that they can get some electoral support from Republicans in their district and lessened opposition from the Republican politicians.

    These people get stabbed in the back, get targeted by the Republican Party and tend to become one term Congressional Representatives or Senators. Republicans targeted Joe Garcia and spent $5 million for nasty insults and dirty campaigning. It didn’t work for Joe. He would have been better off being himself rather than trying to create peace and accommodating Republicans with some of his votes.

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  8. Few over the Many · · Reply

    Gwen Graham needs to go. I hope Kartik has a different take than Katy on it.

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  9. If the choice is between Republican-lite and Republican, they’ll choose Republican every time. Like many Democrats, I’m very disappointed.

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    1. SO TRUE! Why would voters choose a phony Republican over the real article? They always pick the real Republican or at least in the last 5 or 6 election cycles they have.

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  10. hancockross · · Reply

    I’m not down with honoring Florida’s Confederates even in the spirit of reconciliation.

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