The Water Cooler: Florida’s most corrupt; trampling the Constitution; McCollum’s best week; Greene’s strippers

The Water Cooler is a brief look at what people are talking about in politics.

By Chris Ingram

To Hell with the Constitution

The controversy about the NYC mosque being built blocks away from Ground Zero is serving as a convenient distraction for congressional Democrats who would rather not be talking about record budget deficits, Social Security going bankrupt, and the millions of Americans looking for a job.

All that aside, while it is easy to jump on the no mosque in my backyard bandwagon, it is completely un-American to do so. And I’ve got to laugh at all of the Constitution loving blue-blooded Americans who conveniently forget about the rights our Constitution provides for religious liberties for all – not just those we don’t perceive as a threat.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of any faith that treats women worse than a whipped dog and makes them walk around covered in sheets, but hey, if that’s how they want to act that’s their right.

And while it is equally easy to condemn all Muslim’s as gun toting terrorist, fortunately they’re all not.

As such, we shouldn’t trample on the Constitution because we don’t agree with the views of a religion that is not our own. What’s next? If a bunch of radical Methodists take to the streets and kill a bunch of people are we going to start banning Methodist churches?

Yours could be next.

Howdy Doody has a good week

Bill McCollum has had a good week. Depending on which poll you read, he’s back in public favor over opponent Rick Scott.  The Republican Party establishment (you know, the ones who gave us the mess we’re in) have been pushing McCollum hard the last week or so, and McCollum has finally gotten his groove back.

There’s not a whole lot for Scott to do other than dump millions more into TV ads and with roughly 20 percent of the electorate still undecided, it’s worth the big ad buy.  But at this point with momentum on his side, this race looks like it is McCollum’s to lose. Quite a change from two weeks ago…

I already cast my vote for Rick Scott. I voted for him because after twenty years in public office, Bill McCollum is part of the problem not part of the solution. Not to mention he won’t be horse trading good legislation for bad with Tallahassee lobbyists and special interest groups – because if elected he won’t owe anybody any favors.

Strippers for Jeff Greene

Democrat Primary voters also seem to be trending away from big bucks billionaire Jeff Greene. Greene has spent millions trying to woo Democrat voters into believing that a man who had Mike Tyson as his best man, Heidi Fleiss as a houseguest, and naked strippers on his mega-yacht has what it takes to get our economy back on track. I’m thinking not – unless that is, he plans on hiring all the unemployed to become poll dancers on his yacht SummerwindClick here to see the boobies on Greene’s yacht; but don’t open if you’re offended by, well, boobs.

Five Florida politicians make list of 12 “most crooked”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) recently released its Top 12 Most Crooked Candidates who are running for federal office in 2010. While the name of this organization would indicated it is run by a bunch of people living in some Utopia (ethics in Washington?), the non-partisan group has nonetheless done its homework in compiling its 2010 list.

Sadly for Floridians, five of the twelve hail from the Sunshine State and four of those are running for the U.S. Senate.  CREW doesn’t favor one party over the other in its assessments. The four Florida bad boys are: Charlie “pander pants” Crist, NPA; Marco “whose got my Amex Card” Rubio, Republican; Kendrick “gotta’ find my momma a job” Meek, Democrat; and Jeff “show me some boobies” Greene.

Ah, Florida…tropical breezes, beautiful sunsets, Disney World, and dirt-bag politicians.

Libertarian candidate Alex Snitker is starting to look like the best option.

(The fifth Florida candidate on the list is Republican Allen West who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives).

See the CREW Top 12 by clicking here.

Don’t Spread My Wealth!

A video interview I did with Susan Massey of the website Don’t Spread My Wealth can be watched by clicking here. Susan and I discussed Florida and Hillsborough County elections.

Special Political Connections on Bay News 9

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area and have Brighthouse Networks, be sure to check out Political Connections’ special one-hour election coverage this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Betty Castor and I discuss Florida elections with hosts Adam Smith and Al Ruechel. We’ll also be on deck on Election Night starting at 6:30 p.m. until who knows when.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: [email protected].

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