Jon Huntsman opening Campaign Headquarters in Orlando. Does it matter?

Did you know that a Presidential hopeful will have the his campaign headquarters, right here in Orlando?

You might be wondering, who?!, who?! Which candidate? Romney? Pawlenty? What about Michele Bachmann? Who was the candidate that decided to make “The City Beautiful” the heart of their operation to become the leader of the free world?

Well, it’s former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.

Who?

That would be a perfectly normal response. You see, Jon Huntsman has no name recognition, in fact the number floating around is 87%. 87% of Republicans don’t even know who he is and when I mentioned he was the Ambassador of China, that was in this administration. Yes, he is running to replace the President that was nice enough to send him on a vacation to the far east.

That line on the resume isn’t going to help him in a primary that has zero tolerance for moderation, let alone a working relationship with President Obama.

That’s unfortunate, the guy looks like a President and his wife grew up here. Still, there is just too much lefty baggage and he waited too long to jump in.

Hey, if you want learn about him, maybe you can drop by his HQ, on your way to happy hour on Church St.

Jon Huntsman, a long shot for the GOP nomination for President will have his HQ in Orlando

Texas Politics, Minnesota Twins and No Cash for Cain

We’ve got a GOP Presidential-centric blog post today, let’s get started..

Texas Politics: Fresh off of his lack-luster performance in the CNN GOP debate on Monday, where he stood at his podium wild-eyed and off balance, Texas Congressman Ron Paul buzzed fellow potential Prez contender, Texas Governor Rick Perry. This was reported by The Hill.

“The people who are sick and tired of what they are getting in Washington, they want some significant changes, and looking at this from a free market,” Paul said on Fox News. “I don`t think that he is going to be that attractive to that group of people”

Paul has to be threatened by a Rick Perry run, he has a tough time getting anyone to support him that wasn’t already supporting him in 08′. You can drive around Orlando and occasionally see a worn bumper sticker on a mini-van or Buick Celebrity.

Rick Perry, along with Governor Chris Christie from Nj is one of those candidates that could announce and eliminate Ron Paul from the conversation altogether. Unfortunately, for my favorite wacky, old fashioned, gold prospector, they’ll be another heavyweight to enter this race (Perry or Palin) and he’ll be a third tier candidate anyways.

To the mainstream, unfamiliar with his policies, Paul can come off a little awkward

Pawlenty or Bachmann:In another pair of Presidential hopefuls from the same state, with mid-western vaulues, you’ve got former Governor Tim Pawlenty and Tea Party Caucus Leader Rep. Michele Bachmann. It’s early but, after Bachmann’s great showing in the New Hampshire debate, you’ve got to imagine it’s only a matter of time before these two are slugging it out in the national spotlight. You’ve got to like Pawlenty’s chances of beating Obama in the general election more than, the camera mistake-prone Bachmann. Once again it’s early and if Palin jumps in the race, it will pull votes from Michele Bachmann’s tea party base.

Which Minnesota Politician do you support?

Herman Cain can’t raise any money: Finally, we come to Herman Cain who, over the course of this young race has done well rising from being an unknown CEO to conservative favorite. He exercises great poise in the media and debates well. There is one problem…

He’s broke,

No not M.C Hammer broke or even Martha Stewart broke. No one is donating to his campaign and in a while donors are cramping up writing checks to Mitt Romeny, Cain continues to make the rounds and criss-cross the country campaigning on his own dime. Just like he did when he spoke in Orlando, he is walking off with standing ovation and sitting wallets.

Herman Cain is the Napster of American Politics, everyone loves to listen but, know one wants to pay for it.

Next time you hear Herman Cain speak, give him a dollar, will you?

No Mitch Daniels leaves Florida GOP with little to get exited about in 2012.

Mitch Daniels is out.

Mike Huckabee is out.

Newt Gingrich is probably wishing he stayed out. Mitt Romney still hasn’t come up with a solid reason behind “Romneycare” in Massachusetts and Ron Paul didn’t like the way we killed Osama Bin Laden.

I could go on about Sarah Palin’s faux pas, Michelle Bachmann’s indecision, or even Herman Cain, who might be one of the more popular and well spoken candidates getting called out on Fox News Sunday for having 13 dollars on hand in campaign cash.

The GOP sits ready to spring up and cheer at an out of the blue announcement from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Texas Guv Rick Perry, or Jeb Bush deciding to take the tougher road to the White House instead of waiting for 2016. Candidates that can logically attack issues like the economy, foreign policy, and energy independance and still be more like-able than a President that’s propelled by the pop culture juggernaut that turned Florida blue in 08′.

Rick Santorum? Nope. Jon Huntsman? Please, he used to work for the Obama. Gary Johnson wants to legalized marijuana. You’d have to be high to think that any of those guys have a legitimate shot.

That leaves us with Tim “T-Paw” Pawlenty. No, he’s not a missing member from the Wu-Tan Clan. He’s the former Governor of Minnesota. I explain this because they’re are poll numbers that say only 48% of conservatives know who he is. He’s boring but can actually provide a rational argument that can change minds.

Not the ideal candidate to get exited about in a Presidential race but in 2012, that might be all we can get.

The Best of whats left?

Political Stocks: Who's up, Who's down in O-town

We haven’t done political stocks in a while, let’s try to get the ball rolling on it again, especially with the 2012 GOP Presidential hopefuls turning up.

Who’s up?:

1. Mike Huckabee: Whaaaaaaat? You’re probably wondering why someone who’s announced that they’re not going to run for President might have their stock on the rise. Well, when Mike Huckabee decided that his heart just wasn’t into the idea of another run at the White House, he immediately received calls from Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, and others to offer kind words supporting his decision, not to run.

In other words, they were kissing his rear, fishing for an endorsement.

Huckabee leaves a huge social conservative void in the GOP primary. If anyone can get a picture and a kind word from Huck, they might pick up the difference they need to put them out front.

2. House Speaker Dean Cannon: The big opinion leaders in Central Florida have agreed that the Florida Speaker of the House, imposed his will with the state legislature this past session.

Need some proof? Watch this video from the St. Pete Times.
I’m convinced the guy is a Cyborg, he even snubbed the opportunity for a man who was wrongly imprisoned for 27 years to receive compensation.

Stone cold, I tell ya but, he had a heck of a session.

3. Candidate for U.S Senate Adam Hasner: You hear that buzzing noise?…….You will.

Holding Steady:

1. Candidate for U.S Senate Mike Haridopolos: The State Senate Meltdown definitely would have landed the Senate Prez in the down category but, he offered counter programming in the form of big endorsements from Mike Huckabee and Florida CFO Jeff Atwater.

2. Florida Governor Rick Scott: Sunrail, Governor. What’s it gonna be?

Who’s Down”

1. Donald Trump: Unlike Huckabee, when “The Donald” decided against running for President (again) sighs of relief could be heard across the GOP landscape. It’s been a fast downward spiral for Trump since, the President called him out at the Press Correspondent Dinner, and released his birth certificate.

2.OC Commissioner Ted Edwards: Got called out for using his Amway Center Box Seats to see Usher, Tim Mcgraw, and Lady Gaga. Wasn’t illegal but he could have done without that coverage.

3. The Barking Tree Frog: I hate when animals get dissed. Our friend was denied the opportunity to be Florida’s state amphibian.

Apparently, Dean Cannon didn't care much for our friend here either.

Political Stocks: Who’s up, Who’s down in O-town

We haven’t done political stocks in a while, let’s try to get the ball rolling on it again, especially with the 2012 GOP Presidential hopefuls turning up.

Who’s up?:

1. Mike Huckabee: Whaaaaaaat? You’re probably wondering why someone who’s announced that they’re not going to run for President might have their stock on the rise. Well, when Mike Huckabee decided that his heart just wasn’t into the idea of another run at the White House, he immediately received calls from Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, and others to offer kind words supporting his decision, not to run.

In other words, they were kissing his rear, fishing for an endorsement.

Huckabee leaves a huge social conservative void in the GOP primary. If anyone can get a picture and a kind word from Huck, they might pick up the difference they need to put them out front.

2. House Speaker Dean Cannon: The big opinion leaders in Central Florida have agreed that the Florida Speaker of the House, imposed his will with the state legislature this past session.

Need some proof? Watch this video from the St. Pete Times.
I’m convinced the guy is a Cyborg, he even snubbed the opportunity for a man who was wrongly imprisoned for 27 years to receive compensation.

Stone cold, I tell ya but, he had a heck of a session.

3. Candidate for U.S Senate Adam Hasner: You hear that buzzing noise?…….You will.

Holding Steady:

1. Candidate for U.S Senate Mike Haridopolos: The State Senate Meltdown definitely would have landed the Senate Prez in the down category but, he offered counter programming in the form of big endorsements from Mike Huckabee and Florida CFO Jeff Atwater.

2. Florida Governor Rick Scott: Sunrail, Governor. What’s it gonna be?

Who’s Down”

1. Donald Trump: Unlike Huckabee, when “The Donald” decided against running for President (again) sighs of relief could be heard across the GOP landscape. It’s been a fast downward spiral for Trump since, the President called him out at the Press Correspondent Dinner, and released his birth certificate.

2.OC Commissioner Ted Edwards: Got called out for using his Amway Center Box Seats to see Usher, Tim Mcgraw, and Lady Gaga. Wasn’t illegal but he could have done without that coverage.

3. The Barking Tree Frog: I hate when animals get dissed. Our friend was denied the opportunity to be Florida’s state amphibian.

Apparently, Dean Cannon didn't care much for our friend here either.