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

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.

What would a Trump GOP nomination mean for Florida?

The early seasons of the Apprentice were terrific, but you would never think Donald Trump was seriously considering a run at the White House. Sure, he’s flirted with the idea and it seems like we hear this every few years. It’s a funny idea so, Trump makes the rounds on the talk show circuit, says a few controversial things, and this go-around is no different.

“The Donald” has been riding high on his Birther message, never missing a chance to call out President Obama and the secrecy around his birth certificate. It’s been working, he’s actually found himself leading in a couple of the polls over the last few weeks. That might be enough for the billionaire to actually go through with it and make a run at the White House.

I don’t think he’ll run, I think Donald Trump is an “Amusement Park” politician who, is only running because it’s fun and in Trump’s case to keep the ratings on his aging television show up.

Let’s say the Donald does decide to run, and let’s say he catchphrases and hair plugs his way past the conservative favorites, like Romney, Huckabee, and Palin. It’s unlikely but what does this mean for Florida?

It means Florida turns blue in 2012, that’s what it means.

Do you actually believe that Donald Trump can survive three, hour long debates on national television with Obama? or that the birther message will fly high enough to get Americans distracted from the economy?

Sure, conservatives will rally around him, if only to beat Obama, but you can’t expect anyone on the left or middle to take this guy seriously. Trump does know that $3000 suits won’t fly at a townhall in middle America right?

I was asked about a Trump Presidential run a few months back on TV , and said that it would be a “Political Nightmare”. I didn’t think he would come this far, but here we are talking about it.

So, if Donald Trump gets the GOP nomination, Obama takes Florida. Although, I don’t think the most important swing state in the country will matter.

Trump will have already lost all of the others……Unless, he picks Lil’ Jon as his running mate, then he’s got a shot.

What! Celeb Apprentice Contestant Lil' Jon would fit right in on a Trump ticket

Tim Pawlenty launches exploratory committee for 2012

Earlier this week, in a pretty impressive ad, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced that he was launching an exploratory committee to run for President in 2012. It had “hero” shots at every turn, beautiful landscape footage of “The land of a thousand lakes”; Factories, school children, and every other aspect of blue collar, mid-western Americana.

Pawlenty, with the northern skyline behind him made his announcement and the ad closed with a clean, and slick “Pawlenty 2012″ graphic.

That’s as exiting as Tim Pawlenty is going to get folks.

Pawlenty is a fine candidate, but his environmental record dating back to 2007 will hurt him a close primary with a popular, more conservative alternative.

He’s a cap and trader, that is about as exiting as a glass of warm milk and I can’t see him beating Palin or Gingrich, let alone a frontrunner like Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee.

I wish him luck, but I don’t think it’s going to do him any good in such a crowded field.

In a crowded field, Pawlenty is a second tier candidate