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Ear to the Ground

Another One Bites the Dust

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Posted on Aug 7, 2009
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Sen. Mel Martinez will have considerable time to ponder faith, family and country as a private citizen.

Has the world gone mad or is Sarah Palin a trendsetter? Florida’s Republican Sen. Mel Martinez has announced he will step down after Congress’ August recess, claiming that his priorities of “my faith, my family and my country” suggest it’s time for him to retire from public life. Rumors are circulating that “family problems” are behind his premature exit.

Miami Herald:

Sen. Mel Martinez told friends and supporters Friday in an e-mail that he’ll step down from the Senate as soon as a replacement is appointed to fill out his term.

“My priorities have always been my faith, my family and my country and at this stage in my life, and after nearly twelve years of public service in Florida and Washington, it’s time I return to Florida and my family,” said Martinez, who had already ruled out a run for re-election in 2010.

In an extraordinary turn of events, Gov. Charlie Crist, the leading Republican to replace Martinez in the U.S. Senate, will have the power to appoint someone to fill the remainder of Martinez’s term.

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By octopus, August 9, 2009 at 7:16 am Link to this comment

Mel is simply doing what any Intelligent American should do. Sell all their stuff and move to Europe.

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By Outraged, August 9, 2009 at 2:47 am Link to this comment

Re: Poco

Your comment: “To Outraged,
Out of the mouths of fools…....”

So you say that….. whoops, I’m sorry, my error…..

NEXT…...!

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By Louise, August 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

Interesting comments, speculations. But I have one that has not been mentioned.

First consider the mans heritage and race. Could it be he’s had it with the party of no?

Then consider his record of service. He doesn’t fit well with current republican party leadership and philosophy. A leadership and philosophy dominated by racism, albeit cloaked, and stupid.

Then ask yourself, could it be the man really believes in the espoused conservative principles, but can’t find them anywhere in the current cloven of repub Senators?

What’s a man to do when he can’t find his party but has no wish to join another party?

Well he does the only thing he can do, he goes home.

By the way, I think it’s disingenuous to compare Martinez to Palen. She quit because she finally realized she’s to dumb to handle the job! Besides, it’s hard work. But I don’t think Martinez is dumb, or afraid of work. A bit confused perhaps, and disappointed. After all, what honest republican wouldn’t be, watching his party and his party’s principles disintegrate before his very eyes?

Perhaps this is one of those rare moments in time when we actually see an honest republican take a stand against dishonesty ... by walking away.

Or maybe not. Maybe we need to wait for the other shoe to drop. smile

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By Ed Harges, August 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Delicious! Smells like another GOP sex fiasco.

Airport bathroom sex? A succulent congressional page? A tango south of the border?

Tabloids: go sic’em!

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By Rodger Lemonde, August 8, 2009 at 7:40 am Link to this comment
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I have sad news for people. Florida politics, to paraphrase, is ‘a morass, within a cesspool, wrapped in greed and dipped in a swamp.’ Anything can happen. If Marc Rubio is thrust on the national scene you can safely assume that there is no justice in the world.
Crist is merely into being Crist. The Jebster can go both ways, at least he does see a political position as a job rather than an accolade. Florida is woefully short of statesmen, but long on political hacks.
In Florida Republican means electable good old boy and is not necessarily related to national expectations of a Republican.

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By LibertyWatch, August 8, 2009 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

This one is a bit strange? He must have some skeletons in his closet that are about to haunt him? I have seen “family matters” mentioned but that is always a catch all for the criminal Republicans about to be indicted.

In any event it is rewarding to see another model Repuke resign. Now if we could only send the BushCo fascist to prison I would believe that justice does exist in the USA.

Power to the People, Demand Change!

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By GB, August 8, 2009 at 6:50 am Link to this comment
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The republican treason party is coming apart and taking us with them. It’s like a grade B movie where the monster just won’t die no matter how many times you stab it. In their case they are stabbing themselves and their crazy followers are cheering them on as they continue to expose their lies, hypocricy, and crimes. bush and cheney must be proud of the destruction they started. May they reap what they have sown.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 8, 2009 at 5:05 am Link to this comment

coloradokarl, August 7 at 2:32 pm #

How much do you want to bet Jeb Bush gets the seat?
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I wondered about that—but I don’t know how close Crist is to Bush.  They are very different, both personally and politically. Crist is far less nutty-right-wing-nut than Jeb.

OTOH, I’m wondering if this was a move by Martinez to PREVENT Crist running for the Senate seat.

The idea that Crist resigns and his lieutenant governor stepping up and then appointing him isn’t risk-free.  What does Crist do if he steps down and is double-crossed? What leverage does he have to prevent that?  The pressure on the new governor to kow-tow to the Bush Right will be intense.

And Crist appointing himself will NOT fly in a state that could easily vote Democratic. It’s an open invitation to attacks, valid attacks, too.

Pity, because I think if you’re going to get another Republican Senator, Crist is a lot saner and more sensible than most of the bozos the South has sent up to DC.  I believe Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander, and Mel Martinez(!) were the only GOP Southern Senators to vote for Sotomayor’s confirmation.

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By godistwaddle, August 8, 2009 at 4:33 am Link to this comment

Republican, Floridian, man of “faith,” retiring for “family.”  I posit he’s about to be exposed for having a torrid affair with a lady alligator.

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By Poco, August 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

To Outraged,
Out of the mouths of fools…....

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By Outraged, August 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

Re: Poco

Your comment: “It seems that Republicans have gotten caught up in the scheme to buy votes with your and my money the same way democrats have always done. But now it has gotten so costly that our children’s children will be paying for it far into the future. I, for one, am sick and tired of these politicians feathering their own nests at our expense.”

You claim, “Republicans have gotten caught up in the scheme” YET infer, OUTRIGHTLY…..“the same way democrats have always done.”  To this “I” say, who’s your daddy…..“Poco”, who’s your daddy….?

The best propaganda is that which is indistinguishable from FACT.  And so it is in this vein I question your premise.

YOU ARE NOT WORTH WHAT YOU ARE PAID.  Done deal.  Next…....

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By samosamo, August 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

By coloradokarl, August 7 at 2:32 pm #

How much do you want to bet Jeb Bush gets the seat?
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Wouldn’t touch that bet with a 100 mile pole considering the high probabilities of another bush being placed in office and NOT ELECTED.

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By Poco, August 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

ChaoticGood,
This guy never was a conservative. If you have ever tried to deal with him it was like talking to a wall. He has the mental capabilities of a two pound rock. The sooner we are rid of him and those like him, and there seems to be quite a few, the better off conservatives will be.
It seems that Republicans have gotten caught up in the scheme to buy votes with your and my money the same way democrats have always done. But now it has gotten so costly that our children’s children will be paying for it far into the future. I, for one, am sick and tired of these politicians feathering their own nests at our expense. As Mark Twain once said, “There is no native criminal class except Congress”.

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By Outraged, August 7, 2009 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment

Re: PSmith

Thanks for the link, very noteworthy for many reasons.

From your link:

“Also in the NSA, there’s still people that talk to him. He still knows what’s going on. Can he still control policy up to a point? Probably up to a point, a minor point. But he’s still there. He’s still a presence. And again, because of the problems this administration’s having filling jobs, a lot of people who served in the Bush Cheney government, particularly even in the White House people on most sophisticated staffs are still there. You simply can’t get rid of everybody, you may not even want to. Some are professional people. But Cheney is, I would never call it admiration, but, you know, formidable, yeah, this guy. This guy is the real McCoy.”

I agree.  This is one dangerous person to democracy and thenceforth to America.  It follows that if the American Government is threatened in this way, so too is the world.  Cheney needs to be acknowledged in his rightful context, a threat to democracy, America and the WORLD.  The manical little elf wears so many “hats”.

Rumpelstiltskin pales in comparison to The Dick.

History dictates that these types be stopped at all costs.

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By Beltwaylaid, August 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment
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Most likely he will do the standard very lucrative board member/lobbyist shtick.

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By John Hanks, August 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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Even the Republican mafia can become tiresome.

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By samosamo, August 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

Considering the possibilities of another bush in a high government position, I would hope that Floridians would demand a special election because ‘appointing’ a replacement is definitely frought with an inappropriate democratic government of the people.

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By ChaoticGood, August 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

I just hope Crist has the “good sense” to appoint a real Republican in that seat.  Someone who can represent the dwindling elderly white population in Florida.  I figure that some Cuban-American would be the best choice since the Republican Party has a 4% approval rating amoung hispanics overall. I wouldn’t bet against Jeb Bush, but the name “Bush” is poisonous and probably unelectable.

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By coloradokarl, August 7, 2009 at 11:32 am Link to this comment

How much do you want to bet Jeb Bush gets the seat?

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