Here’s Ybor City, which is Tampa’s smaller-scale answer to NOLA’s French Quarter:
People used to call it the “Latin Quarter,” but now it’s just Ybor, a fun spot, except for the people who have to rise at 5:00 AM to hose the vomit off the sidewalks.
Speaking of Tampa, this article, entitled “Scott, Crist ads malign, mislead,” published in today’s Tampa Tribune, is a textbook case of both-sides-do-it-ism. The author describes and analyzes a handful of attack ads run by the campaigns and supporters of Governor Rick “Voldemort” Scott and the likely Democratic challenger, former Governor Charlie “Changeling” Crist. Then the author concludes that everyone is maligning and misleading to beat the band, you guys! At least, that’s what the headline, intro and outro imply.
But if you actually read the article, it’s pretty clear that the ads run by Voldy and crew are based mostly on made-up shit, such as Crist is responsible for all the ills that befell Florida after economy shit the bed. Whereas the article scolds Team Charlie for implying that Voldy took the Fifth 400 times during a deposition because he’s a crook, which they deem unfair since Voldy was never actually convicted. (He had floated away on his golden parachute after paying out the largest settlement for corporate malfeasance in history.) It’s not the same thing, and the reporter must know that.
Also, speaking of vomit, there’s this lament at Salon: “My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats.” I have enough sympathy with that view that I occasionally run afoul of the “My Obama, Right or Wrong” peeps on this here blog, but the author of that piece lays some steaming turds alongside the sprinkling of valid points. Here’s one such dropping:
In America the Tea Party has been crying crony capitalism since the Bush bailout and Obama stimulus.
Bullshit and more bullshit. The loose confederation of Koch-funded, Astro-Turf groups known as “the tea party” didn’t give a flying fuck about the “Bush bailout” until Obama started administering it. I’ll believe they’re serious about crony capitalism the day they can demonstrate that they questioned the hundreds of billions poured down the Iraq rathole via the Halliburton funnel with the same intensity with which they screeched about Solyndra.
Obama’s economic team is a bit Wall Street heavy for my tastes too, and too many Dems are in the tank for local financial industry concerns (NY, DE), but there’s a reason the hedge fund barons have turned on Obama: The administration and the Democrats did toughen financial regulations despite the hysterical opposition they faced every goddamn step of the way, and from those self-same crony capitalism-fighting “tea party” types.
I’m all for beating the tea party to the “populism” punch — I think it’s really important, in fact — but let’s not pretend those so-cons in patriot drag are sincere about it. If the author of that piece doesn’t get that, there’s little point in crediting the rest of his analysis.