After Tuesday, Floridians won't have to put up with Republican politics until August when the GOP rolls into Tampa for its convention. But in the meantime, Florida voters are making their marks at the polls, and the smart money says the real race is between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
Newt was riding the South Carolina wave until he wiped out in the Florida debates.
Meantime, as if Gingrich’s campaign wasn’t 'rocky' enough, now he's drawn the 'ire' of the tiger.
One of the guys who wrote 'Eye of the Tiger' filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago to stop Gingrich from playing the 1982 'Rocky 3' song at campaign events. No word from the Newters.
Pop songs and presidential politics have been around since at least Andrew Jackson ran for the White House back in the early 1800s. For those playing at home, Old Hickory was partial to 'The Hunters of Kentucky.'
George McGovern used Paul Simon`s 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' in 1972; Walter Mondale used 'Gonna Fly Now', another 'Rocky' song, in `84; '41' used Woody Guthrie’s 'This Land is Your Land' in `88, the same year Mike Dukakis, another Massachusetts governor, used Neil Diamond’s 'America'.
Bill Clinton liked 'Don’t Stop', and we don’t even want to know why.
But Brooks and Dunn have reached across the aisle with their song, 'Only in America', which has been used by '43', John McCain, candidate Obama, and lately by both Gingrich and Romney, although Romney also seems partial to Baha Men.