cartoon by Chan Lowe, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Cain and Bachmann endorse in Florida U.S. Senate race. (May 3, 2012)

I thought we’d heard the last of Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, but they’ve risen from obscurity to meddle in the Republican race for the Florida U.S. Senate seat. This may be the last place in America where they still have some clout.

 

No sooner had Mr. Cain tossed his cowboy hat in the ring for George LeMieux than Connie Mack trotted out Ms. Bachmann to prove his bona fides in the wingnut department.

 

Mack has a leg up on the competition, and is heavily favored to win the nomination due to the fact that there are still many Floridians alive who remember that his great-grandfather (of the same name) was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and who think they are voting for Mack I, not Mack IV.

 

George LeMieux is more of a sheep in wolf’s clothing. He’s running as an arch-conservative, because he’s desperately trying to get voters to forget his erstwhile political association with the hated moderate, Charlie Crist. The former governor thought so highly of LeMieux that he appointed him to be his benchwarmer in the U.S. Senate until he could prance (so he thought) into the seat on his own. This was before anybody had heard of the tea party.

 

I have spent some time with George LeMieux, and know him to be a reasonable, thoughtful guy who’s willing to cross the aisle to get things done in the Senate. Which means, he’s sunk in this race—Hermanator or no Hermanator. Too bad for Florida, and the country. A Bill Nelson/George LeMieux faceoff would have been win-win.