Just some Friday night RNC reading
1. Florida is a complicated state, a mix of big-city cosmopolitans, old-school evangelicals, African American populations, soldiers and military folks and new and long-time-resident Hispanics. The Patchwork Nation demographic/geographic breakdown has identified 12 different types of counties in the U.S. and 10 of those types are present in the Sunshine State –everything but the Mormon Outposts and agricultural Tractor Country.
2. And if Florida is a swing state and the I-4 is its swing region, then Hillsborough is its most swinging county, so to speak. Since 1992, Hillsborough has sided with the winner of the state every time.
3. Like much of Florida, Hillsborough has suffered mightily in the past few years in the housing crisis. The county is a Boom Town in Patchwork Nation and as in many Boom Towns, where construction once was a major source of economic growth and jobs, foreclosures have become a troubling way of life.
Dana Milbank in the Washington Post: Taken as a whole, the platform makes the Republican Party appear angry, inward-looking and more than a little paranoid. No less a Republican than Reince Priebus, the national committee chairman, tried to insulate the party’s nominee from the GOP’s own policies. “This is the platform of the Republican Party,” he told MSNBC. “It’s not the platform of Mitt Romney.”
Sasha Issenberg on Slate: These days, it seems that the corporate-advertising world has healthier and more intellectually honest conversations than political consultants about what a single ad can or cannot do for its products.
Politico's Dylan Byers on the 21-minute news cycle: One question that is likely to linger long after the dust of the 2012 campaign has settled is this: When things are happening this quickly, do voters even notice or care? Or is it all just inside baseball — reporters and political strategists playing their own game without any spectators in the stadium?