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Columnist reminds us of the dumb things he said in 2010

Last Jan. 28 there was a column in this newspaper about why Gov. Charlie Crist could still win the U.S. Senate race.

Crist had survived many tough fights in the past, the column said. He still enjoyed "mainstream goodwill" and a 50 percent approval rating.

"As for (Marco) Rubio," the writer continued dismissively, "today's media darling is tomorrow's target."

And who was the idiot saying all this?

That would be me.

Rubio beat Crist by 19 points.

Wait, I got more.

March 23, I speculated that by the time the November elections rolled around, health-care reform ("Obamacare") would have faded as a hot issue, once Americans saw some of the early benefits:

[I]t is all well and good to campaign against "socialism." It is another thing to tell millions of Americans who will start enjoying these benefits before the election that it was a mistake, and they should want to give them back.

Maybe not.

Let's see, what else? Here's one from March, when I breezily regurgitated an oil-drilling study:

[M]ajor spills are extremely rare and even more rare thanks to changes in federal law made in 1990 after the famous Exxon Valdez spill. Much-publicized spills in other parts of the world … would not have occurred here because of tougher safety rules.

So, you see, good news! That BP thing didn't actually happen.

In April, I wrote a column "channeling" the governor and predicting that he would stay in the Republican Party. He declared himself an independent 10 days later.

As conservative friends told me all year, I was slow to recognize the coming tidal wave of the November elections. "The question," I wrote in May, "is how much of this is revolution, and how much is the midterm wash-and-rinse cycle."

Is it too late to vote for "revolution"?

Hey, I wasn't an idiot all the time. I correctly predicted Rick Scott's win over Bill McCollum in the Republican governor's primary, and over Democrat Alex Sink in the general election.

When the Public Service Commission shot down big electric rate hikes in January, I said I couldn't wait to see what kind of strings the big electric companies pulled in the Legislature — and man, they pulled them hard.

Meanwhile, I had a good time with a couple of things even though they made no difference whatsoever.

One was a "How They Voted" series about the Legislature, listing the worst and most wicked bills passed over the last two years, with sarcastic "awards" for those lawmakers who had voted for the most. I am proud to say that every one of the legislators who was up for re-election or running for a new office won.

My other lost cause was the "Taj Mahal" appeals courthouse in Tallahassee that got sneaked through the Legislature. Not only did everybody involved get re-elected or elected to bigger jobs; the judges have moved into their new palace to enjoy the fruits of their skulduggery.

In closing, I am grateful to reader Jesse Califano of Tampa, who sent me a copy of Jan. 28's column on Crist and suggested politely that I have my head examined.

"For your convenience," he wrote, "I've included a partial listing of specialists in your area." It was a directory of local proctologists.

Happy New Year to all.

Columnist reminds us of the dumb things he said in 2010 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 5:15pm]
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