Incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson leads conservative challenger, Ft. Myers area Congressman Connie Mack IV, by double digits in most polls. This is more a function of Mack’s weakness as a candidate than Nelson’s strengths.
Predictably, the mainstream media in Florida are doing what they can to help the liberal candidate out, in this case by insisting on referring to Nelson as a “moderate” or a “centrist.” Florida journalists usually source national outfits like Congressional Quarterly or Cook Political Report for Nelson’s middle-of-the-road bona fides.
Cook, for example, listed Nelson as one of the 19 senators closest to the center in 2011 (center of what, they don’t say) with votes that broke down 63.5 percent liberal and 36.5 percent conservative. Here we have another clear case of liberal arithmetic. In a nation whose citizens self-identify as conservative over liberal by two to one, a two to one liberal voting record puts you in the “center.” If this is “middle-of-the-road,” where the hell is this road taking us?
So let’s look at what Nelson has voted for and done while still managing to be labeled a centrist: Obama’s “stimulus” slush fund, Obamacare, open gays in the military, cap and trade, and Dodd-Frank. He attacks all efforts to get non-citizens and felons off the voting rolls as racist. He’s voted with the Obama administration north of 97 percent of the time while our rookie president has tried to fundamentally change our country.
There’s an old showbiz maxim, attributed to various actors and comedians over the years: “Dying is easy — comedy is hard.” There’s at least one thing even harder than comedy — to get labeled a liberal by the mainstream media.