It's Friday night, readers. Hope you have some plans for the weekend that include something from the Weekend Widget in the right sidebar. Glad to help out, you know. Here's your evening Sift.
A- Searching for Signs opines on what went wrong for Mitt Romney.
For what it’s worth, I think Mitt Romney ran a good campaign. He came close to unseating a popular president. It just wasn’t enough. If there was something the Romney campaign could have done better was in marketing Gov. Romney more in the months leading up to the general election. Romney gained a lot of ground in October, but it ended up being too little, too late.B- Doesn't appear to be any takers on Transit Miami's idea to close down streets during during Saturday Art Walk.
You can see some of our recommendations included removing the on-street parking along NW 2nd Avenue during the event, and allow pedestrians to use the reclaimed space. While the WADA cites ‘no interest’ in an open streets evening, that seems to conflict with the overwhelming support we’ve received from the people that actually attend and support this event.C- Gun Free Zone blames Romney's demise, in part, on his failure to differentiate the West Coast Hispanics from the East Coast Hispanics.
The other big mistake was the treatment of the Hispanic population. In essence the GOP thought all Hispanics were of Mexican extraction and played accordingly. The Bush clan was keenly aware of this fact and knew what to say and do. Pundits declare that the immigration issue was a death knoll for the Republicans, but the East Coast Hispanics could not care less about it since the majority (Cubans and Puerto Ricans) are immune from any enforcement of the Immigration Laws and a great majority of other Hispanics Caribbean & South America) came legally or can achieve legal status easily and were leaving countries that turned socialist. Failing to use the images of Chavez, Correa, Morales & Kirchner is inexcusable. The Bush clan was great with Hispanics because: a) They were part of the family and b) knew the difference between what East Coast Hispanics worried about and same for the West Coast Hispanics. But apparently the Romney campaign forgot to borrow the manual from the Bushes.D- Hello, I'm Scott is walking this weekend.
Out of the Darkness community walks are events put on around the nation by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise money and awareness about suicide. Two years ago, I led Team Sunshine in honor of my oldest son Alec who had killed himself earlier that year. For the event, some very dear friends joined me in walking and many others supported our team in raising over $2200.E- A couple local cyclocross videos are up at The Miami Bike Scene.
F- More about the Cuban-American exodus from the Republican Party at On Two Shores, Eye on Miami and The Cuban Triangle. From the latter...
Well, many Cuban Americans call themselves exiles and many consider themselves immigrants. One difference is that the immigrants seem to mind their own business while the exiles want to regulate everyone’s contacts with the island. To date, the Republicans, the party of personal freedom, family values, and free enterprise, are siding with the exiles.G- The rules of voir dire, from Roy Black.
H- The305.Com tells us about the new cafe that's opening up in Wynwood on Saturday.
Graffé Café opens their doors this Saturday, November 10th during the monthly Miami Art Walk. Located in Wynwood, this graffiti themed coffee shop in the heart of Miami’s art scene is offering more than coffee and culture. It will offer a selection American and Latin inspired dishes such as Cuban sandwiches pressed in honey butter and Turkey Sloppy Joes – comfort food for the soul.I- Dan Sweeney of Salty Eggs pats himself on the back for the accuracy of his election predictions.
Looking at those numbers, and realizing that I only got one race wrong out of 187, you’d have to think I’m some sort of savant about this stuff. I’m like the Nate Silver of Florida. Rainman without the social ineptitude.J- South Florida Lawyers introduces Allen West's attorney to us. Great comments.
And you would be right.