And gnashing at the bit behind the gates that open with a shot on Tuesday, January 2nd up there in Iowa with the first stop on the long road of straw polls and primaries leading to the top of the mountain at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, convening on August 27.
And make no mistake, the people in this race to gain the Republican nomination to run against President Barack Obama in the presidential election of 2012, are all thoroughbreds.
Groomed and grizzled and seasoned politicians, and all implanted with that gene which makes somebody believe he -or she- will be the leader of the Western World, not to mention the only person holding the keys to Camp David, along with Air Force One, and their own nuclear submarines.
And, as usual, Florida will play a huge role in this contest for delegates who will nominate that next Republican candidate who will charge the gates of the castle at the top of the hill in Washington.
We all remember hanging chads, right?
Well, that’s not likely to happen again, and if you believe that, then you believe that Chicago voters do not vote early and often and regularly raise their dead to trudge on over to the voting precincts every election day.
But Florida has a trump card to play in the upcoming ruckus.
The solid scolding and punishment this rebel state of Florida received four years ago for having the insoucance to put their primary ahead of the usual suspects in the line-up of primaries, didn’t make a dent apparently, we’re doing it again, muscling ahead of the orderly queue, by setting the Florida primary for January 31st.
And the Florida Primary in 2012 is winner take all.
That means whomever wins the Republican primary in Florida on January 31st takes all of the states 50 Republican delegates to the convention.
Don’t think there hasn’t been a lot of yelling, and fussin’ and fightin’ over this event which will be a calamity for some of the candidates, and a huge bonus and a push in the polls for the winner.
In addition, with that many delegates long before the convention, the money floods into the coffers of the leading man..or woman, more paid media money, and a lot of press attention alongside that big piggy bank.
And the last beneficiary of that trick was John McCain.
Deja vote all over again.
Now, Florida has once again been warned about this cooking the books kind of behaviour by big shots at the Republican National Committee. More scolding and threatening and saber rattling.
But, here’s where Florida’s trump card comes in.
Tampa Florida will be the host of the Republican National Convention in August.
What is the likelihood that the Republican National Committee will risk an all out donnybrook inside and outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum and in every newspaper, tv and radio and internet and live streaming and Utube and Facebook and twitter whohaha outlet beaming all of this around the world, on top of all of the ugliness which will most likely saturate the perimeter of the Tampa Bay Times Forum with all of those outside agitators and Occupy demonstrators expected to descend upon the city breathing fire as usual??
Zip to none.
And, so, on Tuesday, Jan 3, tune in to watch all those straws being counted in Iowa on the first stop of the journey, the long and testy and often boring and sometimes downright comic trip to the White House.
Why, it’s just more fun than a barrel of Klingons.
Fasten your seat belts for the bumpy, and rollicking and vexing road to the White House over the next few months.
We’ve still got New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, and on January 31st, our great state of Florida, and way up there, Super Tuesday in March.
Deja vote all over again.