'FLORIDA HAS an estimated 450,000 Hispanic Republican voters, most of them conservative Cuban-American. But they are not as directly affected as most Hispanics by the immigration controversy dividing Republicans because, like Puerto Ricans, they enjoy far easier access to the US than those crossing from Mexico.'
'I ALWAYS forget my toothbrush. I travelled to the US last week and did it again. So the first thing I had to do was to go to one of those giant pharmacy chain stores. In the fug of jet lag, I gazed at row after row of brands and types, the raw abundance of American consumerism.'
'Antonis Samaras is facing the kind of dilemmas confronted by Republican candidates running for the US presidency. In order to win their party’s primaries they have to take their cue from extreme political figures and adopt radical positions, while in order to win the national elections they have to woo the center and disengage from such extreme posturing.'
'That leaves Burns' boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who may have ordered the meeting with the opposition as a poke in Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's eye to get back at him for his claim on television that the recent rallies in Moscow were inspired and supported by Clinton.'
Texas Congressman Ron Paul is a super-long shot to win the GOP nomination to take on Barack Obama, but every time he takes the stage during TV debates he expresses a candor and authenticity that endears him to audiences.
'2011 was a telling insight into how low the FUKUS-Axis (France, UK, US, Israel) has sunk and offers a clear mirror-image as to the callous and murderous thieving foreign policy of countries which have lost their way, have lost their sense of decency and morality and which have fallen on the rocks in terms of ethics, entering the sewer of international relations and providing the antithesis of what could be termed a role model.'
But the troubling thing for Romney is the ABC News/Univision survey — which showed Obama with a 10-point advantage over the potential GOP nominee among Florida Latinos. That kind of deficit among Latinos could be enough to cost Romney Florida, its 29 electoral college votes and – potentially – the election. Without Florida, it becomes very hard for Romney — or any Republican nominee — to win back the White House.