2012 Presidential Race Politics

Waiting It Out on the Dividing Line

November 6, 2012

With Florida split down the middle in the presidential race, Republicans and Democrats in Pensacola gathered at their respective Election Day bashes. Both camps were gearing up for a long night.

The Democrats held court at Seville Quarter. They watched election returns on an ABC News broadcast, finding out Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has won reelection in the same hall that his rival Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) had held a rally in two weeks ago.

Over at Miller’s Ale House, on the back deck, huddled around fire pits or up at the bar, Republicans preferred to watch their returns on Fox News, as Escambia County Commission Chairman Wilson Robertson mingled with the crowd after having locked up his own race.

At each party, attendees cheered when their candidate won another state. They nervously watched as Florida became of greater interest.

Up at the bar at Miller’s, a man sat staring at a red and blue patched map on the television. His name was Goodloe Farrington, and it took a moment before the stream-of-consciousness rant kicked in.

“I think when the panhandle vote comes in it’ll put Romney over the top in Florida,” the man said.

Farrington wore a large Romney button on his shirt. He said he voted for the “red team” and that he “use to be a Republican, but they’re not conservative enough for me.”

This man views the landscape in an extreme light. Watching election returns with him made them seem all the more dramatic.

Farrington laid out the stark reality he sees: “We need to split into two countries.”

He proceeded to describe an Ayn Randian vision in which the “people who wanted to work” separate from those “living off the government.” The split is coming, he warned, if Obama wins.

“We’re headed for division,” he said.

Farrington said he loves his country, but not his government. He described President Obama as “a little dictator,” “totally the wrong person to lead this country” and “the most corrupt president since Grant.”

“He’s a muslim,” he said. “He’s an incompetent, lying Muslim. That’s the way I feel about it.”

Everyone on Miller’s back deck—and over at Seville, too—appeared passionate about their politics. Some more than others.

“I would be on the front lines of a revolution if Obama was elected,” Farrington said.

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  • An Onymous November 8, 2012 at 12:36 am

    joe, I hope you’ll find this useful: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/06/austerity-at-work/
    In summary, yes, Fed Gov increased, but by a relatively very small number. The private sector has been doing quite well during the last few years. Where things hurt really badly is in the local and state governments: teachers, firefighters, librarians, civil servants, etc., who were fired, and in some cases replaced with part-timers. Could it be that, when you ask “What now?” your concern really is about these folks? And that “now” doesn’t mean “now, that Obama was re-elected”, since Obama doesn’t have anything to do with state and local goverment jobs, but “now, that we’ve elected new state legislators, county and city officials”? Alas, I wish I could’ve also said “a new governor”!

  • Jerry Gross November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I was at the republican election day event last night. Of all the people they could have talked to that could give a cohearant answer they chose to quote this guy?

    Isn’t this the same guy who this website reported on in May 1, 2010? The report was on dirty tricks in campaign politics. Back in 2008 a man named Goodloe “Red” Farrington Jr. “created and distributed a flier that accused Morgan of singing and dancing at a local strip club. The fliers depicted Morgan with a drawn-on mustache and claimed he danced and sang on stage Friday and Saturday nights at Arety’s Angels strip club. The State Attorney’s Office did not pursue criminal charges in the matter.” It may not be him but how many people in the area have the name Goodloe?

    This guy seems a few sammy’s (pun intended) short of a picnic and the writer is as divisive as Goodloe.

  • Drew November 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Joe: what have the unions and government employees gained in the last four years? Seems to me they’ve been assailed by the current batch of ideologues since 2010. Public sector employment as a share of total is down and not rising. Please at least know your basic facts.

  • joe November 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

    The question being asked around the country is “What now?”

    No one really wants four years like the past 4, except maybe unions and Federal Gov’t employees. Seriously, what are both parties going to do to reach across the aisle and improve the direction of the country.

  • EPenn November 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    And the GOP keeps telling us that the Dems are the ones preaching class warfare! If that is true Farrington must be a closet Dem… ha ha… He better go get his tinfoil hat back on…