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Dave Barry's guide to Florida

Posted by Delia Cabe  January 28, 2012 01:08 PM

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You may be wondering whether the Republican presidential wannabes are experiencing the real Sunshine State as they criss-cross the Florida while steering clear of its alligators. Come to think of it, their sniping seems like alligators skirmishing over territory.

The candidates might do better listening to humorist Dave Barry for a better understanding of Florida voters. Barry, as you know, lives in Miami and has observed the best and worst of life in Florida over many years, which he's written about in his columns. (Barry writes that, by the end of 2011, the most memorable quote uttered during "approximately 249 Republican-presidential-contender televised debates" was "Oops.") And if you, too, are trying to figure out whom Floridians want to run against President Obama in November, perhaps this clip featuring writer Dave Barry will give you some insight into what makes them tick. Maybe Barry should become a pollster. (Remember his columns about worst songs ever based on a survey of his readers?)

By the way, you can catch Dave Barry, himself a former presidential candidate, on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. On the talk show, Barry poked fun at the TV and radio campaign ads bombarding Florida before Tuesday's primary. I wish Barry had more time to speak during the program. Alas.

For more Barry wit on presidential campaigning, read his classic column about a 1999 presidential candidate named Donald Trump. That was no typo. Twelve years later and The Donald is still threatening to run. He said so today on Face the Nation.

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Delia Cabe's work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Self, Prevention, Scientific American Presents, and other publications. In between posts, you can read Cabe's tweets at http://twitter.com/#!/DeliaCabe, More »

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