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Friday, December 12, 2008

Congratulations Governor And Mrs. Crist

Our Governor, Charlie Crist, is getting married today!

Not since the days when Grover Cleveland flirted like an old goose with his adolescent charge, Frances, or when Woodrow Wilson had the audacity to court his middle-aged flame, Edith, right there in the Oval Office, has there been such excitement about a politician tying the knot whilst in office.

Okay, I exaggerate.

In fact, most Floridians couldn't even tell you the name of our future First Lady of Florida if you threatened violence to their person. Incidentally, her name is Carole Rome, and she's a Hampton socialite who once wrote this in her high school yearbook:

WOW!WhatATrip! RHShasNEverSeen Such A WildBunch!... Mom&Dad:Thx4Evrythg-URThe Best!LY!

So you know, she's got it together.

The bridegroom and bride met at an Italian restaurant in New York City (cue Dean Martin singing, 'when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore'), and a scant 10 months later, he was buying a sapphire engagement ring in a jewelry shop next to a Publix supermarket, and proposing to her after having watched the Rays beat the Red Sox.

They came from behind. The Rays, I mean.

Anyway, Friday promises to be a terrific day for us Floridians. Now that Illinois has trumped us as the national laughingstocks as far as States go, we are looking forward to watching our supple, and tanned Governor become a married man again.

This one-term Governor is hoping his second-time is the charm. He was married less than a year, all the way back in 1980. Not sure what happened, but that's Britney timeline territory. Not good.

Here's hoping Governor and Mrs. Crist will enjoy many more years in wedded bliss.

Keep checking back to this post, for updated photos of the wedding ceremony!

UPDATED AND IN THE COMMENTS: Please scroll up for a blogpost with the photos. It was a nighttime wedding, and therefore a new post was merited.

Also, JSU comments that the Governor doesn't resemble anyone so much as Roger Sterling (the character on Mad Men, played by actor John Slattery).

[ed. vbspurs: Corrected name via JSU)

Hmm. Good one. I don't watch television (just PBS, cable news, and Discovery/Travel), so I never would've caught it.

But "Roger Sterling" could also be Anderson Cooper's doppelganger, you know. And for whatever reason, the same rumours about him also swirl, as with our Governor.

Must be the hair.

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  • I'm speechless.

    Laughing, but speechless.

    By Blogger JSU, at Fri Dec 12, 03:37:00 am GMT-5  

  • Excellent. Midnight laughs are always the best.

    Incidentally, an oldie but a goodie. This is the joke told about Woodrow and Edith Wilson, when they were "dating".

    Q: "What did Edith do when the President proposed to her?"

    A: "She was so surprised, fell out of the bed."

    Boom-tish. Night!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Dec 12, 03:40:00 am GMT-5  

  • This post somehow reminds me of the piece on Lopokova A&L Daily linked today.

    By Blogger JSU, at Fri Dec 12, 03:43:00 am GMT-5  

  • Hey Victoria -

    I'm so sad....but happy for her....heck she was ahead of the game txting in the HS yrbk.

    I hope that the wedding goes well.

    I thought that the Gov Crist guy is to die for.....*spoken like a 16year-old 50 year-old*

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Fri Dec 12, 12:05:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Poor Charlie! Having to marry an actual "woman." Ah well, gay marriage is illegal in Florida anyways...

    By Blogger Zachary Paul Sire, at Fri Dec 12, 03:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • heck she was ahead of the game txting in the HS yrbk.

    That's exactly what I thought, Peggy! Weird. I always believed it was a very recent affectation, but I suppose it's been going on for a while.

    I was in the 11th grade here in the US, so I know about yearbooks. Everyone signed mine, and some wrote: "SIT". When I asked, they said it was short for stay 'in touch'.

    BTW, for me, Charlie is a dimestore Cary Grant. He's handsome, in a matinee idol kind of way.

    I always preferred William Powell, anyway. ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Dec 12, 06:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh Zach, don't be silly. ;)

    If Charlie is as many suspect, then he's doing this with his eyes open.

    With all due respect, this lady is not First Lady material, and if he's doing this to round himself off, and to be more acceptable as a Presidential candidate, then he should look no further than Cindy McCain. That look just doesn't sit well with Americans, I fear.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Dec 12, 06:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • To be honest, I've at times had my moments of admiration for the man. He is one of the ***few*** Republicans to get a lauditory post from me (this one.) Although I suppose it might surprise you to learn that amongst probably scores of disparaging posts about George W. Bush there are at least three times I've praised him.

    Crist seems a decent sort of fellow, just I have serious political disagreements with him.

    As far as the whole 'gay' rumor, my response would be the same as Colin Powell gave regarding the rumor that Barack Obama was a muslim: "what if he is?" There have by now been several openly gay members of Congress, and their constituents don't seem to care about stuff like that. So why would it matter if a gay person ran for President? Sooner or later, it's going to happen, and I imagine when it does we'll find that the fears that some voters won't vote for a gay person are way overstated. I think that the generation of people who really fear gay politicians is getting older and dying off, and young people really don't have a problem with gay people in public life (in fact, in both California and here in Arizona, while anti-gay marriage propositions won, people under 30 voted heavily against them in both states.)

    This year we got a black President. If we hadn't gotten a black President then we very likely would have gotten a female President. So I'd be surprised if it is more than another generation before gay politicians are openly running for the Presidency, and maybe not more than two before one is elected.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sat Dec 13, 12:38:00 am GMT-5  

  • Speaking of Edith Wilson, a number of historians have suggested that she may in fact have been the first female "President."

    Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke late in his term. Virtually everyone agrees that it was debilitating enough that he was unable to function as President during that time. And virtually everyone agrees that the Vice President, Thomas P. Marshall (a buffoon whose biggest contribution to American culture was the famous quote, "What this country needs is a good five cent cigar") was intentionally kept away from the situation by Wilson's advisors, including Edith.

    It grows murky after that (since the cover story was that there was no stroke and the President was in charge) but a lot of historians believe that Edith may have been the one who made the final decisions on whether to 'sign' bills and other important decisions (keep in mind that the right of women to even vote was still a couple of years away.) At the very least, Edith was certainly among a small group of key decision makers who had to both safeguard a critical national secret, and work together to keep the office of the Presidency operating normally.

    If Edith was, in fact, the first among equals in this group and had the final say then she could be considered to be the first female "President," functioning in that role even though she never held any elective office.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sat Dec 13, 12:47:00 am GMT-5  

  • Awwww.

    The word verification just came up on the next screen, and it's worth putting up as a comment.


    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sat Dec 13, 12:48:00 am GMT-5  

  • Zach, you blurted it out! Spoilsport.

    Vic: he doesn't resemble Cary Grant, he resembles Roger Sterling.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sat Dec 13, 01:07:00 am GMT-5  

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