Obama is chuckling all the way to the White House. He knows that McCain is token competition, and that this election is merely an exhibition contest. Had the GOP base unified behind a Romney or a Thompson or a Hunter, Obama would be in for a real fight.
Florida Gov. Charlie Cristannounced today that the state is buying 187,000 acres of land (an area approximately the size of New York City) near the Everglades from U.S. Sugar. The company, the nation's largest sugar cane manufacturer, is going out of business. This, combined with a land swap with another sugar producer, will restore natural water flows to the Everglades after a century-long disruption.
A lot of people have portrayed Obama's decision to campaign hard in places like Alaska, Texas, and Wyoming as an example of hubris -- comparable to the Bush campaign's last-minute expenditures in California in 2000 or New Jersey in 2004. But as Michael Turk at The Next Right speculated last night and Ben Smith confirms today, Obama is actually concerned about far more than getting those states' electoral votes in November.