by Jed Lewison
Even before voting comes to a close on Tuesday in the special election to succeed late GOP Rep. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, national Republicans are already dumping on their candidate, lobbyist David Jolly. Their assumption seems to be that Jolly will lose to Democrat Alex Sink, and their basic message is the oldest one in the playbook: “Not my fault.”
And they aren’t pulling punches:
Over the past week, a half-dozen Washington Republicans have described Jolly’s campaign against Democrat Alex Sink as a Keystone Cops operation, marked by inept fundraising, top advisers stationed hundreds of miles away from the district in the state capital and the poor optics of a just-divorced, 41-year-old candidate accompanied on the campaign trail by a girlfriend 14 years his junior. The sources would speak only on condition of anonymity.
Of course, it should be noted that even though these guys seem convinced that Jolly is an incompetent cradle robber, they nonetheless spent more than $2 million boosting his candidacy, not including another half-million from Karl Rove’s political operation. Priorities, right?
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This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth. Two annotated versions of this image are also available in Figures 1 and 2.
Researchers used the left eye camera of Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) to capture this scene about 80 minutes after sunset on the 529th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (Jan. 31, 2014). The image has been processed to remove effects of cosmic rays.
A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright “evening stars.”
The distance between Earth and Mars when Curiosity took the photo was about 99 million miles (160 million kilometers).
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the rover’s Mastcam.
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This is not the sole clever winter adaptation they exhibit. As I recall, many are extremely adept at loitering alongside rural roads in expectation tourists will stop and feed them while taking photographs.