Should Republicans blame the TSA for their loss?

When Susan Verbeeck attended a rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney with her two daughters and a friend at the Virginia State Fairgrounds in Doswell, Va., earlier this month, she didn’t expect to be greeted by TSA agents.

But that’s exactly what she found blocking the entrance to the fair: a row of metal-detectors staffed by uniformed TSA agents.
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5 things the TSA doesn’t want you to see

This is a picture of two Transportation Security Administration screeners leaving work last week.

But look closely. They’re nowhere near an airport. In fact, if you’ve ever been to Washington, then you’ll recognize the area just outside a Metro station near a congressional office building.

This is just one the images the TSA didn’t want you to see last week.
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I voted

This isn’t a political blog, but … wait, this feels like déjà vu.

No, I’m not going to say anything else about the Juan Williams/NPR/Fox News controversy, except that I’m surprised my Orlando NPR affiliate took a a contrarian view on the issue.

Surprised, but not necessarily in a bad way. A majority of my readers (about 75 percent) said Williams’ comments didn’t cross the line, and many believed he shouldn’t have been fired.

But that’s not why I’m writing this post. In a seminar on travel blogging I gave a few weeks ago in Orlando, I mentioned that online journalists have a responsibility to encourage their readers to vote.
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Presidential candidates don’t care about you? Vote anyway

Presidential candidates don’t care about you? Vote anyway

To say that the major presidential candidates are indifferent to the needs of travelers may be something of an understatement. No matter what your political views may be, it should be clear to you by now that Barack Obama and John McCain take the jet set for granted.

If the contenders didn’t make their positions clear during the primaries — as I documented in my MSNBC column last spring — then they left no doubt about it after the conventions.

So what? Vote tomorrow, anyway.

Both Democrats and Republicans have given short shrift to the issues we travelers care about: fixing airline delays, affordable gas prices, easing traffic congestion, simplifying confusing travel requirements, propping up the dollar and funding mass transit.

My recommendation? Vote for the man you dislike the least, or don’t vote for president at all.

Instead, pull the lever for a local candidate. Because who goes to Congress may be more important than who ends up in the White House.

Good luck, everybody. Here’s hoping your candidate wins tomorrow.

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