Never mind the tea and the yoga: ‘Father of the Bride’ remains comfortably conservative

Forget the sops to liberal audiences: every version of Father of the Bride gleams with a confident conservatism. Vincente Minnelli’s beloved 1950 original, saved by Spencer Tracy’s wryness and the luminosity of Elizabeth Taylor, unfolds like a ponderous dinner party with sherry to start, lamb course with mint jelly and potatoes, brandy afterwards. The yuks-a-minuteContinue reading “Never mind the tea and the yoga: ‘Father of the Bride’ remains comfortably conservative”

Cuban radio won’t know what hit them

Having concluded during the first year of the Obama presidency that even mild doses of Cuban talk radio whitened my nose hairs, I ceded listening to the aging and the calcifying. Readers living elsewhere can’t know the shockwaves sent when a consortium of former Obama and Hillary Clinton aides joined with George Soros to buyContinue reading “Cuban radio won’t know what hit them”

What Joan Didion saw in Miami thirty-five years ago

WLRN’s Tim Padgett wrote a column explaining the prescience of Joan Didion’s best book Miami: Didion profiled a Cuban exile community frustrated by Washington’s repeated, empty promises to dislodge Fidel Castro — but one that too often lashed out by brutally attacking free speech here if it deemed that civic right an affront to theContinue reading “What Joan Didion saw in Miami thirty-five years ago”

American dysfunction — > American destruction

In two days we will observe the anniversary of the shambolic and amateurish but coordinated insurrection at Washington DC and do nothing. The former president and his underlings spent four years in party undoing a constitutional system, possibly beyond repair, despite their venality and imbecility; imagine a Trump administration as coordinated as George W. Bush’sContinue reading “American dysfunction — > American destruction”

Cleaning the sewers of Miami talk radio

Briefly carless and living at home, I relied on my mom to drive me to a bookstore job many years ago. This period marked my first concentrated adult exposure to Cuban talk radio. She was particularly taken with Agustin Acosta. An autodidact who began as a FM deejay on dance stations for most of theContinue reading “Cleaning the sewers of Miami talk radio”

‘A lot of voters changed their minds between 2016 and 2020’

Erik Levitz spoke to pollster David Shor again this week for a post-mortem on the 2020 election. Now that we can see the results precinct by precinct the conclusions are as sobering as a blow to the chest. The GOP chipped away at the traditionally Democratic African American bloc and broke huge chunks from Hispanics:Continue reading “‘A lot of voters changed their minds between 2016 and 2020’”

‘In the Hispanic world, black isn’t always black’

The Democratic Party’s failure to understand what distinguishes even moderate Cubans from other immigrants will, I hope, trigger an appraisal of their vote drive appeals. I’ve written often about my people’s unsubtle attitude toward their color, i.e. they ain’t Black and, besides, Uncle Sam said we weren’t. Pollsters like Carlos Odio have explained these phenomenaContinue reading “‘In the Hispanic world, black isn’t always black’”

‘People used to say Communism can’t happen in Cuba…’

(Photo by MARCO BELLO/AFP via Getty Images) For friends living outside Florida (the state with the prettiest name!), USA Today‘s Romina Ruiz-Goiriena interviews several Miami-Dade Trump voters to get an idea of the marbles, bats, and gumballs rattling around their heads. The quotes may shock my readers, but as a local I shrug.

Donald Trump and Hispanic machismo

A decade ago, three weeks from an election that, apart from packing Barack Obama’s first term priorities in ice, would show Democrats the peril of ignoring local and state races, a relative and I got into about, what else, the president’s socialist tendencies. Obama wasn’t socialist, he assured me; he was a, right, fellow-traveler. WhyContinue reading “Donald Trump and Hispanic machismo”

‘I was born in Cuba under Castro, so I know what a dictator looks like’: Joe Biden’s Hispanic support

Two weeks ago, Florida Democrats, so accustomed to defensive crouches that we feel no muscle strain, panicked when a reputable poll with fewer than two hundred participants showed Joe Biden had work to do with Hispanics: although Biden is predicted to win them, Donald Trump has cut into his margin, thanks to reluctant Cuban AmericansContinue reading “‘I was born in Cuba under Castro, so I know what a dictator looks like’: Joe Biden’s Hispanic support”