Politico’s Jonathan Martin recently mocked conservatives in Florida, by calling the northern Florida counties on the border “cracker counties”. When confronted about the slur, he tried to walk it back, stating “In the Florida political-cultural parlance, it refers to a Florida native. It is as anybody down there who knows Florida culture knows politics well a term of endearment, and widely used.”
Now I am an “anybody down there” native Floridian, and I know for a fact the actual derivation of the term “cracker”. Furthermore, it absolutely is not a term used to refer to all native Floridians. The comments on those two blog posts ran the gamut, and of course, we got around to the carpetbagging snowbirds, etc. And my fellow NB’er, GW, posted a fabulous Florida joke, which needs sharing:
A Greyhound bus was driving cross-country with a guy each from Idaho, Iowa, New York, and Florida. After a ways, the guy from Idaho opens the window and throws out a bag of potatoes, explaining that he’s going back home where there are plenty of potatoes, so he doesn’t have to lug that heavy bag around any more. After another ways, the guy from Iowa throws out his heavy bag of corn. After another ways, the guy from Florida opens his window and throws out the New Yorker.
That covers my basic sentiment about the Carpetbaggers (including Jonathan Martin).
~ Blonde Gator