Sunshine Status

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 123 months ago
Sunshine Status

Republican donors are royally PO'd at the party's Florida office. And not only because they couldn't stop the Sunshine State voting Democratic in this year's election: they're annoyed that the party spent more than $45,000 on a trip to London last summer.

As any man jack worth his hanging chads knows, pretty much the entire planet

was pumped for an Obama victory: the Economist's Global Electoral College map revealed a great Blue planet out there, and London hosted pro-Democrat rallies and election night victory parties. So what were the GOP goons doing here if not picking up non-existent votes? Well, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel isn't sure, but it has released a detailed breakdown of their expenses, including $40,000 worth of accommodation at the Sheraton Park Tower in Knightsbridge, meals at such quintessential English restaurants as Planet Hollywood, TGI Friday's and the Hard Rock Cafe, and a whirlwind tour of sights including the Tower of London and Buck Palace. Oh, plus $236 of "office supplies" at Harrods. WHSmith not good enough for them?

Staying with our tenuous London - Florida theme: a travel company is encouraging US students to forgo the Sunshine State for the usual Spring Break shenanigans and come to The Smoke instead. While a February week on Florida's beaches means wet T-shirt contests, all-night parties and getting laid with all the nonchalant ease of shooting fish in a barrel, London at that less-than clement time of year involves downpours and grey skies. But it's all about the culture, innit? The "London Spring Break tour" involves sightseeing trips, a daily continental breakfast and a pre-paid weeklong Oyster card.

Somehow we can't quite seeing it topping the topless displays of bacchanalian excess in Fort Lauderdale every year.

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Last Updated 22 December 2008