5 things I think I think about today's Tampa Bay Times

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First of all, thank you Stephanie Hayes (@StephHayes) for live tweeting to “Liz and Dick,” Lifetime’s atrocious movie chronicling the relationship of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. While I can imagine sitting through a screening of this “peculiar, drab, damp little TV-movie,” Hayes tweets were definitely worth following.

Another note about the extracurricular activities of Times reporters … shouldn’t there be a caption contest connected to this photo of Michael Kruse at a recent TedX conference:

Kruse knows he is channeling Tom Cruise as Frank T.J. Mackey in Magnolia, right?

At least Kruse’s vest is not as cringe-worthy as this one.

The wearer of that vest, Adam Smith, offers a blog post which is getting a lot of buzz in national political circles. Smith writes that the gravest threat to Marco Rubio’s presidential ambitions is not Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat, but Jeb Bush. “For political junkies already keeping tabs, Bush had a far better last week than Rubio,” writes Smith. “The former governor drew a gushing front page New York Times story about his potential presidential candidacy. Rubio, meanwhile, drew a slew of publicity over a GQ interview in which he said he didn’t know whether evolution or creationism was more on the mark.”

For my money, Smith’s colleague at the Miami Herald, Marc Caputo, best describes what’s really going on behind all of the Bush/Rubio speculation. He calls it the “Elections Industrial Complex” and warns “we are in a state of constant campaigns brought to you by the political-consultant class, polarizing bloggers, cable TV personalities, political reporters and the ubiquitous partisan trolls who patrol Twitter in search of the latest outrage.”

That reminds me … I need to finish this post so I can get back to writing about Rubio’s recent trip to Iowa.

2016 isn’t waiting on anyone.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.