We got to the Gulf Coast on the Florida panhandle on the night of the anniversary of the Deep Water Horizon oil rig explosion. Vigils were being held along the coast from Florida to Louisiana. Earlier in the day, Florida Governor Scott was hop-scotching the panhandle eating seafood and saying the area was again safe for tourists. Meanwhile, National Geographic reported after the spill that while the surface of the water may appear clean, down below an oil plume the size of Manhattan was discovered, along with any number of other plumes. And the phyto-plankton, zoo-plankton and larvae — all rudimentary Gulf eco-building blocks — were in major trouble… In Carabella, Florida, I stumped at the 2 Als Cafe. A father and son both named (that’s right) Al own it. An active member of the Tea Party, who is also a shrimper here, approached me in the cafe and said he didn’t see anyone in the current field of possible Republican presidential candidates being “…electable against Obama.” (By the way, that’s where I come in.) After a bit of general campaign banter at the table that appeared to be the “brain trust” of Carabella, I found myself in a one-on-one conversation with Gene Holstrom, who has an “Old Gospel Station” on the Internet. It is broadcast worldwide. Holstrom, 87, fought in WWII. He said at one point back then he prayed to have God show him just a little bit of what Hell was like. Shortly after, his tank was hit and he ran from it on fire. After running what seemed to be the equivalent of the length of a football field, he dove into a swamp to put the flames out. “That was enough of an example of Hell for me,” he smiled.