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Chan Lowe: Rick Scott, slobber baron


Politics is theater, as the saying goes. In the case of the Rick Scott for Governor of Florida campaign, we can interpret the expression as referring to actors who play leaders in public, but who neither mean nor believe the scripted words they utter.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Republican bigshots were pouring money into shoring up the faltering gubernatorial candidacy of Bill McCollum, the establishment candidate.

They financed attack ads focusing on the usurper Scott’s background as head of a health care company later found to have committed Medicare fraud. They asserted that the man was unfit to be governor.

How things change after a primary. It took a few days for the GOP leaders to recover from their drubbing, but then the wagons began to circle around the new star.

Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi and the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, was particularly egregious in casting aside the old, outdated script. “That’s all water under the bridge now,” he said when asked about his earlier statements attacking Scott.

Sure, that’s politics. It’s theater. But you wonder if these players ever truly mean anything they say, if they can deliver their words so convincingly and yet retract them with such facility when circumstances demand.

It also makes you wonder if there is anything so unacceptable in a candidate that the leadership would actually draw the line and not support him once he won the primary. Spousal abuse? Child porn? Embracing universal health care?

Bill McCollum, at least, has refused to do what’s expected of him and has not pivoted to support his party’s candidate, continuing to claim that the man is unfit.

Some would say he is being a sore loser. I say he's just a lousy actor. In this case, it's something to be proud of.

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Mr. Scott will be the next governer of the great state of Florida ! All of the whinning by the far left will not influence the outcome. I hope Ms. Wasserman-Schultz is also voted out of office as it is time for sound thinking and financial policies at all levels of government.

Rick Scott--(Columbia/HCA.)...The "Wal-Mart" of health care.........

Scott has "earned his stripes".....Or is it orange jump-suits they wear now. ??
In either case- that's what he should be in.........

Why is so difficult for you to see what is really happening? Are you so stuck in the ‘hate everything conservative’ mindset that you can’t see the two key points. The first is that Americans cherish the free enterprise system and do not want government directing our economy. The second is that Americans have finally had enough of politicians regardless of party affiliation. It is not about the Tea Party or alleged Republican dirty tricks ala the Georgia Democratic Senate Candidate. It is all about the absolute distrust of elected officials from local boards and commissions to the White House. Over the next ten years we will see a massive rebuilding of our public sector. The result will be a governmental function and structure more resembling the model set forth by our founding fathers than the bankrupt European model so much loved by the American left.

I was worried there hasn't been any Rick Scott bashing for almost a week.What does Alex Sink have to offer other than the fact that she isn't Rick Scott.

Well, at least we know we will be getting a crook before he even gets into office. It's amazing, this @$%@!!! rips off the American taxpayer through medicaid/medicare fraud and he becomes the republican choice for governor. Is this the best the party of NO can do? If he is in fact elected than the people of Floridah deserve exactly what they get. I'll be voting for anyone BUT Rick Scott.

Sad to say Rick Scott is probably going to be our next governor. Not because he serves it. Not because he has proven he knows how to govern. And certainly not because he is honest. But because Alex Sink just can't sell it. She has no charisma and voters will pick him by default. Chan, keep up the good work. You always have an ability to cut through the smoke screens.

They financed attack ads focusing on the usurper Scott’s background as head of a health care company later found to have committed Medicare fraud. They asserted that the man was unfit to be governor.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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