Without even trying, Florida Gov. Rick Scott could turn out to be a national hero.
That’s right, after a mere seven months in office, he’s become so unpopular in the Sunshine State that he’s now a liability to his party. The Republican hierarchy is worried that, thanks to his abuses, Floridians in November of 2012 will fail to pull the lever for the Republican nominee at all, or worse, vote for Obama in retaliation.
There is no strategy for a Republican to win the required number of electoral votes next year without taking Florida. In effect, Scott may singlehandedly save feckless Obama-hating Americans from accidentally electing the likes of a Bachmann or a Palin.
Whatever you may think of Barack Obama⎯that he doesn’t belong in the White House because he’s a minority, or he’s a socialist, or he’s foreign-born or whatever⎯at least he’s reasonably competent. You may blame him for not getting us out of the economic slump by now, but nobody really knows for sure whether the mess he was handed wasn’t so horrendous that even John Maynard Keynes himself couldn’t have righted the ship in two and a half years. That isn’t a great deal of time, considering it took eight years to get us into it.
Do you want Michele Bachmann, who wants Democrats in Congress investigated for their un-American views, who doesn’t know the Battle of Lexington was fought in Massachusetts, who preaches federal fiscal restraint while collecting subsidies for her farm, to have her hands on the levers of the economy? Or Sarah Palin, who would probably sell DVDs of The Undefeated out of a kiosk off the West Wing?
Since half of the nation is unable to see through its fog of hatred for the president, maybe we should rejoice that there are Rick Scotts around to save us from ourselves. Great men have always miraculously appeared when our country most needed them…and that, you might say, it what makes America so exceptional.