Not Rick Scott

Florida and the rest of the country finish this election season on November 2, when most Americans who bother to vote will do so.  The good news here is, it’s finally over.  But the bad news is, No it isn’t: running for office, jockeying for power, grubbing for dollars, etc., is a year-round, full-time vocation any more.  Election day just demarcates the beginning of the run-up to the next one.

And they wonder why people say they’re angry.

Locally, I’ve been trying to figure out why anybody in their right mind would hand the keys of the kingdom to a creature like Rick Scott.  The best answer I can come up with is, Lots of Florida voters aren’t in their right minds.  Carl Hiaasen explored this very strain of thought in Sunday’s Miami Hurled, observing that “His presence makes this year’s governor’s race a momentous I.Q. test for voters,” and marveling that a guy who invoked the 5th Amendment (that’s not the one about guns, Ms. O’Donnell) 75 times in a deposition, and whose health care company holds the record for the largest fine in Medicare history can even be taken seriously at a cocktail party, let alone an electorate.

Then there’s this:

“I don’t know what the def – your definition or anybody’s definition of an ‘agreement’ is, or an ‘offer’ is, or ‘promise’ is,” he testified in an evasive 1997 deposition.

Republicans who squealed with justified glee at Bill Clinton’s “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” manage to swallow this one whole without gagging.  In politics, it’s okay when the sleazy weasel is YOUR lying skunk.

To me, the identity of his opponent is almost immaterial.  She passes the time-honored bottom-rung level of acceptability for a colleague and leader:  “She don’t stink, and she don’t steal.”  Not yet, anyway.  I can work with that.

As for Scott, that snake in the grass belongs in Starke, not the State House.  Can we vote him into THAT office?

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29 Responses to Not Rick Scott

  1. sharpshooter says:

    sorry but Alex Sinks is not too clean either. She has her own skeletons in the closet too. Her banks dealings and shennanigans were nothing to write home about.
    In this governor’s race voters have to hold their nose, wince and then vote. Both candidates are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Either way the voters lose.

  2. mkhall says:

    Sink may have her problems, but nothing that would put her in the Guinness Book of Records alongside Rick “I never met a state I couldn’t swindle or an election I couldn’t buy” Scott. This guy makes Blago look like a penny ante bunko artist.

    Even die-hard conservatives who vote for him have to give up any pretense toward rational thought.

  3. Hose B says:

    Sharpshooter takes a position that I hear all the time these days: since nobody is clean, nobody can be cleaner. Sure, Scott was the CEO of a health care company that defrauded millions from the government (which means us, the taxpayers). But Sink was the CFO when 7 out of 1,200 underwriting agents turned out to be felons, even though propser procedures were followed. So they’re both crooks, see, and neither one is better than the other.


    Like Squathole, I don’t know need to know a whole lot about Alex Sink at all when this guy is her opponent. I don’t even have to know which party she belongs to, if any.

  4. mkhall says:

    What I find telling in this is that conservatives tend to rail against people indulging in moral relativism, and exhorting the masses that [insert thing they don’t like] is absolute evil, and they [insert opposite thing they like] is absolute good. Yet when it comes to any sort of lapse among their anointed leaders, it’s “Oh well, you’re just as bad.”

    Fuck that noise.

    • Dawgbowl says:

      The very definition of hypocrisy. Teapublicans have no sense of this, which is why they’re comfy saying “Keep your government hands off my Medicare.”

    • Missing Lincoln says:

      Bemoaning the moral relativism of your neighbor is the first step on the road to moral superiority.

      Thus endeth the lesson. Amen.

  5. Key Liam says:

    Sharpshooter offers some good advice: Hold your nose and pull the lever. I’ve been doing that for years, and I’ll be doing it again this time. But thanks to Scott, it’s easier pulling the lever for somebody else. What a piece of crap. Even the Republicans hate him like poison–has McCollum stopped growling at him yet?– they’re just stuck with him.

  6. 'Nonymous says:

    It makes no sense to you liberals because you don’t know anything about running a business, taking risks, and the games you need to play when dealing with Big Government. Rick Scott is a sharp businessman who built his empire up following all the rules, advised by legal counsel. His success made Big Government suspicious, so they found ways to close him down. They do things like this all the time with code enforcement, internal revenue, licenses and inspections, and even immigration, you name it. It’s why Business is anti-government.

    As governor he’ll make it easier for business to do well in Florida, which means jobs, money, and tax revenue. That’s why I’m voting for him, and I imagine that’s why most Floridians will, too.

  7. mkhall says:

    Hey, ‘Nony! I say we let the Medellin cartels run Florida. They’re good businessmen, and took a little backwater country and made it a name known around the world! And you know what? They’re more honest than Rick Scott!

    Probably more honest than you, too, or you wouldn’t hide your name. Just like your god W said when he was clamping down on civil liberties: if you haven’t done anything wrong you’ve got nothing to hide!

  8. "Esq." a Lawyer says:

    Rick Scott is a sharp businessman who built his empire up following all the rules, advised by legal counsel.

    I don’t know what that advice was, ‘Nonymous. and I bet you don’t either. What we both know is, it was really expensive. It cost the company $1.7 BILLION in fines alone.

    Now that’s a small portion of what the company made before the fines, so in that regard, I guess you could say Scott’s law-bending maneuvers were “good business” for his company. He himself made a fortune and got a lovely $10 Million parachute plus stock options when his own board ousted him. Read all about it on Bill McCollum’s website.

    And you’ll vote for him anyway. Carl Hiassen had your number.

  9. Kent Standit says:

    Has this Rick Scott guy produced his birth certificate? How about Alex Sink — she’s part Asian, you know.

    I don’t vote for anybody that can’t show me their birth certificate. In fact, I don’t date girls who can’t, either.

    Even my dog has papers. Besides the ones he pees on.

  10. Piles says:

    You’re wasting your breath on this……the Right will vote in lockstep for whoever the Republicans anb Tea-ties toss into the ring, no matter how dumb, slimy, or unqualified because whoever it is, it isn’t the party of Obama. End of tale.

  11. Squathole says:

    Well that was fun, yes? Thanks, everybody, for the input.

    Folks might also take a peek at Man or Maniac’s post, comparing the sleeze factor of the two. Scott wins handily. In fact, He’s Number One!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Piles said:
    “the Right will vote in lockstep for whoever the Republicans anb Tea-ties toss into the ring, no matter how dumb, slimy, or unqualified because whoever it is, it isn’t the party of Obama. End of tale.”
    And the Left will vote for anyone moron who is anti-American, extreme liberal, politically correct to a tee, anti-business, defenders of Islamic terrorists, US Armed Forces haters, pro gay marriage, and so on. To each his own.
    If you can stereotype the Right voters, we can also stereotype leftists.

    • Piles says:

      Oh, I don’t know, Anonymous — after all, what could be more anti-American than ripping off the government, the way Scott and his company did? If what you say is true, he’d have the liberal vote, too!

      And is it the liberals who are throwing out all the linguists, physicians, and other gay members of the military? That’s pretty “anti-armed forces,” as you put it. I don’t see the liberals backing that policy.

      Say — is Obama a liberal? Is he “anti-armed forces,” too?

      You better brush up on your sterotyping. It’s almost as lame as your spelling.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Gee, It seems like you can use some spelling classes yourself.

    definition: Stereotyping Classifying people because of one unique characteristic. Stereotyping is a form of prejudice that can form damaging images of people.

    It is “stereotyping” Piles, not sterotyping.

    Piles wrote: You better brush up on your sterotyping. It’s almost as lame as your spelling.

    People with glass houses should not throw stones,get it?

    • Piles says:

      “Sterotyping” was on purpose, duncecap, a jibe, and obviously too subtle for as deep a thinker as yourself. I’d go into more details, but mkhall (below) does an admirable job of exposing you for the GlennBeckian parrot you are. Enjoy your cuttle bone and bird seed.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Obama is not only a marxist but he is also against our Armed Forces.
    His friends are mostly anti-American and hate the US. Maybe you should read a little more about Obama’s friends instead of finding fault with the spelling of others.
    While you are at it, check your own spelling. You sure can use some enlightment.
    Thanks to the awakening of the American people he will be a goner in 2012. According to the polls 52% of the American people said he does not deserve reelection to a second term.

    I say good riddance to Obama. Let him go back to that dirty cesspool of Democratic politics that is Chicago where he will be right at home and in his perfect milieu.
    Here enjoy some reading and inform yourself about your hero:

  15. Anonymous says:

    A short history of B’rack Obama.

    1)His parents were communists. His grandparents were communists. His childhood mentor Frank Davis was a communist member of the USA Communist party.

    2)He had “Marxist professors and hung around with all marxists and revolutionaries during his university days (his own words,not mine)

    ” He taught a class on Saul Alinsky whose book “Rules for Radicals” is dedicated to Lucifer.

    3)His college records are sealed.

    4)He claims to be a Christian yet ridicules Scriptures, supports partial-birth abortion and attended a church for 20 years pastored by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who did not teach Christianity but “Black Liberation Theology,” which is Marxism disguised as religion.

    5) He is friends with radicals and communists like William Ayers and has appointed many of them to positions of power – Sunstein, Jarrett, Van Jones, etc.

    6)He told Joe the Plumber on the campaign trail that his philosophy was to “spread the wealth.” This is a direct quote from “The Communist Manifesto” written by Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels.

    7)When he entered office he immediately took over the banks, the auto industry, health care (by bribery) and is intent on ending freedom of speech on the Internet, radio and TV by fees and fines.

    8)He is intent on using the myth of human-caused global warming to usurp control over our energy by Cap ‘n Tax, which would limit the number of minutes we take a shower and the kind of light bulbs we use.

    9) His arrogant, excessive spending, with his stimulus laws and over-taxation, is destroying our economy, the middle class and our children’s future quality of life.

    That is why he will never be reelected to be POTUS again. We will not be fooled again.

  16. mkhall says:

    There’s no bigger sign of a fool than someone who claims that this right-of-center corporatist president is a Marxist. Christ, if your understanding of political philosophy is that limited you must have a hard time getting through the funny pages without Cliff’s Notes.

    Hell, Obama could have run on Goldwater’s ticket — or even Nixon’s — if conservatives didn’t get their knickers in such a twist over skin color. I KNOW what socialism and Marxism are, whereas you just know how to spell them because you copied them off the talking points Papa Beck scrawled on his paranoid-delusional chalkboard. And you had to hit pause a few times on that episode because there were so many letters to copy.

    I can respect an honest conservative (when I chance across one), but today’s conservatives learned well at the knee of the Soviet rulers: it doesn’t matter if you’re lying, as long as you repeat the lie often enough people will believe you. Obama isn’t a Marxist; he isn’t a communist; he isn’t even a milquetoast socialist. He’s a corporatist in nearly every significant way, and only someone with their head so far up their own ass they’re practically a Klein bottle would think otherwise.

    You anonymous dirtbags who use your fear of a black president to explain away your own failing erections are what’s wrong with America today; people who don’t bother to deal in reality or facts, but who treat the world as a God damned football game. You’re wearing a red shirt, so everyone else in a red shirt is 100% right, and anyone in blue is 100% wrong.

    You’re pathetic, and the founding fathers wouldn’t let your weak-ass intellects hold their piss-buckets.

  17. Squathole says:

    Kevin: Is THAT where he gets this crap? Glenn Beck’s rant du jour? Some of it is old and laughable — I guess he missed the news that Dick Armey’s legion of teabagging wingnuts uses Alinsky’s texts to teach volunteers techniques of community organizing (that’s right AnonymAss — community organizing, that communistic activity your Black elitist socialist president is gulty of).

    Thanks for taking the time to tinkle on him.

    Linc: you’re one funny fellow and I want some of what you use in your morning coffee.

  18. Squathole says:


    By the way, thank you for posting all of this.

    Even though this isn’t the Daily Koz or The Awl or some blog that attracts thousands of hits daily–it’s not even SFDB!–I think it’s very valuable that readers see first-hand both the extent of wingnut lunacy and the shabbiness of its advocates. You’re very thorough in the first regard, and a shining example in the second.

    I appreciate this very much. I could never do as good a job of exposing this nonsense and mocking its espousers as you do for yourself.

    Please continue to find your home right here, where you’re fully appreciated.

    Thanks once more.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Please send me some viagra to help with my erections. And BTW, piss on you too!

    • Missing Lincoln says:

      Why don’t you just hike your skirt up and show a little cleavage. That oughta get you a few more erections.

      Stay in the shallow end, Annie. Nothing but trouble here.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Obama and the socialist Democrats are going down to a huge defeat.The voters have rejected your politics by a huge majority. Now chew on that one for a while and smoke another joint while I drink another Jack Daniels and celebrate. See you Nov. 2 at the polls. Suckers!!

    • Lois Terms says:

      Somebody needs to alert Anonymous’s parents that their high school child is drinking. Besides the Kool-Aid, that is.

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