Two days ago, Rick Scott claimed he helped avert the shutdown of the federal government. It’s funny for two reasons, beyond the obvious fact that it’s a boast so comically disproportionate to reality that even the kid on the elementary school playground who says he had sex and that his dad is a spy and an NFL player wouldn’t even touch it.
One, this claim represents Scott dipping back into his campaign playbook, one that consists of at most three gambits. This one is called, “Save Florida by running against Washington DC.” The major idea emanating from his gubernatorial campaign seemed to be that Barack Obama was a really crappy Florida governor. By electing him to run Tallahassee, Florida would put a stop to all the bullshit that Washington does. The entire pitch sounded like a babysitter knocking on your front door and explaining how her taking care of your kids on Fridays would make sure that your supervisor at the Tropicana plant, Mr. Rentzell, would stop getting into their closets and making a mess out of their Legos.