Hey, remember last year's legislative session when this happened?
Republicans in the Florida House Civil Justice Committee recently passed three bills that would give Gov. Rick Scott the sole power to appoint appeals court and Supreme Court justices by restructuring the Florida court system, in the name of "accountability."
Oh, the memories!
Yes, that was the year when the Florida legislature wanted to focus on "accountability" by making sure their Governor hand-picked the judges. Who could blame them with a track record like this:
The Republicans want the body to "focus on accountability." There's that word again. "Accountability" has quite the ring of hypocrisy to it coming from the Republican party in Florida who has a rather large group of members who have either been in jail and on trial, faced ethics violations, as in current Senate President Mike Haridopolos, or are under investigation for various financial disclosure problems like current U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. David Rivera, just to name a few. As for Rubio and Rivera, in their cases being under investigation merely boosted their credibility with the Thug Republican Party and vaulted them into higher office. The Republican Party Of Florida's idea of holding themselves accountable is merely investigating themselves for a short period of time, and then unanimously finding themselves completely innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever.
If you missed the story the first time around, well, SPOILER ALERT:
Florida Governor Rick Scott thought that having the ability to hand-pick judges himself was just a great idea! He tried to contain his glee, apparently, with this casual statement of "surprise:"
"I heard about that this morning. I understand that the real value of that is we could accelerate some of the cases and things like that. So I'm going to look at it."
Gov. Scott understands "the value" all right. So much so that he voiced the opinion recently that he hopes they will revisit the idea this year:
Gov. Rick Scott recently said he hopes the proposal comes back. "When you're elected governor," he declared in a recent interview with WFLA radio in Tallahassee, "people expect you to not have a limit on who you can appoint."
Whoa! Settle down down there, 26 percent! Yes, people in Florida expect a lot from a Governor, but that's not it. Trust me. The last thing people want you to have is more power. Sure people live in and come to Florida for the climate, but they don't want scorched earth.
It's apparent that Scott was, and remains clueless in the governing department. After all, calling yourself a "jobs governor" means more than Tweeting a "Help Wanted" ad. Pretending to "reach out" to the public means more than just asking for suggestions on how to "sell the state" to others on your Facebook page. Although the one that suggests Scott resign is promising, but that one now appears to have "gone missing." If indeed Scott's staff took a page from another famous do-nothing Governor by editing his Facebook comments, they took the wrong page. She actually quit.
But let's go back to that comment from Gov. Overreach, shall we?
Wrong. Here's something people DO expect Gov. Scott:
They expect things like fair elections, just for starters, but you know that, because that's where the whole idea of making you the guy who appoints the judges started in the first place, remember?
Sure you do!
Funny how Rick Scott just made the assumption that the people of Florida expect him to have limitless power to appoint judges without first consulting them on Facebook?