Rick Scott just did Democrats a favor by giving pre-2016 America a great preview of what unchecked Republican power would look like.
The man who fancies himself CEO of Florida is in Washington today on a follow up mission to sue the Obama Administration for a government handout after he and the GOP destroyed any hopes of coming up with a budget by including LIP funds for Medicaid they knew full well would dry up this year. They blew up the legislative session over it, along with a slew of unfinished bills, and it's proving disastrous, so Scott and the GOP are doing what they always do, finding a scapegoat and using taxpayer's money to do it.
In an apparent attempt to preach to his conservative media choir and get his blame game message out front early, Scott just couldn't help himself and went overboard with the grandstanding.
GOP candidates are desperate, and they're all trying out different ways to disguise their horrific policies. They all have the same message, they each just have a different method of execution.
And it's in this atmosphere where we find Rick Scott talking, the poster boy for Republican Party Tourette's Syndrome.
Here's Rick Scott's advice to GOP candidates:
Rick Scott's advice to 2016ers: talk about jobs and not much else. "If they ask you about the weather, talk about jobs" he told WSJ— Beth Reinhard (@bethreinhard) May 6, 2015
That's right. Just ignore all the real problems your constituents face, like he does. That's the Rick Scott method for answering questions:
Six people dying per day without health insurance on his watch? "Jobs!"
Slashing education to the bone? "Jobs!"
Child deaths on his watch at DCF? "Jobs!"
Inmate deaths and KKK members in his DOC? "Jobs!"
Throwing eligible voters off the rolls? "Jobs!"
Blocking new voters? "Jobs!"
Constructing a website that blocks unemployment benefits? "Jobs!"
Skirting Sunshine Laws? "Jobs!"
Illegal fracking and his personal energy investments? "Jobs!"
Blind trust? "Jobs!"
Campaigning on the taxpayer's dime? "Jobs!"
Medicare fraud? "Jobs!"
State's record of low paying jobs? "Jobs!"
Ignoring Amendnment 1 and destroying the environment? "Jobs!"
Mining state parks for profits? "Jobs!"
Controlling Cabinet authority? "Jobs!"
Restricting women's health care choices? "Jobs!"
Targeting hospitals that support Medicaid expansion? "Jobs!"
Filing frivolous taxpayer funded lawsuits? "Jobs!"
Blocking Medicaid? "Jobs! And another frivolous lawsuit!"
And Dr. Evil didn't stop there, no sir. He was just getting warmed up.
More Rick Scott: wouldn't say if considering 2018 Senate run. "I think it's more interesting to be president" but says he isn't running— Beth Reinhard (@bethreinhard) May 6, 2015
More interesting to be President, you know, like a hobby, or a sporting event where people's lives are at stake. Similar to chalking up those six uninsured deaths a day on a scoreboard, like dismissing errors at a baseball game.
Now, who wants a hotdog?
No, Rick Scott will never be President. But he shares the same goals as the rest of the GOP. If you want to see what life under the next GOP President would be like, look no further than Florida right now, under Scott.
You could call his method of governing a joke if it weren't killing people.