Yesterday, in another show of his consistently "bold leadership," Rick Scott hid behind closed doors as he whipped out his veto pen and proceeded to, as some suggested, take his revenge against those in his own party who dared to even hint at trying to find some way of helping Florida's working poor gain access to affordable health care. Those who walked in lockstep with the governor to block Medicaid expansion were rewarded with their pet choices in the 2015 budget, and those who showed signs of being human got similar treatment that we Floridians get from all of them:
Oh, the outrage that flowed from the members of the GOP who fell on the wrong side of the revenge governor! Why, it was shock and awe the likes of which we have never seen! After all, it's one thing to defy the voter's wishes on Medicaid, and Amendments passed for things like fair voting districts and preserving the environment as Republicans routinely do, but it is another thing entirely to take away a Republican lawmaker's pork in addition to any actual beef in said budget.
It should come as no surprise that there was little outrage over what the actual cuts will do to those Floridians who suffer because of them. No, the fury and anger was more about Scott daring to treat those lawmakers with the similar disregard he and they show voters in Florida every year.
From Senate President Andy Gardiner, who tried but failed to put together some sort of Medicaid solution that would please the governor (though there was none, of course) saw his wishes die with a stroke of the governor's veto pen. Gardiner reacted this way: