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Whisky Tango Foxtrot.

In case you don’t want to watch the video, a bizarre scene unfolded in the Florida Gubernatorial Debate. Rick Scott refused to come out for the debate because Charlie Crist had a small fan inside his podium. It looked bad and played even worse. It was a huge political blunder, making the governor look petty.

But …

I find myself agreeing with Red State on this one:

But on the other hand, if you look at this about one very thin layer deeper, it’s obvious that Charlie Crist was playing the petty troll in this scenario. By the admission of all the moderators present, the rules did prevent the fan that Crist was using. These things are hammered out in extreme and excruciating detail by advance committees weeks and months in advance.

But why isn’t it equally facially obvious that if it was so important for Charlie Crist to have a debate on the substance, why didn’t he just agree to ditch the stupid fan for the sake of the debate going on? Does the groin area of Charlie Crist really run so hot that he simply cannot be expected to stand behind a podium for an hour and a half without a fan to blow a cool breeze upon it? Never at any point during this sad debacle did Crist offer, either publicly or privately, to say, “Fine, if the stupid fan is that big of an issue, we’ll remove it and let’s have a debate,” which seems to be a relevant consideration since by the admission of all present, that’s exactly what the rules of the debate required.

I agree with Bloomberg on this one – this race is the worst race in America and one of the worst I can ever remember. It’s Florida Man vs. Florida Man for governor of Florida and sadly the most important seat in one of the most important states in America is at risk. I would say the people of Florida deserve better, but they nominated both these clowns to begin with, didn’t they?

I’m not a huge fan of Rick Scott but I positively loathe Charlie Crist. There is absolutely nothing genuine about the man except his lust for power. He not only changed parties, he changes his view on just about every issue when he did so. It’s fine to change your mind on an issue as more facts come into play or your philosophy evolves. But it’s another thing to completely remake your political identify in every respect.

And as this video went on, I got even more creepified. Instead of addressing the rules violation, Crist decided to launch into a campaign speech, complete with idiot Democrats cheering every word. If I had been moderating, I don’t know that I could have kept myself from screaming, “Hey, asshole! Shut up, put the fan away and let’s get on with this!”

I don’t know that I’m prepared to endorse Rick Scott. But I will definitely endorse voting against Crist.

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  1. InsipiD

    I don’t agree with telling him to ditch the fan. If it’s allowed, then Crist is a petty, whiny bitch for making a stink out of it. If he doesn’t want a fan then fine, but anything to prevent swamp crotch should be allowed in Florida.

    And to anyone not yet in the know about Florida Man, you should look that up to see why they bothered to capitalize it.

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  2. grady

    As a Florida resident, I can only say that we have a choice between a turd sandwich and a flaming douche. And that assessment was before we see the grade school whining.

    I’m glad they allow absentee ballots. It’s hard to get the energy necessary to go into the polls when these are your choices.

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  3. louctiel

    Sorry, not Crist, Scott. It doesn’t matter, though. Still a petty, whiny bitch for it.

    Except Scott wasn’t whining about the fan.

    The organizers of the event – Leadership Florida – have released a statement and the relevant signed documents on what happened with “fangate.”

    The press release says, in part:

    Both campaigns received a letter in advance from the debate organizers (FPA and LF) stating the format, logistics and other detailed information relating to the debate. The letter also specified that “candidates may not bring electronic devices (including fans), visual aids or notes to the debate, but will be provided with a pad and pen.” The Scott campaign signed and returned the letter on Thursday, October 9. The Crist campaign signed and returned the letter on Monday, October 13, but with the added hand-written note “*with understanding that the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary.” Dean Ridings, FPA President, received and reviewed the note and told the Crist campaign that the partners want all candidates to be comfortable, but that he expected that Bailey Hall, the newly renovated-facility at Broward College where the debate was to be held, would be maintained at a comfortable temperature, and if there was a temperature problem, the partners would deal with it appropriately.

    At 6 p.m. Wednesday night, the temperature was checked on the stage under the lights, and was determined to be 67 degrees. Ridings then informed the Crist Campaign that there was no temperature issue, and no fan would be needed, or permitted. At 6:20 p.m., the temperature was checked again, and was at 66 degrees, again, under the lights on the stage by the podium. Between 6 and 6:20 p.m., someone from the Crist campaign placed a fan under Charlie Crist’s podium, and they were again told that no fans would be permitted.

    In the minutes before airtime, the communication among the campaigns, the producing television station and the debate partners was chaotic and there undoubtedly was some confusion, but Governor Scott never told Ridings or Wendy Walker, President, Leadership Florida, that he would not join the Debate. Rather, the Scott campaign was waiting on resolution of the rules issue before Scott took the stage. The debate partners appreciate Governor Scott’s willingness to participate in the Debate.


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