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.
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.