Senator Rick Scott exemplifies pout politics | Column

What could we call this moment? The politics of pout? To paraphrase the late comedian Henny Youngman, take Rick Scott, please!

Florida’s Youngest Senator Rick Scott R- “I’ll Tell Mom!” has been in a hissy-fit mode lately, not to mention full-blown hypocrisy.

Daniel Ruth
Daniel Ruth [ Tampa Bay Times ]

The Fifth Amendment senator was outraged, shocked, miffed and outraged that President Joe Biden had the nerve to go on vacation.

It appears that the Senate’s response to “The Day the Earth Stood Still” Gort, criticized Biden for going to his home in Delaware instead of burning midnight oil at the White House.

What an inspiration Scott was, managing to find time to get away from the poo deck on a luxury yacht he was vacationing on off the coast of Italy to castigate Biden for going to Delaware, which is only 111 miles from Washington.

All presidents are frequently punched for being absent from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. George W. Bush often visited this horrible ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he spent much of his time clearing brush. Ronald Reagan went to California, to also (sigh) clear brush. (What about some presidents and the brush epidemic to clean up?) Barack Obama has gone on vacation relatively infrequently compared to his peers. And, of course, Donald Trump has spent a lot of time at his various resorts, perhaps to spend time fondling top-secret classified documents.

It’s possible that Scott, the symbolic hologram of the Senate, doesn’t realize that presidents don’t take “vacations” like the rest of us. Where the president goes, so does the White House apparatus. Except, maybe, if you’re Donald Trump and you have to be constantly watched to make sure you don’t flush the nuclear codes down the toilet. But we digress.

Do you appreciate the sense of tongue-in-cheek nonsense that Scott castigated Biden for simply walking down the road to his house a bit from a man whose party is less productive in the Senate than Lucille Ball and Ethel on the candy wrapper assembly line . Really now, Uday and Qusay have shown up for work more often than the US Senate.

Indeed, Scott himself has been criticized for fleeing to Italy instead of carrying out his own duties as chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee, which is supposed to work to elect the GOP candidates to the biggest collection. right-wing demagogues in the world. .

Who knows? It’s possible that Scott was trying to lock in that critical vote on the Amalfi Coast.

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To be fair, Scott’s job trying to elect Republican candidates has been, um, “tough” in that the crop of contenders often feels like “Dumb & Dumber” meets “Triumph of the Will.”

The field is littered (literally) with election deniers, sexists, pranksters, Trump-loving lawn jockeys and weird anti-Semites thrown in just for laughs.

In Georgia, Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, who has been dogged by revelations of fathering and then abandoning children, domestic abuse and just being plain stupid, recently said this about the bill Democrats on Climate, Health Care and Taxes: “They’re not helping you because a lot of money goes to trees. … Don’t we have enough trees around here?

Blake Masters, who is running for the Senate from Arizona, suggested World War I was started by Jewish banks and hired two fake 2020 presidential voters to work on his campaign.

Mehmet Oz, vying for a Pennsylvania Senate seat, lived in New Jersey until recently, and Republican incumbent Senator from Wisconsin Ron Johnson is still dodging questions about his efforts to hand over a list of fraudulent voters to the vice -then-President Mike Pence in an effort to overturn Biden’s legal election.

Scott’s already daunting outlook was not made any easier when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a rare act of candor, noted that Republicans had a “candidate quality” problem, which was in another to say, “We are doomed by this assortment. drug.

This prompted an angry Scott to rebuke McConnell by suggesting that his party leader had committed: “An act of incredible cowardice, and ultimately a betrayal of the cause.

Is it true? Oh good? To state the obvious is also cowardice and betrayal?

What’s really cowardly is not standing up to the rebellious loser of Mar-a-Lago, who is responsible for promoting a list of crooks, insurgents and goons. What is treason is cooking the books to rig midterm elections and beyond by trying to elect, ahem, to put it mildly, “semi-fascists” into power.

And that, Senator Scott, is like sailing your yacht through an iceberg of tyranny. Have a good trip.

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