Growing in irrelevance within the GOP, Rick Scott gets flamed by Florida newspapers

Senator Rick Scott’s irrelevance is almost complete. Shunned by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and increasingly anonymous in a Florida GOP led by Ron DeSantis, Scott is on the margins.

DeSantis ability to acquire and use power in a fashion Scott was incapable of even conceiving let alone executing while he was Governor coupled with the current Governor’s hold over national conservative media and activists means Scott is a bit player in his own state party.

But that didn’t stop Scott from jumping the shark and proposing a policy agenda to get around both McConnell and DeSantis on the right – it’s so radical it’s a gift to Democrats.

Now two of Florida’s biggest papers have come down squarely against Scott in very well-crafted editorials.

Miami Herald: Rick Scott’s plan isn’t about “rescuing” America. It’s much more mercenary than that

  • Florida Sen. Rick Scott has an 11-point plan to “rescue” America. For the “Too Long; Didn’t Read” crowd, we’ll summarize: He’s trying to scare people silly.
  • Scott wants Floridians to be afraid and then to be angry, because that is an emotion the people in power can harness for their own political gains.
  • Scott’s plan isn’t about governing. It’s not some glorious vision for “rescuing” America. No, this is about something much more mercenary. It’s about stoking anger and division as a political strategy. It’s about getting elected and staying elected, pure and simple. And no amount of smoke and mirrors — not even from a flaming Declaration of Independence — can cover that up.

Orlando Sentinel & South Florida Sun Sentinel: Rick Scott’s un-American plan to ‘rescue America’

  • Even some GOP Senate candidates privately criticized the document — and Scott’s timing. “This plan,” Scott wrote, “is not for the faint of heart.” It’s not for anyone who wants to win a Senate race this year, either.
  • The richest man in Congress demands that the roughly 50% of Americans who pay no income tax pony up, to get some “skin in the game.” Mitt Romney tried that when he ran for president in 2012. He disparaged less affluent Americans as “victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.” Romney, worth about $200 million at the time, advised them to “take personal responsibility.” How did that work out for him?

So if it was relevance Scott sought, maybe he achieved it for a fleeting moment as journalists in condemning him?

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