I confess that I often can’t get worked up much about Florida politics, since when you’ve lived in Louisiana, all else pales. There is no better way to become jaded than to live in Louisiana. Things that people in other states get upset about, I just want to say…you think that’s bad? Corruption? You don’t even know the half of it. It’s an accepted way of life, a normal way of doing business. People are surprised that you’re surprised.
If you transplant someone from Louisiana to say, Iowa, they are like, What? There are people in politics who are actually honest and sincere? Wait…I actually think I did that (moved from Louisiana to Iowa, that is).
But now I live in Florida, although I can’t claim to be a Floridian. Apparently that’s reserved for people who were born here and lived here all their lives, even though they are all plotting to move to Montana. (Hint: when you get to Montana, prepare to be an outsider. You will never be a Montanan, or whatever they call themselves.)
But the weekend would not be complete without a political post from Fakename. So, it’s Saturday, and Fakename’s favorite Florida political writer, Paul Flemming, wrote his usual article on Friday. The headline was “Challenges Make Great Political Theater”. Minutes after the health care reform bill passed, Florida’s Attorney General filed suit against the Federal government (on “Tenther” grounds). To be fair…he and the Attorneys General of several other states.
It so happens that Florida’s Attorney General is running for governor. I’m sure that has nothing to do with it. I’m sure there also no problem with the fact that he hired the law firm he used to work for as the outside attorneys in the suit. With no bid. And that he filed in Pensacola rather than two blocks from his office in Tallahassee. His spokesperson says Pensacola is in a position to act more quickly, which may be true. It also may be true that it’s more convenient to his old law partners.
This will go nowhere. It’s the very definition of grandstanding. I’ll go further: it’s a cynical sucking-up to the lowest common denominator of the populace. People who have no actual idea of what the health care reform bill means for them, how much it will help them. Who actually buy the “government takeover” rhetoric. I guess in every war, there have to be foot soldiers. And Republicans are rallying the foot soldiers.
And they scare me. I haven’t been this scared since Vietnam. At the moment, I think there are more of “us” than there are of “them”. I think the biggest mistake Republicans made is in convincing themselves that Americans don’t want health care reform. Yes, they (we) do.