Ten Reasons Rick Scott Will Never Be President

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This morning The Miami Herald ran a very chilling story asking "Is Gov. Rick Scott eyeing White House in 2012?" Amongst the evidence: his infatuation with federal issues, his appearances on Fox News, his apparent rivalry with other possible 2012 candidates, and his repeated attacks on Obama.

Though, Scott says he won't run, the very fact people are talking about it is still a bit spooky. But calm down children, we soon realized there's ten very good reason Scott just is not that kind of guy who will ever be able to succeed on the biggest stage in American politics.

10. That Whole Medicare Fraud Thing. Yeah, he might have been able to overcome that in a weird electoral cycle with Florida's increasingly depleted press corps, but we have a feeling that won't go over well with the scrutiny of national attention and the full power of the American press.

9. Would Anyone Have a Beer with This Guy? Apparently, this is now a thing in presidential politics, but ask yourself, would you really wanna hit a bar with Scott? Listen, we'd down brewskis with Mike Huckabee and then maybe have a guitar jam session. We'd gladly pop cold ones with Newt Gingrich. Hell, if Sarah Palin was doing keg stands we wouldn't miss it for the world. But if Scott called us up to hit a pub, well, we think we'd rather stay home and do our taxes or something.

8. He Has No Fundraising Experience. Financing your own gubernatorial bid is one thing, but mounting a bid for the highest office in the land requires fund raising. Most every other candidate Scott could face has a huge Rolodex of potential donors.

7. No Charisma. Running for president requires giving lots and lots of speeches. Have you seen Scott speak in front of a crowd? He sounds like he's giving a third grade book report.

6. He Hates the Press. Scott is clashing fiercely with Florida's press corps, but running for President means being surrounded by the press nearly every waking minute and knowing how to woo them is a key ingredient for presidential success.

5. He's Bald. America has a proud tradition of electing follicly gifted men to the White House. Even the few that sported chrome domes made up for it with wigs or Grade-A mutton chops. ('Sup, John Q. Adam and Martin Van Buren.) America's baldest president was Eisenhower, and that guy was a five-star general who championed infrastructure projects. Scott is and does not.

4. He's Not Here to Make Friends Scott's new to politics, and has few allies on the national stage and doesn't seem interested in making them. That's gonna hurt when it comes time to pick up endorsements.

3. He's Got a Latino Problem. Yes, Scott managed to walked away with a slim majority of Hispanic voters in his governor's race, but with his tough stance on immigration we doubt he'd be able to do in on the national stage. It's hard to win the White House on the white vote alone these days.

2. He's Too Conservative and Not Sugar Coating It. The truth is, when you look at polls on an issue-by-issue basis, the American people are far more moderate than Scott. Some politicians can overcome that by having nice hair, being charismatic, or being the kind of guy you'd want to get a beer with. Some of them slap a nice label on it like Bush's "compassionate conservatism" or like how some liberals call themselves "progressives." But Americans shy away from politicians on the national stage who come across very clearly as strict ideologues.

1. We're Not Even Sure He Could Win Florida. His approval numbers aren't great, and we don't imagine them getting much better to be honest. Guys like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio would trounce him a primary, and out-of-state power houses like Huckabee, Romney or even possibly Giuliani could take him. Should he win the nomination, we could even see Obama beating him in the general election. He won in 2008, and Florida has a notoriously moderate electorate.

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16 comments
Disgustedwflorida
Disgustedwflorida

This guy is disgustingly inept. I wouldn't vote for him if he was the only candidate. I would leave the country before watching an inauguration that included this moron.

Prettyfarr
Prettyfarr

I have lived in South Florida my whole life and I know a lot of people and I don't know 1 person who voted for him... and yet he got elected? I'm very suspicious!

Suzi
Suzi

Excellent reasons!!

Footstank
Footstank

Look at the liberal trash running down good people because there welfare check was late last month.

Donna
Donna

I think Rick Scott will be impeached, indicted, or recalled before his term is up. He's got that pesky investigation hanging over his head.

Zarka Steven
Zarka Steven

the acceptance of the voters ,previous governor ,and the whole of the legislature should be upheld!!The citizens of florida have voted in two referendums for high speed rail..over 63 percent of voters want this and voted for it..our governor is subverting the will of florida voters and has lost 24,000 shovel ready jobs just on the surface.This train would be a huge attraction for tourists..our main industry..governor rick scott is a short sighted and subverting the will of voters.

Jay Gutz
Jay Gutz

Why are you so worried? Who would really rather have a beer with? Barney Frank? I agree with Joe... Are you upset because we are not getting the choo choo from Barry?

StormOrphan
StormOrphan

Who voted for Gov. Krook in Floriduh?

We demand a recount.

Joe
Joe

Look, I love the New Times, but let's face facts. It's an alternative paper in a big liberal city. Any political material they publish has a MASSIVE leftist bias and that's OK. We have freedom of the press. However, this is a center right country. Obama and the Socialists had their 15 minutes of fame and it's so "been there, done that". Sorry to inform all of you of the truth.

ttt207
ttt207

He's a T-Baggin' trainwreck.

Cane
Cane

#1 should be; the guy is an a**hole.Period.

Disgustedwflorida
Disgustedwflorida

It's THEIR not there. Just thought you'd like to have proper grammar the next time you're running down "liberal trash"...just saying. P.S. In what universe is Rick Scott "good people"? Ew, I threw up a little just putting those terms in the same sentence.

jimmyhat
jimmyhat

1.7 billion for defrauding the TAXPAYER.......and there's nothing wrong with that? He was responsible for that, yet YOU say he's "good people"? Get your head examined, retard. Florida is dumb enough to vote in the male version of Sarah Palin. No, actually worse. He's a robber and Florida gave him the keys to the safe.

Disgustedwflorida
Disgustedwflorida

I hope you're kidding. That "choo choo" as you so articulately put it, would not only provide thousands of much needed jobs in the short and long run, but would also help to alleviate a massive transportation issue. People should educate themselves before they speak, or vote for that matter. Anyone with half a brain should have known better than to vote for Rick the wonder idiot.

Mashdemdwn
Mashdemdwn

What does that have to do with the Gov not being President material? You think Gov R Scott is a better candidate the Newt? or What about Jeb? Lets not kill the messenger because his message is true.

JCSvoice
JCSvoice

Regarding the "choo-choo," the big traffic problems are not between metropolitan areas, but within them. We don't need a bullet train from Orlando to Tampa or to Miami!!!! Even if the federales pay for construction, we'll still be on the hook for operation and maintenance, b/c as we've learned from Amtrak, these things don't generate revenue, they suck it dry. And when it comes to light rail, that only works in more densely populated cities like NY, Chicago, Wash DC. Bullet trains/light rail aren't the answer in Florida. BTW, I don't want a governor or president that I can have a beer with, I want someone who will run the govt. responsibly, like a grown up, not an idealist teenager who can't manage a budget. We've got that already, and it's not working out so well.

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