The results are in. There was stiff competition this year, but in the end, our own Gov. Rick Scott has been named the worst Republican governor in the country by Alternet. Now, given that Alternet is a left-leaning site, conservatives will probably wear this label like a badge of honor. But Gov. Moon Lizard currently boasts a 31 percent approval rating, and a mere 53 percent among Republicans, so maybe even conservatives can agree with Alternet that, yeah, the guv’s pretty awful. Still, Scott really did have a lot of competitors. There was Scott Walker of Wisconsin (no. 2), who became the first governor in United States history to survive a recall election, though those elections appear to have lost the Republicans control of the state Senate. And of course, there’s famously airheaded Rick Perry of Texas (no. 5), who needs no introduction to people who remember those halcyon days when it looked as if the man might be the Republican presidential nominee. Oh, what a time that was. There’s Jan Brewer, the militantly anti-immigrant governor of Arizona (no. 8) who recently signed into law a “life begins at menstruation” anti-abortion law that renewed her status as a national laughing stock. And of course, many other Republican governors reached for the big brass ring, including names oft seen in the national media (South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, New Jersey’s Chris Christie) and folks who haven’t really made the national radar (Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett, Maine’s Paul LePage). But none of them could beat Gov. Moon Lizard, who, according to Alternet, hit no. 1 for his voter suppression and union busting.
Indeed, when last I wrote, the post was all about Scott’s attempts at voter suppression and it appeared, given that every county supervisor of elections in Florida and the Department of Justice were all against Scott’s absurdly anti-democratic efforts, that the voter purge was dead in the water. But no! Despite the fact that supervisors of elections have said they will not abide by the state’s purge list, despite the fact that the Department of Justice has specifically told the state not to go forward, Gov. Moon Lizard announced that the purge would continue. This was followed yesterday with a lawsuit by the Department of Justice in federal court seeking to block Florida’s attempt at widespread disenfranchisement. Later that day, the state of Florida countersued the federal government, saying that the feds were required to give up the names of illegal immigrants in its databases to help with the purge. The whole glorious rain of lawsuits has been summed up nicely by the Fort Myers News Press.
Rain of lawsuits? Nah. This is more like a hurricane. We are in Florida after all.