It’s very amusing to me that the Republicans in the Senate decided in all their wisdom to make Sen. Rick Scott their chief fundraising guy at the RNSCC. Prior to his career in politics, Scott as the CEO of Columbia/HCA is most famous for having swindled billions of dollars and having paid $1.7B Ameros fine —which I believe is still to date the largest fine in US history. What I’m saying is this guy’s ethical compass does not point north and putting him in charge of money seems like a forgone conclusion that trouble is on the way. And yes, I’ve read that whatever fundraising has happened has not been enough and oddly that a lot of it is going to Rick Scott’s own campaign. Whodda thunk it? I mean besides everyone.
Anyway, getting to the point, Scott and amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell are in a public pissing match, which to my mind is win-win as Rick Scott write in an op-ed:
Unfortunately, many of the very people responsible for losing the Senate last cycle are now trying to stop us from winning the majority this time by trash-talking our Republican candidates. It’s an amazing act of cowardice, and ultimately, it’s treasonous to the conservative cause. Giving anonymous quotes to help the Washington Post or the New York Times write stories trashing Republicans is the same as working with the Democratic National Committee.
I’m sure that Mitch knows he’s been dissed for (rightfully) acknowledging that the Senate candidates (Oz, Vance, Walker, and Masters) are less than ideal and very likely to lose their races and thus the majority will be out of reach.
What’s important to note here is that both McConnell and Scott are ambitious men and this is not really about the midterms, this is about becoming the Majority Leader. Each is shifting the blame to the other in ways that are not subtle. If the Senate remains lost, then the guy tasked with winning it back (and who at last report was on a yacht somewhere in Italy) doesn’t, well, he’s not getting the gavel. And if the Senate remains out of the evil turtle’s hoof, well, we all win.
Anyway, this is a fun one to watch. As I said before, win-win.