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It was on his official schedule last night, but today it’s apparently been deleted from his website. Gov. Rick Scott will reportedly be chatting it up with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today on the phone from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. (Gosh, I wonder if either of them will try to verify that they’re actually talking to the “real” Gov. first? That might be a wise idea.) Gosh, I wonder what they’ll talk about? Will one of the “real” Koch brothers be on the line with them? After all, the Koch’s do have ties to Gov. Scott and his high-speed rail sabotage plan, who knows what else they might be up to?

Yesterday Gov. Scott said this about unions and collective bargaining:

“My belief is as long as people know what they’re doing, collective bargaining is fine,” Scott said in an interview with Tallahassee’s WFLA FM radio station.

Sure, whatever. Of course if you know anything about Gov. Scott, you can take your chances that he means it, but I for one don’t buy it. Especially when the Florida Legislature is already working on the unions.

Sen. John Thrasher, former state GOP chairman, looks like he has filed a bill (SB830) to starve unions like the Florida Education Association, SEIU, AFL-CIO, firefighters, police unions or AFSCME by banning the Democratic-leaning organizations from using salary deductions for political purposes. The legislation also says any “public employer may not deduct or collect” union dues, etc. Lastly, it says that any public employee who didn’t specifically authorize the use of his money could be entitled to a partial refund.

The bill doesn’t seem to go as far as Wisconsin’s by ending collective bargaining rights in Florida, though in a right-to-work state there’s only so much union bargaining that can take place. Still, the language about union dues sure looks like it’s right out of the playbook of the tea party and Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker (who incidentally is not a high-speed rail fan, either).

Gov. Walker said this about high-speed rail funds in his state last Nov.:

Governor-Elect Scott Walker today released the following statement on high-speed rail:

“Since learning about the state’s agreement with the federal government we have been exploring all legal options to stop the train from moving forward, and we believe this is a step in the right direction.  We are continuing to work with members of congress on redirecting this money to fixing our crumbling roads and bridges.”

Why, that sounds distinctly familiar. That’s kind of what Gov. Scott was expecting to do. But he can’t, because the money must be used toward the high-speed rail project, or it goes elsewhere, and there’s a lot of other states with their hands out just waiting. Scott has until Friday to make a decision.

Meanwhile, back in Tallahassee, now “nationally famous so-called fiscal hero” (we know he is because the media tells us so!) Marco Rubio, the former Tea Party darling, turned U.S. Senator who now shuns Tea Bagger voters who put him in office (but not the Tea Party corporate funders of course), came back to Florida yesterday to talk money with the Florida House. He reportedly spoke with no notes, and no teleprompter, but he really didn’t need to since that speech is burned into his memory. He gives the same one all the time. All he needs is someone to pull his string and he’s off!

“The math is straightforward. The federal government this year, in order to operate, will have to borrow one-and-a-half trillion dollars. – trillion dollars,” Rubio said. “Medicare and Social Security as they currently are structured, is unsustainable,” he said to applause. “They will bankrupt themselves and ultimately bankrupt our country.”

But despite his calls for bipartisan solutions, Rubio gave no specifics and offered standard party-line fare to reduce spending and not raise taxes.

“Apart from all the ideological rhetoric,” he said, “an increase in taxes will destroy the ability of our economy to grow, which will mean less revenue to government. It’s a vicious cycle. They’re starting to doubt about our ability to pay our debt back”

Of course, he gives no specific ideas, but then he never does.

“What I fear most of all is that we have a political process in Washington that is frozen,” he said. “The White House knows this. The congressional leadership knows this. But no one wants to go first because they don’t want to get beaten up about it….

“If we don’t figure this out, none of these politics and elections are going to matter anyway because this country will decline so rapidly that you won’t even recognize it by 20 or 30 years. It’s not going to be a third world country. But it’s not going to be exceptional or unique. Our decline is not inevitable.”

You don’t have to be psychic to see why he was giving this speech, or where he was going with it, but chances are Social Security and Medicare are on Rubio’s mind as well as on the table, but Rubio doesn’t want to “go there first” anymore than he claims other political “chickens” do either, so he didn’t say the words. Wink, wink.
Also from the same article was this:
Prior to his speech, Rubio met privately with Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, all of whom are Republicans. Rubio said he discussed Panamanian and Colombian free-trade issues with Scott and discussed Bondi’s efforts to fight so-called “fake cocaine” sold under the guise as bath salts.
How very secretive of them. Gosh, do you suppose they talked about unions too, along with talking points dolled out by the Koch brothers, and some on health care from the National Federation Of Independent Business, the lobbying group helping to foot the bill for Florida AG Pam Bondi’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, AND who gave generously to Bondi’s campaign as well last year and endorsed her?

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told a state House committee this month that most of the rest is being covered by the National Federation of Independent Business, a group that opposes the law because of what it considers unconstitutional costs and regulations on firms and people.

“They have dedicated a tremendous amount of resources to the lawsuit,” Bondi said Feb. 10. “We’re thrilled, because that’s saving our state money. That’s saving the 25 other states money as well.”

Did they discuss these issues along with other ways to bleed Floridians in addition to Gov. Scott’s already draconian budget plans? Maybe they did discuss such things, maybe not. But we’ll never know, because they’ve taken up Gov. Scott’s habit of meeting secretly with only Republicans. The rest of us are just not privy to their plans until it’s too late.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall during this afternoon’s phone call between Gov. Scott Walker and Rick Scott. If they’re really who they say they are.
Hello?……Hello?

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Marco Rubio: The Hero Of The "Taj Mahal"

It seems that Marco Rubio again finds himself in the center of that circular firing squad as the “hero of the Taj Mahal” no matter how hard he tries to squirm out of it.

As you’ll recall, Rubio made the secret “hero’s list” in an e-mail for securing funds to build the monstrosity of a courthouse. Rubio claims to suffer from a bit of amnesia on the subject. For those of you not familiar with this particular Rubio scandal, here’s a bit of a refresher:

The St. Petersburg Times has obtained an e-mail which made the rounds among judges on the Taj Mahal courthouse committee that calls Rubio a “hero” and “especially helpful” when it came to delivering the money to build the courthouse. That’s the Tallahassee courthouse that was built with millions in funds from the State Workers Compensation Trust Fund that provided things like 60 inch flat screen televisions, private kitchens with granite countertops, private bathrooms and chambers paneled with mahogany for each judge. To the tune of $48 million. This at the same time that budgets were being cut and workers were laid off.

Rubio has claimed to know little about it, contrary to what his former appropriations chairman Ray Sansom says. Sansom is criminally charged with grand theft on another unrelated appropriations case.

A grand jury in Leon County will be looking into the courthouse funding when it meets in late September.

Also noticeable on the list are several other members of the Republican Party Of Florida who found themselves completely in the clear in their audit of their own party’s spending, but did find fault with former member Charlie Crist and Jim Greer. The audit was done by the company that audited Enron.  Those who made the “Heroes” and “Especially Helpful” list, from the Times article:

The heroes list

The building committee of the 1st District Court of Appeal circulated an e-mail in 2008 that identified the “heroes” behind the new courthouse and lauded the few who were “especially helpful.” Here is the list, without the names of six Senate and 10 House staffers:

“Especially helpful”

House Speaker Marco Rubio

Sen. Victor Crist

Rep. Marti Coley

Rep. Ron Reagan

“Other Heroes”

Senate President Ken Pruitt

Sen. Alex Villalobos

Sen. J.D. Alexander

Sen. Lisa Carlton

Rep. Ray Sansom

Rep. Dennis Ross

Rep. Dean Cannon

Rep. Will Weatherford

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp

FSU President T.K. Wetherell

Lobbyist Stephen W. Metz

Lobbyist Peter M. Dunbar

Lobbyist John E. Thrasher (since elected to the Senate)

Now, it seems one of the other “especially helpful” recipients claims he was wrongly accused and joins the others who are pointing the finger of blame squarely at Rubio, saying “I don’t know anything about that. That was Marco Rubio and (Jeff) Atwater.”
Dennis Ross said today he is unfairly being tied to former legislators who were involved in the 1st District Court of Appeal Courthouse scandal in Tallahassee.

Ross left the Florida House in 2008 after reaching his term limit and is now the Republican candidate for the 12th Congressional District.

The congressional race has become heated on all sides, with the three candidates, which also include Democrat Lori Edwards and Tea Party candidate Randy Wilkinson, playing hardball.

Ross said being tied to the scandal of the extravagant courthouse, now dubbed “the Taj Mahal,” is purely political. He is being singled out, he said, because the lawyer on the other side of the courthouse case represents police and fire unions, and those unions did not endorse him….

Ross said his name being put on a “heroes list” by the courthouse’s promoters after the money to build it was approved, was incorrect. That list singled out individual legislators to be thanked for their special help in getting the new courthouse built.

Ross said he was not involved in the decision to build the “Taj Mahal” because that was in 2007, a year in which he opposed a property insurance plan supported by Republican leaders.

For his opposition, he was was stripped of his chairmanship of the House Insurance Committee and his post on the leadership council.

“I didn’t know anything more about it than any other of the 119 rank-and-file members in the House, because I had already been removed when it (the courthouse) came up,” he said. “I didn’t even know I was on a ‘heroes list’ until all this came out.

“It may be because my name was still on the council roster after I had been stripped of all my memberships and they just assumed I voted for it. Nobody has asked me about it, they just printed that I was on a heroes list.

“I don’t know anything about that. That was Marco Rubio and (Jeff) Atwater.”

Senate President Jeff Atwater told The Ledger in an interview last week he had nothing to do with the courthouse because he was not president of the Senate then.

So I guess that brings us right back to self-proclaimed “fiscal conservative” Marco Rubio, who is anything but. Today’s St. Petersburg Times has a great refresher course on those facts and figures as well. You can read that here.

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Remember that audit the Republican Party Of Florida had done recently that only found fault with Jim Greer and former Republican turned Independent Charlie Crist? It seems they gave a free pass to the Party as a whole and found nothing irregular.

However, there’s something they left out.

Dean Cannon, the incoming Florida House Speaker, travels around the State in a plane he co-owns with GK Aviation and which he flies himself. He uses the plane for political business and helps candidates campaign statewide and charges the Republican Party for it. In fact, donors to the Republican Party of Florida have footed the bill, at least $256,272, since 2006.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

In many respects, Cannon’s arrangement appears similar to one set up by ousted party chair Jim Greer, who used party funds to charter his own plane to fly him and other officials around the state. Last month, the party released a scathing financial audit that accused Greer, as part of a broader review of $7.3 million in credit-card spending under his tenure, of inappropriately using party money on his plane.

But the auditors gave Cannon a pass.

Cannon co-owns the plane along with the company GK Aviation, and a small group of businessmen and lawyers from Cannon’s former employer, which is the law firm GrayRobinson.

The audit conducted for the RPOF scrutinized all spending under Jim Greer, but never contacted GK Aviation, nor Cannon’s former law firm until the Orlando Sentinel asked about it last week. The auditors also looked closely at Greer’s flying arrangements closely. Party Chairman John Thrasher said that while Cannon’s flying was to “help candidates,” he wasn’t sure what Greer used his airplane for.

Cannon charged roughly $190,000 over three years and reimbursed the party for $2,994.95 for meals he said were accidentally charged to the party — including $2,530 for a 2008 birthday dinner at the Hot Olives restaurant in Winter Park. As the audit was beginning, he repaid another $465 for groceries, movies and art he said were inadvertently charged in 2007.

Investigators with the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird went to great lengths to document Greer’s flying arrangements between 2007 and 2009 through a charter carrier in Merritt Island called Baer Air. The final report concluded that the party paid $326,111 to fly Greer and others on a plane he owned, and that a portion of what the party paid — $73,264 — was improper because it went to pay off debts Greer owed to Baer Air for replacing the plane’s engines….

….Unlike Greer’s deal, the roughly $300-per-hour the RPOF paid for the use of his plane — a four-seater, smaller than Greer’s Piper Navajo — did not include any payments for past maintenance but instead included only the cost of future “routine maintenance” to keep the plane airworthy, he said.

“This arrangement is completely different than Jim Greer’s arrangement, because I don’t derive any personal benefit from the use of the plane,” Cannon said.

You can read the entire story here.

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Marco Rubio may have finally found an “A-List” he would rather not be a member of. In fact, he claims to have never even heard of this list! Selective amnesia, anyone?

The St. Petersburg Times has obtained an e-mail which made the rounds among judges on the Taj Mahal courthouse committee that calls Rubio a “hero” and “especially helpful” when it came to delivering the money to build the courthouse. That’s the Tallahassee courthouse that was built with millions in funds from the State Workers Compensation Trust Fund that provided things like 60 inch flat screen televisions, private kitchens with granite countertops, private bathrooms and chambers paneled with mahogany for each judge. To the tune of $48 million. This at the same time that budgets were being cut and workers were laid off.

Rubio has claimed to know little about it, contrary to what his former appropriations chairman Ray Sansom says. Sansom is criminally charged with grand theft on another unrelated appropriations case.

A grand jury in Leon County will be looking into the courthouse funding when it meets in late September.

Also noticeable on the list are several other members of the Republican Party Of Florida who found themselves completely in the clear in their audit of their own party’s spending, but did find fault with former member Charlie Crist and Jim Greer. The audit was done by the company that audited Enron.  Those who made the “Heroes” and “Especially Helpful” list, from the Times article:

The heroes list

The building committee of the 1st District Court of Appeal circulated an e-mail in 2008 that identified the “heroes” behind the new courthouse and lauded the few who were “especially helpful.” Here is the list, without the names of six Senate and 10 House staffers:

“Especially helpful”

House Speaker Marco Rubio

Sen. Victor Crist

Rep. Marti Coley

Rep. Ron Reagan

“Other Heroes”

Senate President Ken Pruitt

Sen. Alex Villalobos

Sen. J.D. Alexander

Sen. Lisa Carlton

Rep. Ray Sansom

Rep. Dennis Ross

Rep. Dean Cannon

Rep. Will Weatherford

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp

FSU President T.K. Wetherell

Lobbyist Stephen W. Metz

Lobbyist Peter M. Dunbar

Lobbyist John E. Thrasher (since elected to the Senate)

You can read the full St. Petersburg Times article here.

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Before the 2008 Presidential election, and long after, the GOP raised a fuss by scaring people into thinking President Obama would take their guns away. It caused massive gun and ammunition shortages all over the country.

Well, here we are almost two years later, and I would just like to point out that I don’t believe the President has taken a single gun from a single owner as yet. Chances are he won’t either, as he hasn’t cracked down on gun laws; far from it. But some people still want to make an issue out of it. Don’t forget about crazy Sharron Angle in Nevada. Why, if she doesn’t win her election this fall, she plans on resorting to Second Amendment remedies!

Over the weekend there was a gun show in Jacksonville, and just about everyone in the Republican Party of Florida showed up to schmooze and tout their gun cred while boasting about each of their ratings from the NRA. I’m not a gun person, but I guess the true measure of a man (or woman?) is the size of their NRA rating? Whatever.

Yes, the GOP had a real “blast” at the gun show and all vowed to protect the Second Amendment at all costs if elected. In attendance was Marco Rubio, who said:

“The Second Amendment is one of the distinctive features of our Constitution,” Rubio told a cheering crowd.

Rubio added that, if elected, he would take the Second Amendment into consideration when he voted for judges to the Supreme Court of the United States. “It’s not about the laws we pass,” he said. “It’s about the judges.”

While Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who is now running without party affiliation, backed President Barack Obama’s appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Rubio opposed the nomination.

Rubio spent a half-hour attending the gun show, meeting with vendors and even quickly trying on a ballistic vest. He also met with volunteers who were manning a table for the statewide Republican candidates and some local candidates including Sen. John Thrasher of Jacksonville and Mike Yost who is challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

Candidate for Governor, Rick Scott was also there in between Tea Bagger events, no doubt bragging about his recently received “A” rating from the NRA.

Also there:

Sen. JohnThrasher, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, whose district office is in Jacksonville, attended the show accompanied by Senate President Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach, the Republican candidate for state CFO, and former Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi, the GOP candidate for  attorney general.

“We’re proud every one of us has been backed by the NRA,” said Thrasher.

Why yes, I can’t think of anything more admirable than a backing from the NRA.

Not to be out done, Pam Bondi bragged about her big “A” rating while chastising Dem. rival Dan Gelber for his “F” rating:

“I am very blessed to receive an ‘A’-rating from the NRA,” said Bondi, who engaged in friendly banter with Atwater — saying the fact she has never held elective office prevented her from getting an “A-plus” — the grade the NRA gave to the Senate president.  Bondi also commented on the grade received by another senator, Dan Gelber of Miami Beach, the Democratic candidate in the attorney general race. “My opponent has an ‘F’,” she said.

Bondi won cheers for vowing to fight for Second Amendment rights and for pledging to defend the 10th Amendment — and continue the legal challenge launched by current Attorney General Bill McCollum against new, President Barack Obama-backed federal health-care laws.

Just to show what a tough cookie she is, Bondi apparently not only thinks if you happen to get shot, no biggie, BUT you can also just forget about any medical attention should you get in the way of a stray bullet out on the street, or in your own home, which recently happened in the Tampa Bay area.

But let’s get back to measuring NRA ratings, shall we?

Atwater was clearly pleased by the “A-plus” grade he received from the NRA — as well as the association’s endorsement Friday.

“On a day that celebrates the wisdom of the founders who established our nation and created our Constitution, it is a great honor to have my work to protect our freedoms acknowledged,” Atwater said Friday, when the NRA announced it was backing his campaign over Democratic nominee Loranne Ausley, a former state representative.

“No other candidate in this race has the background of dedicated legislative service that you have demonstrated to the cause of freedom, the Second Amendment and protection of constitutional rights,” wrote Marion Hammer of the NRA to Atwater.

Bill Bunting, who handles Second Amendment issues for the RPOF and is a Republican state committeeman from Pasco County, praised the candidates for their commitment to the right to bear arms and for going through NRA and concealed-weapons classes. He especially praised Bondi’s marksmanship.

Yes, how about little Annie Oakley, huh?

So no worries to anyone out there stowing away your guns and ammo in your bunkers.

The RPOF has you covered!

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There’s a line from one of my all time favorite movies, “My Cousin Vinny.” If you’ve seen it you’ll know which one I mean. An attorney is asking a prospective juror her views on the death penalty. When the woman says “Fry him!” the attorney gives a thumbs up to the judge and says: “She’ll do!”

Well, that is the current mentality of the desperate state of the Republican Party in Florida at the moment. On Tuesday their big gamble on the Governor’s office didn’t pan out as they had hoped. It seems that Bill McCollum just couldn’t pull it off, in spite of his popular voter friendly platforms, like: “I want to take away your health care”, and “I’ll put my boot to the rear of anyone who is brown and without papers,” and in spite of his scintillating debating skills (against himself, no less) and “vibrant” personality. He couldn’t cut it. Add to that, the GOP is so involved in corruption scandals down here and low on cash, McCollum had a bit of a problem running against someone perhaps even worse who was loaded and spending millions to “buy” the Governor’s office: Rick Scott.

Well, he lost. And as of this moment, Bill McCollum is still cowering in an office somewhere feeling sorry for himself. Worse still, he’s doing a really bad impression of a man who has principles, and appears in public only briefly to say things like “I still have questions about Rick Scott” when asked if he’ll endorse him or not.

Now it’s time to add insult to McCollum’s injury. It seems his best pals in the Republican Party Of Florida have bailed on him faster than, well, a loser with no cash. It seems they waited almost 24 hours before they said, with thumbs in the air: “He’ll do!” to Rick Scott.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher, the “Drill Off The Coast Of Florida Yesterday” twins, Senator Mike Haridopolos and Representative Dean Cannon, lesser brother Jeb Bush and many others have dived off the McCollum titanic, into a lifeboat, and are paddling faster than you can say: “Gov. Sink” in hopes that Scott will keep them afloat.

Make no mistake, the Republican Party of Florida will never be labeled as the “Party With Principles.” They have none, and they apparently don’t care that you, the voter, know that. Never before has it been so clear that they value two things more than anything:

1. Cash

2. Power

And it’s never been clearer that the GOP, Florida and otherwise, would like nothing more than to take both of those things away from you, the voter. Just take a look at this video made by the committee that Mike Haridopolos and Dean Cannon threw cash at earlier this month in order to fight against Rick Scott in favor of McCollum:

Yes. There’s nothing Republican about Rick Scott. Unless Rick Scott is all they’ve got. How do the “real Republicans” feel about selling out voters and the State of Florida?

“He’ll do!”

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It looks like Sarah Palin has picked up a new member to add to her “stable” of Pink Elephants and Momma Grizzlies endorsees: Pam Bondi (R) candidate for Florida Attorney General. That should bode well for Bondi shouldn’t it? That Sarah Palin stamp of approval? Maybe not.

The Palin endorsement record of late should have candidates running away from Palin, but apparently Bondi didn’t get the memo. She proudly gave herself a shout out for scoring Palin’s endorsement yesterday on her website and in notes on her Facebook page. (Hm, where did she get that idea?) If Bondi is like Sarah’s other recent endorsed candidates, she may well kiss her hopes for being the next Attorney General goodbye.

One can certainly see why Palin would endorse Bondi though. She has many similarities to Palin. A look at Bondi’s webpage shows she’s short on issues, aside from the fact that she likes guns, wants immigration laws similar to Arizona, and wants to end health care reforms for Floridians. She’s also been a commentator for FOX-GOP-TV. And speaking of FOX-GOP-TV, she recently campaigned at one of Sean Hannity’s “Freedom Concerts” which claims it donates, or rather “aids greatly” to scholarships for the children of our troops. The group faces scrutiny for its claims, something a candidate for Attorney General might take into consideration when appearing with them, but that doesn’t look too important to her, nor her GOP colleagues. Sure, whatever. And what good GOP candidate doesn’t get out there and wrap themselves in the flag for political purposes when it’s to their benefit? Another favorite tactic of Palin’s.

Pam Bondi goes even further than Palin when it comes to her lack of political smarts: she’s not big on voting herself. That’s right, she didn’t bother to vote in the last Presidential election. (Did anyone tell Sarah?)

Bondi only met Sarah this past May, but then how well do you really need to know someone when campaign cash is involved, am I right? And it’s a good thing she’s getting those contributions now, because Sarah’s value as a speaker is quickly falling. Palin is coming back to Florida next week for a speaking engagement at an anti-abortion event called “An Evening Of Hope” hosted by Heroic Media, the anti-abortion media group sponsor, for the benefit of Republican Party Of Florida head John Thrasher who apparently doesn’t have enough anti-abortion cred and needs the boost from Palin. Sadly, that may not be enough anymore, because Palin has been “marked down.”

It seems not enough people are interested in catching Palin and crew this time around. So few that the venue had to be moved to a smaller location. From 3,000 seats to 609. As it is, tickets are going from $50 to $100, but people aren’t buying. There’s no mention how much Heroic Media had to shell out for the Pain speaking fee, but if it’s the usual going rate, they will lose a lot of money. Bummer.

Pam Bondi may be pleased with herself now that she’s the newest member of Sarah Palin’s “pink elephants” club, but the odds are more in favor that her win as the Republican candidate for Attorney General will be wishful thinking.  Or like those pink elephants, a mere hallucination.

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In her “tireless” yet laughably ironic quest to help elect candidates “who understand the constitution” (her words) Sarah Palin is on her way to Florida. Again.

This time she’ll be “helping” Republican Party Of Florida head John Thrasher. Thrasher faces a primary challenge from GOP Dr. Charles Perniciaro, but he also needs to boost his anti-abortion cred with the right-wing who say he hasn’t seized the opportunity in the past to restrict partial-birth abortion and require parental notification for minors who seek abortions. In other words, he’s not anti-abortion enough. So who better to call on to enter screeching than Sarah Palin?

Before you run to the nearest electronics store for noise-cancellation headphones, or pack up to leave the state entirely, keep in mind that her track record for boosting Republicans hasn’t exactly been a good one. A Palin endorsement these days is almost a given as a win for the other guy, and her recent blunders have proven to be so blatantly dumb that even her most unaware supporters have begun to notice that she doesn’t have a clue. Just last week she and her daughter were caught showing their true colors before realizing they were on camera, and yesterday she demonstrated that she doesn’t know the difference between the stimulus, tax cuts for the rich, and the TARP.

So one would think John Thrasher would be running away from Palin rather than appearing with her. Wrong.

Not only will they appear together, but they will do so in the typical GOP fashion with new heights of hypocrisy:

Yes. “One Amazing Night” of anti-abortion fun with Sarah Palin! The self-proclaimed “Mama Grizzly” who touts free speech, and slings mud and hate from the safety of her FOX, Facebook, and Twitter bubble. The woman who takes no questions, gives no interviews, and vilifies the media while she uses them, brought to you by an organization calling themselves “Heroic Media.”

There’s no word yet on how much Palin will charge for “free speech” this time around, but regardless of whatever the advertised topic may be, her recent speeches have reportedly become more and more “all about her” than anything else. If that turns out to be the case here, do you suppose there may be a few ticket holders who will wish they had their money back?

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