Postcard from Dystopia

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A few days ago, in Anne Laurie’s thread about Rand Paul’s tenuous belief in democracy, the topic turned to speculation about Baby Doc’s presidential aspirations. I said:

I have a hard time believing Baby Doc could get elected to any office that required appealing to voters who are not hardcore wingnuts and Papa Doc fans. It’s not that the electorate is particularly discerning. It’s just that Baby Doc comes across as such an arrogant, smarmy prick.

I was right about Paul being an arrogant, smarmy prick, but upon further reflection, I should have known better than to think that’s a disqualifying factor in a general election. An example is right under my nose here in Florida, where Rick Scott—a Voldemort lookalike and known crook who displays all the personal warmth and charm of an anaconda—was elected governor in 2010.

True, Scott won with less than 50% of the vote, and he needed $77 million of his personal fortune, a wind at his back gusted up by the rebranded Bush dead-ender “Tea Party” plus the apathy of Democrats dispirited by a real and perceived lack of pony production on the part of President Obama and the Democratic Congress. All of this broke Scott’s way.

Some might dismiss Scott’s election as just another example of Florida insanity, like face-eating zombies, airborne fish attacks and fatal roach-eating contests. Maybe, but I think Florida is a better microcosm for America than is generally acknowledged.

Florida has left-of-center coastal enclaves, heavily armed yahoos and religious fanatics in the interior, a growing immigrant population, simmering racial tensions, a politically powerful “Screw you, Jack, I’ve got mine!” elderly population and disaffected, jobless young folks who have been robbed of their future and birthright by nature-despoiling greed-heads.

Is this not America?

As for the future, Scott’s approval ratings have consistently been among the lowest of any governor in the US, and I used to believe that all the Democrats had to do to beat him handily next year was nominate someone capable of fogging a mirror. But the Florida Democratic Party (of which I am a proud member) is a hot mess, and fault lines are emerging that could result in yet another epic fail.

Those fault lines are reflected on this blog (stupid fucking firebagger! drone-loving obot!), and you’ll see them deepen nationally as 2016 approaches. Love him or not, President Obama is a gifted politician, but he’s won his last election.

Can anyone else bring our fractured coalition together—if only for one fucking day? We better hope so. Unless the rest of you want to live in a Hiaasen novel too.

[Image credit: Buzzfeed; x-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 06/20/13 at 11:06 AM • Permalink

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Florida has left-of-center coastal enclaves, heavily armed yahoos and religious fanatics in the interior, a growing immigrant population, simmering racial tensions, a politically powerful “Screw you, Jack, I’ve got mine!” elderly population and disaffected, jobless young folks who have been robbed of their future and birthright by nature-despoiling greed-heads.

You forgot to mention the encroachment of lesser Alabama in the panhandle.

One of the things that worries me is that, although it should peter out because it isn’t anything, the IRS/ Tea Party thing threatens to wake up the dozing (hmm, maybe it’s not exactly a juggernaut…) chiggernaut that was the Tea Party, just as the NSA business turns off the progs. I’ve even seen Glenn Beck ‘round and about again, and since FOX took back the Wonda from the Tundra, I wonder if we’ll be seeing Tea Party 2: the 2014 Election.  Or at least, something hyped that way, if only to get gold prices back up.

I’m terrible at election prognostication, but pretty good at economic tea leaf reading, and the stuff going on in China right now isn’t good, global economy-wise. 

Their bond rates are inverted, meaning the short-term bonds pay higher interest than long-term bonds; this exact same scenario is what presaged the collapse of the US economy.  So, does China going into a economic collapse mean good things or bad things for our economy (and by extension, our electoral prospects)?  Because of the interconnectedness of the global economy, I suspect the answer is “bad”, and that never helps the prospects of the sitting party.

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