FL Governor Rick Scott provided plenty of fodder for ridicule last night, first by delaying the debate with a shit-fit over a fan and then with his bizarre debate performance. But his response to a question about Stand Your Ground and whether justice was served in the Trayvon Martin case deserves closer scrutiny. You can watch how both Crist and Scott responded here.
No, Crist didn’t say outright that the verdict was a miscarriage of justice; he said he wasn’t on the jury, so he couldn’t condemn the finding. But he did say there’s something wrong with Stand Your Ground and it needs to be changed. In this state, that’s a little bit brave.
Contrast Crist’s response with Scott’s. First Scott repeatedly invoked Trayvon Martin’s parents, using their first names as if they were all in the same quilting circle. And he acknowledged that “death is a tragic death,” which is certainly a unique perspective. But he said he wouldn’t change the law.
Ol’ Charlie is a bit of a weathercock…okay, he’s a regular turbine spinning fast enough to power Miami for the next decade. But that answer alone ought to be enough to inspire any Democrat worthy of the party affiliation to climb over razor wire, swim across gator-infested canals and traverse the giant python-ridden Everglades to vote for Crist.