I’m sorry folks, but Rick Scott and the Republican party should have seen this coming.
Democrats had a vote fraud contingency in place, as they always seem to. They stood ready to deny the will of Floridians, who had just voted to elect the Republican candidate, Governor Rick Scott, to the U.S. Senate. Rick Scott, by contrast, looked a bit like a deer in the headlights, with no contingency in place to defend his own victory in the Florida vote. Republicans scramble now to catch up.
Could Rick Scott have filed for an injunction to halt the Democrats’ illegal after-hours vote count before it got revved up? Maybe he could have. But he didn’t. And in the 48 hours after final vote counts were required from every precinct, Scott watched his statewide lead of nearly 60,000 votes dwindle to about 15,000. That is, as Donald Trump might put it … Huuuuge!
As Governor of Florida, Rick Scott could have dismissed Brenda Snipes, the Elections Supervisor for Democrat-controlled Broward County, the focus of this current round of Democrat malfeasance. Ms. Snipes has engaged in partisan vote count shenanigans in the past, and such behavior warranted her dismissal some time ago. But then Governor Rick Scott was too genteel for that. Is it too late now? One wonders.
Democrats play for keeps. They lie, cheat, and otherwise connive … the name Kavanaugh ring a bell? … whatever it takes to hold onto power. For them, the end justifies the means, no matter the law, ethical principle or individual trampled underfoot.
Thankfully, Senator-elect Scott and the Republican party have now filed multiple law suits to preserve Scott’s hard-won election victory. But his vote lead has dwindled so badly that a statewide recount is underway. Republicans still can successfully defend the will of Florida voters, but only if they are as ruthless as their Democrat adversaries.
And the question lingers: When will Republicans like Rick Scott get their high-minded heads out of the clouds and realize what they’re up against? Come 2020, the Republican party must be ready to preserve election victories in every contested state and congressional district in America.
And they better be ready on election night. Not two or three days afterward.