Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Republican billionaire beats Republican serial loser in Florida

Rick Scott is a health care billionaire, one of the new class of plutocrats who make their money off of government contracts and government programs, and then spend their unlimited wealth on runs for high political office, on platforms opposed to government spending.

Bill McCollum is a boring, time serving, career politician, who has lost as many races as he's won, and whose chief concern is neither policy nor ideology but his next election.

If that's the choice, it doesn't matter who wins the Republican primary.

If that's the best the Republicans can offer, they will squander any political advantages.

The Republican Party remains the Democratic Party's best hope for the future.

Rick Scott pulled off his one-man political revolution Tuesday night, narrowly defeating Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican primary for governor.

With most precincts counted, it became clear that Scott had overcome the might of the Republican establishment, the special interests who dominate the Capitol and a longtime politician determined to tar his character.

Scott's win bears witness to his personal wealth -- he spent at least $50 million of it on the campaign -- as well as the thirst for political change in the Republican Party of Florida, which has been rocked by scandal and whose leaders worked to stop him cold.

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