See that guy up there, all smug and crisp and maybe difficult and probably likely to be unbearable in the presence of a cigar and two fingers of scotch? That's your new State House speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park. Isn't he dreamy? Well, as is his prerogative, Cannon is doing tiny victory laps in his squinty head today, because all of that mysterious money and all of that anger-power that brought last night's scrimmage to its painful conclusion totally worked in his favor. Yay for him!
Right. So rather than rest on the laurels of sanctimonious victory, Cannon reminded us today (probably not by his choosing) that both the Florida House and Senate are now in possession of the golden ticket that allows them to override all the pesky gubernatorial vetoes, past and present, that are effectively keeping this state from crashing into its wall of ideological conclusion. That's right, soon we'll ALL be alligators lapping at the sawgrass with no concern for our tongues. Nothing to worry about here. This is our destiny.
Anyway, despite the howls from the left about keeping an eye on an untethered Republican majority, Cannon felt the need to issue an edict today basically discounting any and all of the concerns that existed before his ascent. Basically, all of that bleeding-heart positioning by failed senatorial hopeful Gov. Charlie Crist – the veto of the ultrasound bill, the veto of teacher merit pay – is now fair play. And why not? This is what children do when they get their way. I know you are but what am I! Cannon sent out an e-mail this afternoon laying the groundwork for a special session cotillion during which all previous governance will probably be trotted out and spat upon. Exciting, right?
"Over the last several months, many of you have expressed concern over the impact of multiple vetoes that followed the 2010 Legislative Session. I will meet with incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos tomorrow to discuss the possibility of a special session to address these and other issues that may be best addressed through legislative action in advance of the 2011 Legislative Session and will send additional information following that meeting."
Turns out spooky Rick Scott isn't really going to be the man behind the wheel after all! He'll be too busy forcing smiles while picking pockets. Hooray? Not really. Cannon and his ilk are the new breed of Floridian politics, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cabal of inevitable wrongdoing that mistakes spite for spittle and right for wrong. Leave your checks and balances at the door, Florida. This is what you asked for.