Has Florida ever produced a pair of low-talking, say-almost-nothing candidates for governor like Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink?
Listening to them is like listening to elevator Muzak: soft, predictable phrasing, with only a modicum of percussion and little or no soul.
In contrast to its reputation as a political hotbed, Florida tends to generate fairly bland candidates. One reason is the size and breadth of the fourth-largest state's electorate. In an effort to appeal to Cuban-American Republicans in Miami, Blue Dog Democrats in the Panhandle, independent voters in Tampa, African Americans in Jacksonville and Jewish retirees in Broward, candidates frequently whitewash their remarks so as to offend as few people as possible.
The homogenization process has increased along with technology. The nonstop, Internet-driven demand for news means that candidate's remarks are scrutinized like never before. A candidate can be ripped apart for an off-the-cuff remark as quickly as it can be tweeted from a cellphone.
The result is that voters rarely hear anything spontaneous or candid. Sink and Scott are whip-smart executive-types with interesting life stories who have been coached into near-automatons.
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