Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee used his FOX News show tonight to lament Gov. Rick Scott's poor poll numbers and all but put the blame on the "idiot" newspapers.
"You're doing a lot of things people had hoped you would do, and yet (your) approval rating recently has not been steller," Huckabee said. "And I'm stunned as to why."
Huckabee pointed to the the state's declining unemployment (never has a 10.6 percent jobless rate sounded so good) as proof that Scott "had already done what you promised you going to do." Huckabee asked if his problems were the Legislature and the press, but Scott didn't take the bait.
"When you make tough decisions, some people don't like it," Scott said.
Apparently no one told Huckabee that Scott doesn't read Florida news, because the former presidential candidate stayed on point, showing these unpleasant newspaper headlines:
• Sun-Sentinel: Is Rick Scott the country's worst governor?
• Miami New Times: Will any GOP 2012 candidate even want Rick Scott's endorsement?
• St. Petersburg Times: The job-killing governor
It's unclear if even Huckabee read any of the articles. Two of the three (the Sun-Sentinel and Times) are editorials and the third is a blog that teases to the conservative DailyCaller.com, which quotes GOP strategist Rick Wilson saying former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will be more important endorsements than the governor of the country's biggest swing state.
"What is it about the newspapers and the press there that just seems to want to ignore the obvious of the positive successes that Florida is experiencing?" Huckabee asked Scott.
When Scott turned the question back to his own message about competing for jobs, Huckabee predicted that Scott's endorsement will be a prize for GOP presidential contenders.
"Can I tell you that every one of them are going to want it and they would be proud to have it and anyone else who thinks otherwise is simply an idiot," Huckabee said. "And I'll say that about the newspaper who had the audacity to put that headline in there."