Six months ago, in the wake of theÂ wipe-out midterm elections, moderate Florida Sen. Bill Nelson privately vented that President Barack Obama, weighed down by his health reform effort and muddled messaging, was â€œtoxicâ€ for Democrats back home.
YetÂ Obamaâ€™s approval rating has surged from 42 percent to 51 percent in the last month, and Nelson is now openly embracing the president, pronouncing himself dutifully â€œfired upâ€ at an Obama-hosted Miami fundraiser this spring.
Whatâ€™s changed? The killing ofÂ Osama bin Laden, slow but demonstrable improvements to the foreclosure-ravaged economy, a cooling of tea party passions and the toxic nature of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryanâ€™s Medicare overhaul in a state with one of the largest populations over the age of 55 in the nation â€” all are factors in Obamaâ€™s turnaround.
But Obamaâ€™s biggest asset in a critical swing state he won by a mere 2.8-percentage-point margin in 2008 might beÂ Rick Scott, the wildly unpopular Republican governor Democrats are casting as Lex Luthor to Obamaâ€™s Clark Kent.
Democrats say Scott, a stern, angular, unvarnished former health insurance executive, is an easily caricatured embodiment of conservative excess and tea party overreach. And he will likely be Obamaâ€™s prime target inÂ Florida, no matter who the Republican presidential nominee is, as well as the best hope of countering the threat posed by the possible selection of popular freshman Sen. Marco Rubio as the GOP nomineeâ€™s vice presidential running mate.
â€œObviously, it gets a lot tougher for us if they put someone like Rubio on the ticket,â€ said Scott Arceneaux, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. â€œButÂ Rick Scott is the standard-bearer for Republicans in Florida. â€¦ He wants to be President Obamaâ€™s foil in Florida, and weâ€™re more than happy to let him be just that.â€
Happy isnâ€™t an emotion beleaguered Florida Democrats have experienced much lately, but Scott is bucking them up. A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed his approval rating at 29 percent and his disapproval rating at 57 percent â€” by far the lowest approval rating of any governor in the country.
â€œThe double whammy for any Republican running in Florida is Rick Scott and Medicare,â€ said Democratic National Committee ChairwomanÂ Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the south Florida congresswoman who was chosen for her new job, in part, to be Obamaâ€™s most visible surrogate in the nationâ€™s biggest swing state.
â€œRick Scott is at 29 percent â€” 29 percent!â€ she added.
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