Hey, how’s everybody doin’? Been out in California for the last several days, which explains the relative lack of blogging.
Thanks to the Internet, however, I was able to enjoy the sad spectacle of our two Republican candidates for governor tossing insults back and forth.
Starting with Bruce Lisman’s latest missive that, once again, ties Phil Scott to the Shumlin administration. Quite accurately, it must be said. After all, Phil did spend roughly four years as a member of the Shumlin cabinet — a gesture of cross-partisan generosity on Shumlin’s part that cost him a fair amount of criticism. From me, among others; I thought it was a bad idea to help burnish Scott’s moderate, unpartisan credentials.
Guess I was wrong, not only is Our Lite Gov not using his credential, he’d prefer we all forgot about it. In fact, he’d slip it into a Vermont Yankee storage cask if he could.
Lisman did stretch the truth in depicting Scott as “support[ing] Governor Shumlin’s failed health care exchange.” As far as I can recall, Scott never actually supported Vermont Health Connect; leader that he is, he didn’t actually take a stand on the idea. That is, until he started thinking seriously about running for governor himself.
The real laugh line was in the response by Scott campaign manager Brittney Wilson, which revealed a side of Phil Scott I never knew: the Occupy Wall Street sympathizer.
Bruce spent 40+ years working on Wall Street for the two companies who are responsible for the 2009 depression! He made millions off the backs of working Americans!!! And now he’s using that money to run a negative campaign.
Right on, sister!
I’ve gotta say, I’m looking forward to the further adventures of Phil Scott, Populst. Will he be equally critical of big business in Vermont? Will he decry GlobalFoundries’ gleeful acceptance of millions in state grants? Will he slam Keurig Green Mountain for its eco-disastrous K-cups and its broken promises to develop a biodegradable version? Will he lambaste Entergy for its gross under-capitalization of the Vermont Yankee cleanup fund?
Oh, here’s an idea: maybe he could come out against the Association of General Contractors — of which he is a past president — for greedily seeking to pave as much of Vermont as they can. Or, hey, what if he slams lobbying groups like the Farm Bureau or the Grocers and Retailers Association for presenting themselves as advocates for small Vermont business when, in fact, the piper’s tune is called by their out-of-state corporate paymasters?
The possibilities are endless for the newly-minted People’s Champion Phil Scott.
Nah, just kidding. His attack on Wall Street is pure opportunism. No principle at all.
But if I can’t look forward to the further populist musings of Phil Scott, I can joyfully anticipate two more months of dyspeptic Scott/Lisman bickering.