As Sun-Sentinel columnist Steve Bousquet explained last weekend, Huckabee is going after a Florida lawyer who made some jokes about Huckabee on Twitter.
The attorney was mocking Huckabee’s involvement in a case to close off public access to beaches near Huckabee’s coastal home. Among other things, the attorney called Huckabee a “beach thief.”
This was apparently too much for the minister who calls others racist, loony, elitist fools.
So, clutching his pearls, Huckabee filed a complaint with the Florida Bar, accusing attorney Dan Uhlfelder of “re-posting disparaging newspaper editorials and cartoons about me, accusing me of being ‘very sensitive…’”
Huckabee asked the Bar, which is an official arm of the state Supreme Court, “to curb and control such childish peevishness.”
The complaint is obviously hypocritical. (A trait the Bible doesn’t think much of. See: Matthew 7:5; Galatians 6:3.)
It also backfired … wildly. After Bousquet posted his column — and after Pensacola News Journal cartoonist Andy Marlette weighed in — more people wanted to hear what Uhlfelder had to say about Huckabee. Like a lot more.
On Saturday morning, @DWUhlfelderLaw had about 400 Twitter followers. By Saturday afternoon, he had 20,000. And by Wednesday, he was up to 76,900. That means approximately 19,000% more people are now hearing the thoughts Huckabee wanted to silence. It’s hard to imagine the Bar will take Huckabee’s complaint seriously — especially since Huckabee himself has tweettaunted those who get “triggered” by humorous insults.
“If you lack sense of humor, get ‘offended’ by slights you create, or just can’t bring yourself to tolerate those you disagree with the(n) DO NOT watch my show 2nite!” he tweeted last year. “You will be triggered and will need a pony, popsicle, and Playdough (sic) to cope!”
Maybe somebody should get the governor a pony.
Smells like Florida
This week’s Only-inFlorida headlines:
“School bus evacuated after one student has on too much Axe body spray” … “A Keys politician didn’t like his rival’s sign. So he and the city clerk stole it, cops say” … “Loaded semi-automatic rifle inside $10 baby gift bought at Florida thrift store”
That last one is poppin’ tags, Florida-style.
Fried ducks votes
Florida Democrats have a grand total of one voice in statewide office.
Unfortunately for them, that lone voice has been self-silenced lately.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has had concerns about two issues recently brought before the Florida Cabinet. But instead of voting against the matters, Fried decided not to cast any vote at all.
Once, she just walked out of the meeting.
That seems like weak sauce. But it might also violate state law.
Two public-meeting experts told the Tampa Bay Times that Florida statutes require public officials to cast votes on all issues unless they declare a conflict of interest, which Fried did not. Republican Party of Florida Chairman Joe Gruters also chimed in, saying: “Voters trusted her to be a state leader, not run away from tough decisions.”
Gruters is right. Regardless of the legality, Fried looks like she’s checking her responsibility and spine at the door. In semi-related news, Fried also announced this week that she’s now engaged.
So I presume someone in that relationship popped the question … and the other didn’t duck it. Congratulations, commissioner.
Visit Florida nonsense
And finally, I’ve read some pretty boneheaded newspaper pieces in my time.
Heck, I’ve penned some, too, according to online commenter MaxwellSux421.
But I read a recent editorial from the Palm Beach Post that was so logically flawed, it accidentally refuted the case it was trying to make. The piece was titled: “State tourism industry still needs marketing support of Visit Florida.”
In it, the Post argued that “Ending Visit Florida’s marketing support makes about as much sense as Coca-Cola eschewing millions of dollars in advertising because ‘Coke’ is already the best-known soft-drink brand name in the world.”
Right … except for one little detail: Coke pays for its own bloody advertising! Not
Visit Florida relies primarily on tax dollars.
Tourism should fund its own ads, just like most every other industry in Florida does.
To realize how obvious that point is, consider the Post’s own flawed example. Imagine the soda industry asking taxpayers to pay for its TV ads.
The company would be laughed out of the state. By media. By politicians. And by and all the other industries that weren’t getting the same subsidies.
Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee in 2012.