Scott-Crist Debate: The Twitterverse Responds to Brutal On-Air Smackdown
Michele Eve Sandberg
Well, that was brutal. Fangate obviously didn't cool down any tempers. Last night, Gov. Rick Scott met challenger Charlie Crist in the final gubernatorial debate. If you plugged into the live feed from Jacksonville, you witnessed the only show outside of the WWE featuring well-tanned and slightly delirious egos pounding each other with metaphoric metal chairs.
Both the current and former governor unloaded full clips of personal attacks, umbrage, and criticism. They bashed each other on backstory, on lifestyle, on who grew up poor and who grew up rich, who was friends with scumbags, who was a scumbag. It was ugly. And ultimately, it didn't move voters much. The latest Quinnipiac poll put both candidates at 44 percent.
The reason, it seems, is that Florida voters are just sick of both Scott and Crist. A dive into tweets from last night's debate illustrates the late-election-season malaise.
Of course, you've got your partisans:
Charlie Crist is such a douche.
— Neva (@pipandbaby) October 22, 2014
"Rick Scott is the worst person in Florida." -- Casey Anthony
— Michael Not Mike (@VivaMurillo) October 22, 2014
IS IT ME OR DOES RICK SCOTT SOUND LIKE HE IS STONED WHEN HE TALKS
— Patrick (@PaddydubPatrick) October 22, 2014
Then some tweeters seemed to use the debate as an occasion to climb on the shrink's couch and let loose some inner demons. User @sexbangme unraveled this confession:
I had a dream that my mom was dating Rick Scott and he was a priest and he kept taking me out of frozen yogurt and it was so weird idk
— tor (@sexbangme) October 22, 2014
I think Florida politician Rick Scott might be an alien in a human suit. And Crist only just convinced me he was human but this fan flap...
— Doug Bryan (@DougBryanF1) October 22, 2014
— SkreetGil (@SkreetGil) October 22, 2014
But the disgust -- coming from both sides of the political aisle -- is palpable.
And yes, I've seen, and worked, some serious human and political depravity, and Crist is still the most evil and morally vacant of the lot.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 22, 2014
@bbrucew12 Crist is spanking that butt in debates, I've been watching.
— philip harris (@pharris830) October 22, 2014
And, well, there's got to be a better way to say that last part there:
— Ralph (@Ralph_and_Wife) October 22, 2014
In total, you just get the sense that everyone is ready for Election Day to be over already, like, please God, soon.
— kppotatoes (@kppotatoes) October 22, 2014
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