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Daniel Ruth column: What's Spanish for 'Gov. Goofball?'

It's fair to say that should Mitt Romney win the presidency, the prospects of Gov. Rick Scott being named ambassador to Spain are somewhere between hapless duffer Charles Barkley winning the U.S. Open and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski being granted parole.

Scott just returned from a Comedy Central mission to Spain, where the governor managed to double down on stupid by: a) making an embarrassed King Juan Carlos squirm more than Nick Nolte posing for a mug shot, and b) once again turning himself (and Florida) into an international punch line.

Gov. Ralph Kramden burst into a meeting with the king blurting out: "I've ridden elephants, I've never shot one," before a mortified Carlos could utter a word.

As diplomatic gaffes go, this might have been right up there with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who having been overserved, was found wandering around in front of Blair House in Washington wearing only his underwear looking for a slice of pizza.

Column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 9:21am]


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