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Steve Bousquet: Can Gov. Rick Scott become more than a punchline?

After six months as governor, Rick Scott remains a national punch line.

Which is what no politician ever wants to be. Especially the guy in charge of the nation's fourth-largest state.

As Scott passes the six-month mark, this week is as good a week as any to take stock of how he is doing.

The bottom line: There are glimmers of progress in Scott-land, but the governor remains as erratic as ever, and he's a human pinata for the national media.

Don't laugh.

Floridians can take a joke as well as anybody, but we despise being made fun of, especially on the national news.

Entire column here.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 10:18am]


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