It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise moment that Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam had his political epiphany, writes Daniel Ruth in a must-read profile of Adam Putnam.
… It wasn’t quite a Saul-falling-off-his-horse-on-the-way-to-Damascus revelation that led the then-congressman to decide he had better things to do than hang around Washington dealing with a pelt of Flat Earth Society demagogues.
…For Putnam, the realization that he was a member of the U.S. House of Zombies probably began to percolate in 2008 as the presidential election went into overdrive and the economy started to take a dive.
Putnam recalled a moment when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before the Republican caucus to provide a briefing on the spreading financial cancer. Widely regarded as an astute, sober-minded economist, Bernanke was met with ridicule and derision by the Republican House members.
Putnam was flabbergasted by the show of disrespect. “There were guys (in the caucus) who couldn’t count the commas in a trillion dollars talking to Bernanke like he was a dog.”
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