Not more than 24 hours after President Barack Obama announced the success of the most important military operation a Democratic president has quarterbacked since JFK’s handling of the Bay of Pigs crisis, Nelson and Sink, each in their own unique wayembarrassedthemselves and Democrats with their statements regarding the death of Osama bin Laden.
Nelson’s statement was the more egregious of the two. As I wrote yesterday, it was completelyinappropriate to attempt to link a bill in the Florida legislature with events half-a-world away. Nelson drew appropriate rebukes from his GOP opponents and the national media.
But at least Nelson, as a US Senator, has the standing to comment on such issues.
Someone please tell me why Alex Sink is commenting on the death of Osama bin Laden. Does anyone care what the former Chief Financial Officer of Florida and failed gubernatorial candidate thinks about the death of OBL?
Releasing this statement is at least the second odd public relations move by Sink since the election. I thought it was particularly odd that one of the very first things the former CFO did after losing the election was join an investment banking firm. Can you imagine the outcry if Sink were a Republican andshe went back to work in the industry she helped regulate for four years?
As many observers are noting this morning, Sink would not be commenting about much of anything if she were not planning on running for statewide office again. Fearful of that prospect, one prominent progressive blogger, Michael Hussey, has created a Facebook page to help convince people to urge Sink never to seek statewide office again.
For the time being, I would just ask that she not send out comment about foreign policy unless someone actually asks her opinion.