Speaker Designate Will Weatherford reminds the world he's a red-blooded Republican

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For a moment, amidst his fierce, but not vociferous, defense of some of Tampa Bay’s most important institutions, such as All Children’s Hospital and USF, there was some concern that Speaker Designate Will Weatherford was something less than a red-blooded Republican.

For a moment, as the praise from centrists, moderates, and the media began to pile up, there was some concern that Weatherford was something less than a full-throated conservative.

Republicans and conservatives need not worry.

“Here’s the problem with the president,” said Rep. Will Weatherford of Pasco County at a Faith and Freedom Coalition luncheon. “The president does not believe in the American idea. He does not believe in the foundation, the very pillars that this country was founded upon. He does not share that world view.”

Is that full-throated enough? Red-blooded enough?

This is the first time I’ve seen Rep. Weatherford go down this road, but it’s understandable. His remarks were made in the atmosphere of a political convention. I also think Rep. Weatherford means President Obama doesn’t fully believe in some of the capitalist and free market principles upon which this country was founded. I disagree with Rep. Weatherford’s criticism, but that’s what I believe he meant.

What I don’t think Weatherford meant is that the President is un-American.

That’s why I have to disagree with Democratic leader Perry Thurston, who accused Weatherford of “denigrating (the President’s) patriotism.”

I didn’t hear that from Will Weatherford. I heard an honest criticism from someone who vehemently disagrees with the President’s worldview. But, yes, it was a full-throated, red-blooded criticism.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.