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January 5, 2011

Inauguration Watch: Next-Gen GOP Already “Having a Ball”

My tweet today (before I saw the pictures):

Jerry Brown sworn in, no cupcake, down to biz. GOP’s Scott (R-HMO) in FL doing it up like dotcom days before bubble burst.

…Yeah, it was before I saw the hot dog. The comparison tells you a lot, though, between the Brown austerity agenda and the two-day Scott inauguration extravaganza.

Not that Jerry didn’t have a little event inside following the swearing in and before the wiener. But then, try comparing that to the multi-day, budget-blowing, rolling Rick-fest, including:

The Corresponding Gastronomy

Rick, and the Rick Inauguration concert.

Rick and the First Lady at the First Lady’s Shindig.

The Inauguration.

And then, the official mega-Inauguration parade!

(Photo 1: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Caption: California governor Jerry Brown enjoys a hot dog during the People’s Party after he was sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California on  January 3, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Jerry Brown will begin his third term as California’s governor 28 years after serving his last term. photo 2: Lexey Swall/Naples News. caption: Scenes from the first day of Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s inaugural celebration Monday in Tallahassee. Lexey Swall/Staff  Naples News.photo 3: Shealah Craighead/ Governor Rick Scott Flickr page. caption: Gov.- Elect Rick Scott attends in the Military Appreciation: Honoring Those Who Serve concert event at the Leon County Civic Center as part of a day of events in the lead-up to his inauguration as the 45th Governor of Florida Monday, January 3, 2011, in Tallahassee, Florida. The event features performances from John Michael Montgomery, Aaron Tippin, Rockie Lynne, Lee Greenwood, The Avenue D Boys Choir and Flavor and is free to all members of the military and their families.photo 4: Eric Tournay/ Governor Rick Scott Flickr page. caption: Gov.- Elect Rick Scott and wife, Ann participate in A Trip to the First Lady: Honoring Ann Scott at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science on as part of a day of events in the lead-up to his inauguration as the 45th Governor of Florida Monday, January 3, 2011, in Tallahassee, Florida. They are also joined by his mother Esther, and daughters Allison and Jordan.photo 5: Lexey Swall/Naples News: Caption: Swearing in: Gov. Rick Scott gives a speech after taking the oath of office to become the Florida’s 45th governor Tuesday, January 4, 2011 on the steps of the Historic Capitol in Tallahassee. photo 6: Lexey Swall/Naples News.caption: The Florida A&M University marching band performs during the inauguration parade for Gov. Rick Scott, Florida’s 45th governor, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 in Tallahassee.)

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