ScottMany Americans love right wing conservatism in theory, but not so much in practice. As long as it is other people suffering, it is fine. But when the pain hits home and affects their own families, people are not so enthusiastic about draconian, mean-spirited budget cuts.

This reality is affecting the poll numbers of Florida’s ideologue Gov. Rick Scott. A May Quinnipiac University poll put Scott’s approval rating at a dismal 29 percent. His negative rating has rocketed from 22 percent in February to 57 percent in May.

The extremist governor’s unpopularity is worrying Republicans who think it might drag the party down in 2012 and hand this important swing state to Obama.

Unless his personality improves and his politics change, Rick Scott seems like a one-termer.