This is like holding a gun to our heads and telling the federal government, “Don’t give us this money or we’ll blow our brains out.”

— Florida State Sen. David Simmons (R-Orange County), on the precipitous decision by Gov. Rick Scott to refuse $2.4 billion in federal assistance for a high-speed rail line in Central Florida. Local and national office holders from both parties worked for years to bring in the bullet train, but the tea party rejects infrastructure spending. Scott, who has appeared on FOX News four times since taking office last month, is widely acknowledged to be using every issue in Florida to position himself against Obama for a tea party run for president in 2012.