THE FARCICAL RICK SCOTT…. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) chatted with the hosts of Fox News’ Fox & Friends yesterday, talking about taxes and budget shortfalls. The hosts were duly impressed.

[T]he message worked on Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade — who at the end of a four-minute interview said Scott’s message and proposals are resonating with Florida voters. His proof? Scott’s approval ratings.

“The states that have to balance the budget are making the tough decisions, and getting appreciation for it. Your approval ratings are up,” said Kilmeade.

Well, it’s funny Kilmeade should put it that way, because that’s the exact opposite of the truth.

Public Policy Polling shows Scott’s approval rating plummeting to 32%. Quinnipiac recently found a similar level of support, putting the governor’s support at 35%. A Suffolk University poll released this week found that only 28% of Floridians approved of Scott’s job performance.

These are horrible poll numbers, especially for a governor who’s only been in office for a few months.

There’s no great mystery here. A bizarre criminal got elected governor of Florida, deliberately turned his back on job creation, slashed funding for popular and necessary programs, and unveiled a plan to “reform” Medicaid that would line his own pockets. Of course voters are feeling buyers’ remorse. How could they not?

It’s reached the point at which there are multiple reports of Florida Republicans getting organized to switch their party affiliations away from the GOP, as a way of protesting their ridiculous governor.

For Kilmeade to see all of this and boast on the air about Scott’s rising approval ratings is hilarious, even by Fox News standards.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.