There are a few bright newcomers in the Democratic minority. Are they ready to mount a state-wide campaign compared to the US Senate's former astronaut, Bill Nelson? And would Bill Nelson turn a Lawton Chiles; resigning the US Senate to run as governor?
The Democrats would have a very good chance of holding the US Senate seat if Debbie Wasserman Schultz decided to run. And Bill Nelson is popular throughout the state, channeling a non-confrontational line from the Georgia border to Key West.
If Nelson were to win, he could set a platform for the eventual return of Florida to the blue state column. Of course, the radical right/ Marco Rubio/ Jeb! Bush contingent is worried.
Moreover, if Nelson chose a bright, young Hispanic to be his running mate and gave his lieutenant the chance to shine, he would set the stage for Florida: Latin, socially liberal and forward-looking.
On the other hand, it is easier to find stone claws in Florida Bay than forward thinking Democrats. That's the other news of the day in the Miami Herald: the shortage of stone crab claws. I was startled by the comment of a Florida Fish and Wildlife researcher who shrugged at the shortfall, saying, "It ain't over till it's over." Slim pickings, temperatures rising.