One of the most important traits to master in politics is the ability to show a basic grasp of reality. Florida Democrats have not regularly demonstrated they have that skill.
As Susan Sarandon’s character in the great movie “Bull Durham” memorably said, “The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.” That may be true for the world, but it will get you beat on Election Day.
When you lose statewide races as consistently as Florida Dems have, a look in the mirror might be helpful.
Well, maybe it will happen.
At their state party conference in Orlando, they heard that a sobering observation from Mike Coleman, precinct development director for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. He told attendees Democrats would likely need 500,000 new registered voters by next year if they want to win.
That would be about a 10 percent increase.
That’s some hard reality, and that’s not all.
President Donald Trump will make multiple visits to Florida. He’ll get free media exposure worth millions every time he opens his mouth (think about that). His presence lifts all Republican candidates, Gov. Ron DeSantis for instance.
Having Andrew Gillum lead a