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Nelson out for no. 1?



Fate has been glorious to Florida's senior senator and leader of the state's beleaguered Democrats. It's tough to imagine a more desirable opponent for Sen. Bill Nelson than Katherine Harris. Awash in Washington scandal, prone to bizarre statements and battered with public ridicule and backstabbing from fellow Republicans, Harris has no chance to beat Nelson. Nada. Still, she's famous enough for the world to notice Nelson's win.

For a Democratic senator who might fancy himself somebody's presidential running mate someday and it's no secret Nelson does, Nelson surely would relish proving his strength in Republican-leaning Florida by matching former Sen. Bob Graham's 25 percentage point victory over Charlie Crist in 1998.

Note to Nelson: Crushing Harris won't impress anybody; it's expected. To set yourself apart and make a mark in Florida and nationally, make a significant contribution to rebuilding the Florida Democratic Party and its bench of candidates. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:48pm]


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