Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week
Dan Webster. The Orlando-area Republican congressman burst into the national news when Rep. Kevin McCarthy withdrew from the House speaker race. Webster's path remains tough — and his district could get a lot more competitive due to redistricting — but he smartly seized on the moment to elevate his pitch.
Loser of the week
Ben Carson. The retired surgeon and West Palm Beach resident had a busy week of head-scratching interviews, sounding baffled about the debt ceiling and tossing out some doozies about the college massacre in Oregon. "I would not just stand there and let him shoot me," he said one day, and the next recalled how he once directed an armed robber to point his gun at a Popeye's restaurant clerk, rather than at Carson.