TAMPA — Having been around political animals for the better part of a half-century, I know members of this peculiar species can convince themselves they can win elections that every other sentient being paying the slightest attention knows they have no chance at. Even knowing this, an item in the popular “Buzz” section of this morning’s Tampa Bay Times is a stunner.
Adam Smith, the Times political editor, is a sound reporter. So I don’t believe he’s just filling space on a slow news day. If he says Florida Governor Rick Scott is sounding out fundraisers on the possibility of Scott’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 when Democrat Bill Nelson’s third term expires, then Smith has some reason to believe this is so. But what a strange notion. It would be amusing if it weren’t so bizarre.