My esteemed editor at TAS, Wlady Pleszczynski, rarely asks me for a column on a specific subject. He usually and kindly allows me to bang on about whatever is on my mind, which leads to uneven results. But he has now asked me for an update on the Florida U.S. Senate race, and this has proved more difficult than any of his previous requests. Difficult because as far as I, and the politically savvy folks I’ve consulted on this, can tell, there isn’t one yet. Maybe there will be one after that other election in Florida is done and dusted Tuesday.
Usually an open U.S. Senate seat is a big political deal and attracts lots of media attention. Control of the U.S. Senate is indeed a big deal, not least because of the likelihood that the next President and Senate will have multiple Supreme Court vacancies to fill. Republicans currently have a majority of four in the U.S. Senate. But they must defend 24 seats this year to only 10 for the Democrats.