Despite the whipping his party and candidate (Alex Sink) just received in November, wunderkind Florida Democratic strategist Steve Schale says all's not lost for Dems in the upcoming presidential elections. Here's his take:
Tis the season for speculation on 2012, so it came as no surprise that after my Holiday self-imposed no-telephone call break, I found several messages on my phone from reporters asking my take on whether Florida is truly a toss-up state for President Obama, especially after what here (and everywhere else) happened in November.
My answer: Absolutely. There is no question that Florida in 2012 will be competitive. For those who want to write off President Obama here, or anywhere for that matter, history has proven never to count him out. Personally, I believe he can and will win Florida in 2012. But more on that later.
There are lots of reasons why Florida will be competitive in 2012, but mostly the state's Presidential election make-up is vastly different than its Gubernatorial election make-up. Look at the last five elections and you will see it doesn't really matter what happens in the Gubernatorial cycle, Presidential elections are always tight.