Today on Context Florida: Charlie Crist, money, Florida Democrats and John Morgan returns

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Today on Context Florida:

When a candidate loses an election, Peter Schorsch says there’s a tendency to ask what could have been done differently. Coulda, woulda, shoulda is a natural part of the post-election period. But when a candidate loses by a margin as tight as Charlie Crist fell short against Rick Scott — 48.2 to 47.1 percent — there’s an obligation to go beyond Monday morning quarterbacking.

According to Martin Dyckman, the worst disappointment of Tuesday’s midterms isn’t the re-election of the kleptocrat Rick Scott, or U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s defeat by a Koch stooge in North Carolina, or even the fact that Ted Cruz is now running amok in a Senate majority. What’s worse is the underlying reason for these outcomes: money, money, money, money, money, money and more money.

Adam Weinstein gives three big reasons Florida Democrats still can’t elect a governor, including that they spent plenty of dough, but too little and especially too late. Charlie Crist still could have won if he had been more like Barack Obama and less like Alex Sink: He needed to get out the vote in South Florida.

Now that Amendment 2 on medical marijuana has been defeated and relegated to the trash pile of poorly worded constitutional amendments, Barney Bishop says that we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Well, not really. You see, John Morgan, the lawyer who spearheaded the drive to adopt Amendment 2, can’t stay silent even for a nano-minute. It’s just his nature, which shouldn’t surprise any of us.

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