Democrats are desperate for political candidates with pizazz

Democrats convened in South Florida last weekend, downright giddy about their prospects for next year.

With Rick Scott less popular than a hangnail, they're convinced 2012 will be a banner year.

But here's the thing: You can't beat someone with no one.

And right now, the Democratic bench has less depth than a rain puddle.

In fact, one of the potential Democratic candidates generating buzz down inHollywood was Charlie Crist … who isn't actually a Democrat.

Florida Dems are titillated at the prospect of Crist continuing his Kafkaesque transformation from Republican to independent to possibly Democrat in 2014.

It's telling that the Democrats' search for promising candidates involves recent Republicans.

Ever since Jeb Bush came onto the scene in 1998, Democrats have offered up one lackluster candidate after another.

It's like Lawton Chiles died that year … and took the party's prospects with him to the grave.

"You are absolutely right," said Democratic heavyweight John Morgan, who now employs Crist at his law firm. "If you're a Democrat, that was the day our music died."

I bet you can't even remember two of the party's last three nominees for governor.

OK, Alex Sink. But how about the guy before her in 2006?

That was Jim Davis, the guy who's platform included … zzzzzz. Sorry, I dozed off there for a minute thinking about Davis's campaign. Nice guy. Uninspiring campaign.

Before that was Bill McBride — Alex Sink's husband.

That's right. In a state with 17 million people, two of the Democratic Party's last three candidates were married to each other.

And both lost.

It must be sad when pillow talk involves comparing loss margins.

Sink was actually the best gubernatorial candidate Democrats have fielded in the past decade. She may try again in 2014. And there are a handful of other candidates with statewide potential, including former State Sen. Dan Gelber.

But the more immediate issue facing Dems is finding a slate of candidates to run with the anti-Rick Scott momentum next year.

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