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I set out to write a piece about Florida and the Democratic party several months ago. I didn’t think it would be that hard. I was wrong.
Because it’s hard to watch something you helped build get torched to the ground.
So I decided instead to tell you a story: the political story of Florida, told by a guy who was directly in the middle of a lot of it—and an observer of all of it.
Go ahead and pull up a bottle of whiskey, or maybe a bottle of champagne, depending on your party ID, and let’s get started.
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