Pete Peterson's return to Florida politics after a four-year stint as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam has started out so unimpressively that the state's Democratic insiders doubt he will run for governor next year.
They feel former Attorney General Janet Reno will be hard to beat for the nomination if she runs.
Peterson, a former Vietnam prisoner-of-war and member of Congress from the Tallahassee district, got high grades for his just-completed four years in Hanoi. But he seemed politically rusty this week, almost referring to Florida as Vietnam at one point and unable to spell out his differences with Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.
With the runoff now eliminated in the state's elections, the big Democratic vote in south Florida may well determine the winner of a primary for governor. That is a big advantage for Reno, the former district attorney from Miami.