Jabs and jokes came from two lobbyists when they offered insider perspectives into the midterm elections to about 40 people Wednesday night at Pugh Hall.
Kathy Baughman McLeod, head of the Public Policy Group, spoke about the Democrats' plan to become a majority party in Florida.
"The way back," McLeod said, "is to regroup and get new faces."
Richard Pinsky, a Republican, explained that Alex Sink focused too much on campaigning that she was the best candidate, instead of tapping into voters' sentiment.
"It's not about the issues," he said. "It's about the message."
The moderator of the discussion, Lester Abberger, said that the public tends to think week-to-week and forget about past elections.
"There's a saying that a week is a lifetime in politics," he said, adding later that the public thinks in terms of, "We're not like France; we're not like England. We're not supposed to suffer."
When joking about why political consultants voted for Amendment No. 4, Pinsky said, "Don't take this the wrong way, but you all are easily manipulated."