Washington—Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection. Democrats are not. This vast gulf between the situations of the two parties—not some grand revolt against "the establishment" or "incumbents"—explains the year's primary results, including Tuesday's jarring outcomes in Florida and Alaska. The agitation among Republicans is not surprising, given the trauma of the final years of George W. Bush's presidency.
The Democrats' best chance to beat Marco Rubio for the Florida Senate seat lies in consolidating all the center-left vote behind Charlie Crist, who is rapidly moving leftward. Previously they had been concerned about billionaire gadfly Jeff Greene defeating Kendrick meek in the Democratic primary.
One of my political rules of thumb in any Democratic primary is, if Joe Trippi is supporting one of the candidates, vote for the other guy. The rule worked in 2004, when Trippi became famous as Howard Dean's campaign manager. It worked earlier this year, when Trippi was urging people to support Harold Ford for Senator in New York. Now Trippi is backing gadfly billionaire Jeff Greene in the Florida Democratic primary: In some circumstances, Democrats might be thrilled to have a wealthy local figure rescue the party from Meek's candidacy, which hasn't caught fire -- but this isn't that case.