An interesting theory passed along by Florida political reporter Adam Smith: Would Jeff Greene be the presumptive Democratic Senate nominee if only he'd spent even more money?
Greene has spent $22.9 million of his own cash so far, but Kendrick Meek is opening up a decent lead in the polls ahead of next week's primary.
The theory is that, had former campaign manager Joe Trippi convinced Greene to spend even more, "he could have buried Meek to the point where he could not dig out." But, I dunno! I mean Greene has basically already spent "bury him" money, and he didn't bury Meek. But money doesn't stop an endless drumbeat of stories about how best man Mike Tyson might've done cocaine on your party boat, or how you're a shitty boss, or how you were involved in a scuzzy real estate deal in California.
In Connecticut, Linda McMahon is sorta showing that money can trump character issues, but Greene is a heroically bad candidate, character-wise. Lots of people enjoy professional wrestling. Mega-yacht trips to Cuba are a bit less populist.