One of the numerous big stories to emerge from Florida yesterday was Charlie Crist's endorsement of Obama. Crist, of course, is a lifelong Republican and former Florida governor, who lost the 2010 Senate primary to Marco Rubio, ran as an independent gaining Obama's tacit (never explicit) support, and lost nonetheless. With this endorsement, Crist appears to have completed a transition to Democrat-in-all-but-name. Democrats are playing this story as a huge success. Republicans are shrugging it off.
The Democrats are right--and the Republicans wrong--about the importance of this story. As in most cases, however, the competing partisan spins serve to mask the real story. That story, as I have been saying for eight-plus years now, is that both of our major parties are undergoing significant transformations.