Dem Smack Down!
Here's a brief synopsis of how badly the democrats are beating the republicans in the fundraising game so far from The New York Times.
Senator Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat, raised at least $20 million over the summer, more than $19 million of which could be spent on the primary — showing that he continued to be a formidable fund-raiser. It was unclear whether he still led in fund-raising, as he did this spring, because Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton did not release her tally. (Her aides had said that they expected to raise a similar amount.) John Edwards raised $7 million, and Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico raised $5.2 million.
By comparison, Mitt Romney, who has been one of the strongest Republican fund-raisers this election, raised only about half of what Mr. Obama raised this summer, according to a senior adviser who was granted anonymity to discuss the campaign’s finances. The adviser said that Mr. Romney brought in about $10 million from donors, and that he used more than $6 million of his own money for his campaign.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, who replaced his chief fund-raiser at the end of the quarter, did not release a tally, but said over the weekend that he thought he would “do as well as the other Republicans — maybe we will do better than some.” Fred D. Thompson raised at least $8 million in his first quarter as a candidate, according to people involved with the campaign — less than the other leading candidates raised early in their campaigns.
And Senator John McCain of Arizona raised more than $5 million, according to a Republican familiar with the campaign’s finances.
Strategists in both parties said that the fund-raising imbalance showed that Democrats, and their donors, are more energized this year as they battle to reclaim the White House after nearly eight years of Republican rule. And they said President Bush’s sagging popularity is hurting the Republicans who are vying to replace him.
“This just shows the difficult political climate that Republicans are facing,” said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist. “The bright side is that next spring, the Republicans will have plenty of money to give the candidate who goes up against Hillary Clinton.”
Indeed, it does look like Hillary will be the democrat the republican nominee will ultimately face. Her polarizing stance on universal health care, "Don't worry, it's just a $110 billion pinprick," will definitely bring in a lot of money to whoever the republican nominee is. But will that be enough?
Well, maybe if you couple that with the improving situation in the Middle East right now it could be enough to squeak by her. But who knows. The media has worked its magic by putting up non-stop footage of American and Iraqi deaths in Iraq that it seems like the majority of the country has lost it's will to win. If people realize that if we succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now would mean we won't have to fight a major conflict in that region for a long while and the republican nominee can communicate how his conservative values are better for America, we stand a chance.
If something goes terribly wrong in the Middle East and the situation deteriorates right as we think we are turning a new leaf in the battle scarred region it could spell the end for the republican nominee. Still, the actual election is what, 13 months away? All this breathless coverage of who is ahead now and what this number means doesn't really matter. What matters is how events play out the few months running up to the general election when everyone knows who is running and what their stances on important issues are. BigT