April 6, 2008


Anti-McCain groups lag in fundraising (BEN SMITH, 4/6/08, Politico)

Democratic talk of an early, hard-hitting campaign to "define" and tar Arizona Senator John McCain appears to have fizzled for lack of money, leading to a quiet round of finger-pointing among Democratic operatives and donors as McCain assembles a campaign and a public image relatively unmolested.

Despite the millions of dollars pooling around Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, anti-McCain funds have fallen far short of the hopes set in November, when a key organizer, Tom Matzzie, reportedly told the Washington Post that the "Fund for America" would raise more than $100 million to support the activities of a range of allied groups.

The Democratic National Committee, too, is organizing an anti-McCain campaign, but a spokeswoman, Karen Finney, said fundraising to support that effort has met "mixed" results.

John McCain heads into the campaign with a firmly entrenched image as a maverick conservative, beholden to no one.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2008 4:28 PM

Of course his own fundraising hasn't been so hot, either.

Posted by: PapayaSF at April 6, 2008 5:31 PM

John Kerry basically called him a "flip-flopper" on Fox this morning. I almost did a spit-take with my juice.


Do you know why that is? Is there a point to be donating at this point in the election cycle on the Republican side?

Posted by: Rick T. at April 6, 2008 5:34 PM

Rick T.:

Good point. At the rate the Dems are going, and with Obama trying desperately to keep the blue/purple states alive by stanching the leakage of the blue-collar white/Latino/Jewish vote, McCain probably will not even need to start campaigning. By September, his biggest challenge will be writing his inauguration speech.

Posted by: sam at April 6, 2008 6:16 PM

Yes, McCain is the least bad alternative of the three democrats running, but so what? No matter what happens in the Presidency, there will be 60 democrats in the senate, that's enough to break a philibuster, and their lead in the house will be stronger too. That means nothing McCain wants done will be passed without permission of the Democratic leadership, an organization he's always sought the approval of anyway. The coming years of recession will rival the Carter years, only this time, the liberal media will blame the republican president and get away with it, resulting in permanent liberal leadership. Conservatism is dead, American Prosperity soon to follow.

Posted by: MarkD at April 7, 2008 3:25 PM

The Founders could hardly be happier than at the thought of four years of the federal government doing nothing, particularly since nothing need be done after 28 years of conservative rule.

Posted by: oj at April 7, 2008 4:49 PM