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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 263 -- Money Talks.
There sure is a lot of hubris on the left today. I could be mistaken, but most members of the Internet Left actually believe they have a chance of winning big in November. Emboldened by who-knows-what, they rant and rave and gnash and flip and flop and curse and accuse and and giggle and self-congratulate and yell and jeer and denounce and "yeeeaaaaaarrrrrrrgh!", all with the sort of wild abandon usually reserved for parties that actually have their act together.
One bit of evidence sometimes given for the alleged coming GOP demise is that the Republican Party is too fractured, and people are bailing out. "Rove's homophobic grassroots," as they call them, that reelected Bush in record numbers are not going to show up in 2006 or beyond.
Hmm. Setting aside that every single poll shows President Bush's approval rating among Republicans at stable, record highs, there is a pretty decent way to measure grassroots political enthusiasm.
Hard money campaign contributions. Party committees and candidates, unlike certain cash-rich 527 groups, are limited to taking hard dollars. Hard dollar contributors cannot give millions or even hundreds of thousands of dollars the way George Soros and pals gave to MoveOn.org and other radical left-wing groups in 2004.
Thus, hard dollars are a pretty decent indicator of grassroots support-- or lack thereof.
Based on data released by the FEC on Thursday, February 09, 2006, the Republicans are dominating the hard dollar race:
Bigtime money advantage for Republicans. And, again, this is hard money, so it's a relatively good indication of grassroots support. A hundred bucks here, a few hundred there, and so on.
The glaring exceptions in the trend, obviously, are the two Senate campaign committees. Democrats have raised more money there, which is understandable given the Senate GOP leadership's dilly-dallying on certain meat-and-potato issues, and given the NRSC's support for socialist progressive RINO types like Lincoln Chafee.
Previous Trivia Tidbit: The Downfall Of Rock The Vote.
Posted by Will Franklin · 9 February 2006 02:20 PM