I’m just speculating here, but I believe we’re witnessing more money being raised earlier than at any other time in history. And hey, thank god for that, right?
No, but seriously…just read this and tell me if it doesn’t make you queasy…
“Clintonites tamp down expectations for first-quarter fund raising, sticking with estimates of up to $25 million, while boosting expectations for Democratic rival Obama. Obama staffer says $8 million to $10 million ‘would be a good quarter, but weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re going to do better than that,’ and Clinton ‘will raise more than everybody in the field.’ Edwards also is expected to do well in the quarter ending tomorrow.”
“Among Republicans, McCain, Romney and Giuliani are expected to be in the $20 million ballpark. McCain and Giuliani camps say they started late, though Giuliani has held 57 fund-raisers since the fall. Strategists in both parties predict RepublicansÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ take will fall short of DemocratsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.”
It’s all about the money folks. Even if we want a viable 3rd party candidate, it’ll have to be somebody independently wealthy like Bloomberg.
My question to you is, in this ever expanding world of social media, could we have a YouTube candidate? Could we have somebody who just pops out of nowhere, uses a social technology to spread his or her message and excite the nation from the bottom up instead of from the top down? Edwards wishes he could be that guy, but he’s not.
Food for thought…