The following little news item from England tomorrow caught my interest:
Romney finds funds to set the pace
Tim Reid in Washington
From The Times (of London)
June 26, 2007
Being a Mormon from Democrat-leaning Massachusetts would normally be a handicap for a Republican with presidential ambitions, yet Mitt Romney has broken through as a serious contender for his party’s nomination with another massive fundraising haul.
The former Massachusetts Governor, who outstripped his rivals unexpectedly in the first-quarter fundraising race, is set to unveil an equally impressive money haul this week.
This success is now being reflected in the latest polling. After spending $4 million since February on carefully targeted advertising, he leads the Republican field in the crucial early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Rival campaigns have been forced to concede that he has become a significant force and a genuinely competitive top tier candidate.
Since they are prognosticating what Romney WILL reveal, I offer my prognostication, as well. I refer the reader to last week’s post, “White House For Sale”:
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
White House For Sale
Look, we might as well acknowledge it:
The presidency is for sale.
… the frontloading of the primaries has recreated the old Golden Rule of Gilded Age politics: he who has the gold doesn’t need to follow the rules.
And that’s the key: Whoever had the most cash won. George Bush’s backers knew that. They banked on it (literally) by making sure that Bush was so floating in cash that a McCain candidacy — which would have crushed Bush in any prior primary campaign — never got off the ground, because McCain could not possibly raise the obscene amounts of sheer cash needed to be competitive in each state by March of 2000.
… whoever raises the most obscene amount of cash by the end of 2007 will almost certainly win the primary.
What am I bid for a slightly-used governor from a Midwestern state?
I’ll see your Massachusetts and raise you an Illinois.