A friend (Lord Omlette) posted an interesting article about the lack of decent campaign funds for different GOP representatives/Senators around the country. I, too, had recently heard an NPR story on how the current economic situation had affected campaign donations and what it meant to the parties.
So I did a little look/comparison of my own based* on quarterly donations. It looks like although the GOP got a little boost this quarter for donations, the Democrats still outrun them for the year. And this is not going to be pretty if the donations/incoming money doesn’t significantly increase for the Republicans. Techincally, the Democrats and Liberal parties do a lot better during economic slowdowns, due to previous years of experience with less money and more footwork (not to mention that economically depressed people like Democrat stimulus).
The flip side is that the GOP has to be extra careful who they get money from after the entire economic splash of last year. It’s a Catch 22 – their typical big donors are financial bigwigs, and right now, people hate the financial bigwigs. With new, faster ways of reporting where the donations are coming from on the Internet (and increased political observance on the Internet), it could backfire if the bigwigs give the GOP too much stimulus. People are pissed that CEOs are getting paid to fail, plain and simple. And Republicans typically give the CEOs a free pass to do so. Getting a shitload of money from CEOs that people are mad at would not do well at this point.
I continue to stick to my guns that Sarah Palin will not be the final Republican candidate of 2012. Steele and the rest of the GOP leaders don’t like her. Not saying she won’t try, but if she does, she won’t win. And I suspect that she may run an independent campaign, because she’s clueless about reality. That would split the vote in 2012, and give the Democrats an overwhelming victory. If she was smart, she’d just be content to write and appear on TV for millions, then retire from her political stupidity rich and happy.