So Rudy and Mitt can raise roughly half of what the leading democratic candidates can raise? I’m not surprised. Nobody has set the world on fire on the Republican side yet, and probably won’t before they sort it out a little better. Fred Thompson is waiting in the wihgs, and a lot of money will pour his way. Fred wants people to look at him as another RR, but he is no Mr. Reagan. Never will be. What he is is different from who is there now. Giuliani has the east coast base, but politics are local, and 9/11 is already a distant memory to many. This may even entice Newt Gingrich in..who knows.
You know who those numbers look good for? Ron Paul. I know, and I’m still not a fan, but you can’t deny the shallow campaign funds being raised make him look like a potential superstar. Who’s to say some of the money th others aren’t getting he is? Remember, he doesn’t need as much because he is blitzing online, and its cheaper. He almost certainly gets the democrat vote almost anywhere that is allowed because they would ostensibly rather face him. Plus, just the outright disgust people have for Republicans is almost as high as the disgust they have for the democratically controlled congress. thats the kind of things you want to see if you’re Ron, and I for one can’t wait tosee his fundraising numbers. If the bloggers that vote for him over and over again actually send him money to, he could compete. I’d say if he can pull half what the others have he can be a factor deep into this thing.