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Deval "19% Approval" Patrick Appoints Paul Kirk to Replace Manslaughtering Drunkard | Main | Driving While Distracted
September 24, 2009

GOP Outraised Democrats In August

'Outraised?' Is that a real word? Sounds invented.

"Republicans have been able to tap into some of the anger against Democrats in power and translate that into fundraising," said Nathan Gonzales of The Rothenberg Political Report. "There are a lot of Republicans who wish the election were this November, not November 2010, because they feel like the momentum is on their side now."

Indeed. It would be good to take a snapshot of this time, or list all the important stories, and see how important they seem a year from now. Some of the anger that's driving conservative activism will surely be faded by then.

On the other hand, the Democrats aren't running out of ways to piss people off. They're rather dependable in this regard.

Jennifer Duffy, who follows Senate races for The Cook Political Report, said the Republican surge is not a surprise. GOP "apathy turned pretty quickly into activism" after the White House and congressional Democrats moved swiftly this year to pass an economic rescue plan and work on health care and climate change legislation, she said.

"If the administration and Democrats in Congress were doing nothing, it might be harder to raise money," Duffy said. "They have certainly given Republicans something to work with."

No kidding. Guess you take the good with the bad, eh?


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