Oh boy, is this year going to be expensive.
The national conservatives just bought the state of Wisconsin for Scott Walker, outspending his recall opponent three-to-one in a tens of millions of dollars race to keep a two-faced human-despising creep in power. Mitt Romney out-fund raised Barack Obama easily; just afternoon the Obama campaign called my house in an attempt to make up the gap.
And just today Michele Bachmann sent out a fund-raising letter telling conservative supporters that they take back control of the Senate by winning just "four seats." All she's asking for (for now) is just $40 foir her MichelePAC Senate effort.
The story is at MPR's Capitol View tonight, the reporter is Catherine Richert, the link's below the jump.
Some day I'm going to pitch a coffee table book to a publisher: "The Collected Fund Raising Letters of Michele Bachmann." It will look sort of like one of those Martha Stewart picture cookbooks. But instead of recipes and lovely food photography, it will feature page after page of Bachmann's desperate and never-ending pleas for donations--offset with illustrations of actual fundraising total results for each letter.
If I clinch the publication deal and turn out this beautifully bound, lovely addition to any living room--I'll send presentation copies to all the Minnesota activists who've said over the years that there's too much focus and too many resources devoted to vain efforts to beat Bachmann.
Because those Bachmann fund raising totals on behalf of herself and other wingnut candidates--are scary. I think Democrats who don't have a national perspective need a scary coffee table book.
Here's MPR's observations on this latest fundraising effort by Michele PAC:
So far this year, MICHELE PAC has raised roughly $11,800 (peanuts! say Bill) and spent more than $52,500 (uh-oh). At the end of April, the fund had about $147,700 in cash on hand, according to the latest federal fundraising reports. (UH-OH.)
...because this is just the beginning. The other day I ran a piece here noting poll results: Minnesotans agree; Michele Bachmann is indeed the most unpopular Republican in the state. So (since popularity and public support is the be-all and end-all for most political careers in a democracy)...Bachmann can't be any real threat to Democrats...and focus on her is unjustified and counterproductive...right?
Oh, that was the view for so long, and so many people opposed to conservative governance still hold that view. But the money she raises, and distributes to the hated conservatives...the national fan base that still admires her and believes in her, and contributes...and the inspiration her personal success has been... and the way that success--*and the Dem and progressive impotent inability to stop her career,* even though she's a nut, liar and bigot...
...that historical experience has launched so many other political careers. (Some of the Dem politicians and activists are facing wingnuts at the polls because of Bachmann's success--and in districts where the GOP is strong, the wingnuts are beating Dems.) Many more right wing nuts going into government these days--because Dem inability to stop Bachmann proved not only 1) that right wing nuts are electable, but also 2) even though they're right wing nuts, they can stay in office, fending off Dem challenges.
So that's that. Bachmann says they only need four seats to take back the US Senate. And (even though she's also telling supporters she desperately needs their money for her campaign) she knows those same supporters have cash left over. Enough for them to donate hundreds of thousands to creepy right wing Senate dominance--on the basis of Bachmann's personal appeal.