Tuesday, September 30, 2003

The money race

Ezra beat me to it in criticizing this asinine Washington Post headline: "Bush Far Outpaces Dean in Donations"

Now, if the race were down to just Bush and Dean this title might make sense. But, as Ezra points out, Dean is competing with nine other Democrats for a share of the fundraising pie (and so far he is winning it handily). Furthermore, because the Democratic race is still up in the air, a lot of potential donors are keeping their checkbooks shut until a clear victor emerges.

A better comparison would be the total of all Democratic candidate donations against Bush. Dubya would probably still come out on top in that race, but I bet you it would be a lot closer than this story seems to suggest.


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