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April 02, 2007

McCain Loses First Primary

John McCain just lost his first primary this season: the "fundraising primary."

Sen. John McCain today announced a disappointing $12.5 million fundraising total for the first three months of 2007.

The total, which would have been impressive in past election cycles, finds McCain trailing GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani in the crucial early money sweepstakes.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has struggled in the national polls, reported $23 million in primary election contributions, including more than $2 million of his own money. The Federal Election Commission allows candidates to collect money for their primary and general election campaigns simultaneously.

Giuliani, the Republican frontrunner in national surveys, took in more than $15 million in primary cash, including more than $10 million last month. He also transferred about $2 million from another campaign account for a total of $17 million.

This is not good news for McCain, but it's good news for America.

Memo to Senator McCain: The mainstream media is not a constituency. You pissed off the wrong people with your Gang of 14 - anti-free speech - dumbing down the definition of "torture" - Democrats are people too, views. Money flows to candidates that can win the nomination. You can't win. It's time to leave the field to Giuliani and Romney and stop sucking up attention that should be going to the legitimate candidates.

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Seconded, except for the get out of the race stuff. His comments in support of the war are helpful, and while he's running, he's trying to say nice things to us.

Posted by: Casca on Apr. 2, 2007

Thirded. As far as I'm concerned, Romney is the ONLY viable candidate for the GOP right now.

Posted by: Dan on Apr. 2, 2007

I wonder if Romney believes that he is going to be in charge of his own planet someday, making celestial babies with his wife for all eternity (a Mormon belief). Kind of makes it hard to vote for him if he's a devout Mormon.

Posted by: Joules on Apr. 2, 2007

Romney is a nobody. A somebody always beats a nobody. He won't be the candidate.

Posted by: Casca on Apr. 2, 2007

Don't ALL politicians believe that they're rulers of their own planets? I wouldn't hold that against Romney. Frankly I haven't really investigated him (other than hearing noises about his supposed flip-flops). Then again, I'll probably investigate Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo before I look at the other ones...

Posted by: Ontario Emperor on Apr. 2, 2007

Still very early in the contest and more entrants are walking through the door (more to adjust tenor of the debate, no doubt). McCain's moderate supporters wince at his support of Bush, while the conservative crowd reviles his wont of the center. Watch for a spoiler...

Posted by: will on Apr. 3, 2007

Way, way too early to talk about anything substantial. The money is important, but Mitt had a spurt and John was asleep. Let's look again in a few months.

Meanwhile, don't forget to vote in Annie's polls, especially the one about Florida's Bitches.

I hear their are changing their color to pink and calling themselves "Big Pink".

Posted by: shelly on Apr. 3, 2007