Woohoo! Over $7 million, including over $700,000 today alone. And there’s still some time left to donate today.
The Democratic presidential primary is now officially a Kerry-Dean race.
For a candidate to raise almost a million dollars over the Internet in a single day was unthinkable just yesterday. This is the first presidential campaign where the Internet has truly made all the difference.
Almost there, less than $50,000 needed to hit the magic $7 million figure. You can put Dean over the top and have John Kerry tearing out his hair. In case you’re a new reader, here’s why you should donate to Dean.
There are still a few hours left in this fundraising quarter. With a few donations, we can get Howard Dean past the magic $7 million number! It just takes a couple of minutes to donate by clicking here.
If you donate today, you might be one of five lucky Internet donors who get a personal phone call from Dean. Be sure to give him lots of encouragement if you get a call. We want this guy to be the Democratic nominee.
If you took my advice and donated money to Howard Dean, you should be patting yourself on the back. The numbers go a long way towards making up for Dean’s terrible Meet the Press appearance.
Here’s The Note on the consequences of Dean’s fundraising:
The circumstances aren’t identical and the two campaigns will probably sneer at the comparison, but Howard Dean’s second-quarter haul is potentially as earth-quak-tic as the stunning number announced by the Bush campaign in the summer of 1999.
It’s not just how much money Dean will have to spend (a lot); it’s not just that money begats money (and stories about money begat money);
It’s not just the ultimate evidence that he is, in the words of Jill Lawrence, in the “top tier”
Go, Dean, Go! Howard Dean seems to have done pretty well in fundraising this quarter:
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) announced yesterday that he has raised more than $6 million in the second quarter of this year, an achievement many of his competitors privately conceded will add new credibility to his insurgent bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In an e-mail to supporters, Dean said that over the past eight days – during which he formally announced his candidacy, appeared on “Meet the Press” and came in first in an online straw poll conducted by MoveOn.org – his fundraising surged with $2.8 million in donations.
James Taranto thinks, as I do, that Howard Dean is the ideal Democratic nominee. For Republicans.
It’s perilous to speculate, but it’s also fun, so what the hell: What if Dr. Dean wins the first two contests, knocking out Mr. Gephardt in Iowa and Mr. Kerry in New Hampshire? That would leave Mr. Lieberman as the only centrist candidate standing in South Carolina, where the Democratic electorate is largely black. A victory by Mr. Sharpton over Mr. Lieberman would give Dr. Dean an aura of inevitability.
And what if Dr. Dean does take the Democratic nomination? The last time the Democrats nominated a far-left antiwar activist, George McGovern in 1972, the GOP won a 49-state victory. The Republicans duplicated the feat in 1984, though the magnitude of that landslide owed more to Ronald Reagan’s popularity than to anything uniquely objectionable about the establishmentarian liberal Walter Mondale.
A Bush-Dean election would pit a popular Republican incumbent against a left-wing Democratic challenger. It would be as if Mr. McGovern had challenged Mr. Reagan at a time when the latter was presiding over a popular war. The District of Columbia is probably safe for the Democrats, but a 50-state sweep for Mr. Bush wouldn’t be out of the question.
Ward Connerly, the hero of the modern civil rights movement, isn’t about to let the states off the hook on affirmative action.
Even the Old York Times is waking up the sheer scale and scope of what the president is aiming for in 2004:
In 1994, when conservatives led by Newt Gingrich took control of the House, there was concern that their time in power would be limited. Today, many conservatives say, American public opinion is shifting their way, so there is no reason to be impatient - or to pressure Mr. Bush into doing things before the election that might hurt him next year.
“The Republicans are looking at decades of dominance in the House and the Senate, and having the presidency with some regularity,” Mr. Norquist said. “So if this year the tax cut isn’t the one we wanted - no biggie. There’s a sense that we can afford to wait.”
You know the Democrats are in trouble when the reliably liberal Chris Weyant has this to say.
Check out Patrick J. Kennedy’s creative explanation for his now-famous “I have never worked a (bleepin) day in my life” comment:
“In terms of my choice of words, I believe and always believe that it is not work to represent the people of Rhode Island,” Kennedy said in a written statement.
Wow! That’s almost as good as quibbling about the definition of “is.”