Is Obama the Greatest Fundraiser…EVER?

You’ve seen the Q3 fundraising numbers from President Obama, with more than $70 million raised in total. Our friends at “The Fix” break down the fundraising numbers in more detail:

In his first six months of active fundraising, President Obama has raked in $90 million for his 2012 re-election campaign not to mention an additional $65 million for the Democratic National Committee.

While not all of the Republican presidential candidates have filed their fundraising reports for the third quarter, it’s a certainty that Obama’s $43 million haul will be more than the combined total for all of them over the past three months. (Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to lead the Republican field with $17 million raised between July 1 and Sept. 30.)…

…What’s clear – and has been since his 2008 race when he collected $750 million – is that Obama is the pre-eminent political fundraiser of his time.

We would take that last statement a step further: Obama may be the greatest political fundraiser of all time. The numbers are staggering from a recent historical perspective.

In the 2004 Presidential election, Republican George W. Bush raised $367.2 million, compared to $328.5 million for Democrat John Kerry. That’s a combined total of $695.7 million, which Obama surpassed on his own in 2008.

In the 2000 Presidential election, the entire field of candidates, from beginning to end (with an open seat at stake), raised $528.9 million. President Obama has already raised nearly one-fifth that amount in six months.

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“Reminds Me of John Kerry” Not What You Want to Hear

It’s been a rough week for Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who has seen Texas Governor Rick Perry eclipse him as frontrunner by double-digits in a new poll. But that’s not the worst of it. Romney of late has been flip-flopping on issues like global warming, leading to a comparison to one of the more ignominious candidates in recent history. From MSNBC First Read:

Romney played into his biggest weakness, that he’s inauthentic by backtracking on global warming and on Dodd-Frank. And he also played into the awkwardness meme. On Tuesday, Jill Lawrence wrapped some of Romney’s odder moments, comparing him to John Kerry, whom Lawrence covered in 2004. Kerry, she says, has been on her “mind as Mitt Romney, in his second presidential outing, keeps adding to his digital library of remarks that are insensitive, inappropriate or not nearly as funny to others as they are to him.” [Pols emphasis] And his “I’m sorry it’s my turn” town hall adds to it. How many other ways could he have handled that? The Romney campaign thinks moments like this show strength – that’s what they said after the Des Moines Register Soap Box “corporations are people” event. But they may have learned the wrong lesson from the Soap Box moment. The party may want a hard-charger, but is that who Romney really is? People still ultimately want their politicians to be likeable.

Yikes! Is there a worse comparison in recent history for any Presidential hopeful to be compared to the comatose 2004 Presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, the patron saint for how to run for President and look like a boob while doing it?

Abortion Ban. “Buckpedaled.”

Reporter Allison Sherry of the major Denver newspaper is out today with a story you knew was coming sooner or later: GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck has officially abandoned Amendment 62, the so-called “personhood amendment,” claiming he ‘did not understand’ that it might actually ban certain forms of birth control. Having given the measure his steadfast support throughout the primary election, Buck’s campaign now says he will vote against it.

Buck also now says that he will not introduce a constitutional amendment overturning abortion rights, as he told voters during the primary he would. And Buck even backed off his prior position on an abortion litmus test for nominees–pro-choice would not ipso facto mean “disqualified” now. He has not, apparently, changed his position that abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest; these specific policy applications are merely where the issue is forced to the surface.

But it’s no less of a turning point in this campaign, folks, indeed this could be the big one that throws all the other incidents of Buck’s flipping-flopping and dishonesty, from the democratic election of U.S. Senators to abolishing the Department of Ed, Social Security and Medicare being “fundamentally against” what he believes, or a national sales taxall of them–into unbearably sharp relief for the voters. Bob Beauprez earned the nickname “Both Ways” over far less. This all strikes us as a significant strategic error on the part of Buck’s campaign. The lessons from the Beauprez campaign, and prior to that, the John Kerry 2004 Presidential run, remain fresh in our mind; it’s always more dangerous to look like a “flip-flopper” than any one or two specific policy stances can ever be.

Buck has abandoned so much more than Beauprez ever did, so much of what he used to stand for, it begs the question: is there anything left of the Ken Buck who won the primary?

Kerry Vows to Disprove Swift-Boat Claims

Maybe Sen. John Kerry is going to disprove the attacks on him now, and then go back in time and win the 2004 Presidential election. Or something.

From The Associated Press:

Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted a Texas oilman’s offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

In a letter to T. Boone Pickens, the Massachusetts Democrat wrote: “While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt.”…

…The senator conceded after losing to Bush that his lackluster response likely cost him the election.

Ever since, Kerry has worked to lay the criticisms to rest.

In May 2005, he began allowing reporters access to his full Navy personnel and medical records – something he refused to do during the campaign.

Those records mostly duplicated documents Kerry released during the 2004 campaign. In addition, they included numerous commendations from commanders who criticized Kerry’s service during the presidential race.

That disclosure renewed questions about why Kerry did not respond more forcefully with control over the White House at stake.

Kerry decided against launching a second bid for president, but vowed to defend his record and prevent other candidates from being “Swift-boated.”

You almost have to feel bad for Kerry.