Hillary's November Surprise: She Will Sell Her House
Obama 2008 has been the leader when it has come to raising funds this year so far. There is no reason to believe that will not continue over the next two quarters. But my worry is the wide gap between how much Obama raise and how much Hillary raises will not be wide enough to offset the possibility that a worried Hillary sinking in Iowa might inject her own personal money some time in November. What if she were to throw 20 million of her own? How does that change the dynamic?
Obama will not have that personal option. And so it would be unwise for the Obama donors to sit back and relax and bask in the frontrunner status. Being frontrunner will not be enough. A lot of money will have to be spend to make up for the fact that Obama is not the same brand name as Clinton. A perennially controversial President Clinton soaked up a lot of ink and media time in eight years. Every mention of the Clinton name in that period cemented the brand quality of the same.
And so Obama 2008 will need more money than Clinton 2008 just to give parity to the candidate on substance. So give. Donate. Pass on the message. Invite others to give. Give and give again. We will need to raise at least $10 million more than Hillary in both the third and fourth quarters.
Obama: Older Than Bill Clinton Was In 1991
It is ridiculous to suggest Obama is not old enough. Look who is talking.
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