Mayor Giuliani has raised more money out of Pennsylvania than any other GOP candidate, we learn here.
[Piece by the ever helpful Josh Drobnyk, who continues to kick the big papers’ collective behinds on campaign ’08 coverage, although the HT goes to Keystone Politics]
Hillary has a similar lead over her competition in the state.
The Dems are raising more cash in PA than the GOP, which mirrors national trends. More interestingly, the margin by which PA Dems are raising more cash over the GOP is even higher in PA than it is in states like NY and CA. This is a little odd.
Some theorize this indicates PA is getting increasingly solidly “blue”. I have commented elsewhere that this analysis is simplistic, and ignores a clear data point: The GOP in PA is particularly dysfunctional.
The grassroots that blow to the right in our Commonwealth increasingly view the PA GOP leadership as an incestuous band of logrollers and featherbedders that more resemble Teamsters than fiscal conservatives when it comes to financial responsibility. The Highmark merger, irrelevant presidential primary, anemic candidate recruitment, legislative pay-raise hangover, and inability to deal with gambling and property taxes all contribute to internal dissatisfaction here in the GOP.
It’s death by a thousand pin-pricks. None of these issues, and others I have not mentioned, amounts to much individually. But most GOP voters in the state don’t have to look hard to find some local GOP politico keyed into the party leadership that acts like a preening self-interested buffoon.
Of course, the climate is similar nationally. It’s just even worse here, although probably not as bad as it is in, say, Ohio. This explains why GOP money is staying in modest interest bearing accounts here and all over the country.
That said, the second it becomes official that Mrs. Clinton is the Dem. nominee for the general election and voters have the opportunity to seriously ponder the prospect of being hectored by Mrs. Clinton for four years I bet the purse stings will loosen up. So I do not think things are as bleak nationally as many others do. After all, here in PA Giuliani runs tight against Clinton in hypothetical general election polls despite all of the institutional handicaps the GOP brings to the game.