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Hearing Footsteps

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Listen closely. That is the sound of the Team Romney fundraising machine catching the Chicago Gang.

It was pretty easy to be brilliant in 2008 when your guy broke his word and blew off public funding while John McCain staggered along at an enormous disadvantage. Now it looks like President Obama will at best have an even playing field, and that perhaps Governor Romney will have even more assets to deploy. Suddenly Chicago doesn’t look so brilliant. Suddenly Chicago sounds scared and bitter.

In all of these stores, especially those in the New York Times, look for any mention of the president’s enormous spending advantage in 2008. In this article the reporter notes that in 2008 “Mr. Obama outspent Senator John McCain by more than two to one,” but it doesn’t give the figures to make any comparison easy. One key data point: Obama outspent Mccain by a 4-to-1 margin from September 1 to election day in 2008. That isn’t going to happen this time around, and the consequences for the president are about the same as spotting a sandbagger used to his or her contrived advantage on the links being given his real handicap in a key championship match. It isn’t just the genuine equality of setting that unnerves the player, but also the fact that the formerly favored competitor now knows he is in a fair fight.


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