Good Morning. Do you have your flag pin on? Is your phone set to speed dial Hillary at 3 am? Are you ready for today?
It's the last day of campaigning for the Pennsylvania Primary. I am so glad that it is nearly over. The fight for the Keystone state is nearly over.
This morning we wake up to find that Obama is flush with cash on hand, while Clinton is, well, she is in debt. From the AP:
Barack Obama began the month of April with a 5-1 cash advantage over a debt-saddled Hillary Rodham Clinton, setting the stage for his lopsided spending in the crucial primary state of Pennsylvania.
Financial reports filed Sunday by the Democratic presidential candidates with the Federal Election Commission show Clinton had $10.3 million in debts at the start of the month and only about $9 million cash on hand for the primaries. Obama reported having $42 million for the primary.
Clinton's red ink poses yet another obstacle to her campaign as she seeks to end the primary season with a string of victories. She trails Obama in delegates, states won and popular votes. And she can't dent Obama's superior fundraising.
Clinton, who had kept pace with Obama financially throughout last year, had even less cash on hand than Republican John McCain. McCain raised $15.2 million in March and had $11.6 million in the bank at the start of April. It was his best fundraising performance of the campaign, coming after he had essentially secured his party's presidential nomination.
Now, this is something that truly concerns me. I was highly critical of Rudy 911 for the this same issue. In these times, with so many people having so little precious money, with such an important election, I am concerned that Senator Clinton is once again in debt with her campaign. It makes me lack confidence in her ability to turn this country's economy around. I don't know if it is just bad campaign management, or if it is simply that people want to give money to Obama. It really doesn't matter, the money tells the story.
In the mean time McCain is sitting back and taking it easy. I am more than sure he is loving this.
I hope that Pennsylvania will decide this race once and for all, because in these weeks leading up to this very important primary, I have felt an unease settle in around the party. We have been accused of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I don't want it to happen again.
And after Tuesday, I hope that the superdelagates finally start making their decisions, because as much as I would have liked this primary season to keep going, as long as the Republicans know that they have a candidate, we are letting them have a free pass.
I will see you inside.
:peace: and :heart:
P.S. Michael Moore has endorsed Barack Obama.
His letter is worth the read.