Wednesday, February 10, 2016
2016: The year voters reformed campaign spending
For four decades, Washington politicians have bellowed about the "need" to take big money out of campaigning. They could have done so at any time by refusing to take money. But instead they passed laws that were Incumbent Protection Acts that were aimed at keeping money out of the hands of challengers.
The results of the first presidential primary and caucus this year show that the voters are shrugging off big money. In fact, the two biggest money mongers are the biggest losers.
Hillary raised $163 million, Bernie $75 million. Her cash ain't nothing but trash as he tied her in Iowa and beat the snot out of her in New Hampshire.
Jeb raised $150 million. He picked up three delegates.
Donald Trump and John Kasich raised $10 million each, good for seventh and eighth places among Republicans -- behind Carly Fiorina.
Big ad campaigns mean squat this year. And the backing of the Republican Establishment saw Marco Rubio finish fifth behind Kasich, Cruz and Bush. In a year when people have had it with Washington, becoming the darling of Washington is political suicide.
The voters do not want the same old, same old.
I love it.