Sunday, April 30, 2006

Laziest Protest Ever

As a part of Monday's pro-illegal-immigration pseudo-boycott, one of the laziest possible methods of participation is being promoted:
Participation in the pro-[illegal] immigration events can range from marching in mass rallies to wearing white on the job.
Of course in many industries, that's basically the same as saying people will be protesting by either (1) not going to work or (2) going to work.

They've actually found a way to be dumber than "Red Fridays."

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Washington Post's Half-Baked Fundraising Report

The Washington Post misses some crucial conclusions with their mistitled article, "Senate Democrats Ahead in Cash Race." While fundraising numbers for the RNC, DNC, NRCC, and DCCC are buried in the article, the big picture is ignored.

Here are the totals, dollar amounts are in millions:

RaisedOn hand
R Total275.683.9
D Total183.365.1
R Lead92.318.8

For direct comparison, the top three GOP groups raised 50% more than Democrats, and have almost 30% more in the bank. In dollars, the DSCC's lead over the NRSC is more than made up for by the other top Republican organizations.

It also makes some sense that the NRSC would have some fundraising problems - it can be hard to explain that as a practical matter, 55 Republican Senators are not enough to control the chamber and prevent obstruction by the minority party.

Unfortunately, most media reporting focuses on comparing two of the organizations that raise the least money, leaving out the context.

Update, June 12: Republicans Continue to Outraise Democrats