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Monday, August 27, 2007

What’s a Visit From Bush Worth? For Darcy Burner:$75,000 and Counting

posted by on August 27 at 10:00 AM

An interesting story was posted on The Politico on Friday. It’s about how the conservative “Rightroots” are struggling to catch up to the liberal “Netroots” in terms of fund raising.

Here in Washington, we’re currently watching a good example of why the right is trying to match the left in its ability to generate internet cash. Starting on Friday, liberal bloggers here and across the country began promoting a fund-raiser for eastside Democrat Darcy Burner that is tied to today’s visit to Bellevue by President Bush.

Bush will be in Bellevue to raise money for the man Burner wants to challenge in the general election next fall, eastside Republican Congressman Dave Reichert. It’s the first of many stops like this that Bush plans to make in an effort to help Republicans in Congress hold onto their seats, and the national netroots wants to make an example of this visit. They want to show that the cost to Republicans of accepting a Bush visit will be a large fund-raising bump for their opponents.

They’re on their way to doing that. With just a few hours left before Bush speaks at the Reichert fund raiser in Bellevue, Burner has already raised over $75,000 in online donations since Friday, when the netroots appeal began. If that pace keeps up, it seems likely that Burner will hit her $100,000 goal for the Bush visit—a nice, big, round sum that probably won’t equal the amount that Bush will raise for Reichert today, but will certainly show that there’s a significant cost to Republicans for accepting a Bush visit (and a big benefit to Democrats when they do).

It will also show (again) how sophisticated the liberal netroots have become at raising money, channeling dollars from across the country into targeted races of their choosing, and changing the political reality for Republicans and Democrats.

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sweet - too bad we Seattleites will end up shelling out another $1 million in extra security costs for this unfunded federal imposition on Seattle.

When is GWB resigning?

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 27, 2007 10:33 AM

Why didn't Bush just paypal Reichert instead? There is nothing positive for the GOP about this Bush visit whatsoever.

Not that I mind this, but still.. ???

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | August 27, 2007 10:52 AM

Poor Ms. Bruner and the Democrat party. They’re still running as if it was 2004. Time is running out on the Bush administration and time is also running out for the Democrat party to come up with new ideas on how to win elections. There’s hardly any more anti-bush sentiment that hasn’t already been utilized. It’s just theatre for them now.

Fact is, Bush is rising in the opinion polls and despite what amateur pundits say, the GOP still likes ‘W and wants to see him.

Posted by Gratuitous Bush-Bashing Alert Service | August 27, 2007 10:59 AM

Right, shrub's poll numbers have jumped through the roof - all the way from 26% to a whopping 30%! Halleluja and pass the pork rinds!

At this point, quite a few key GOP legislators are trying to maintain as much distance between themselves and shrub in anticipation of a further GOP spanking in '08. While there may be some current pushback to the dismal polling numbers he showed earlier in the year, it's still only the most vociferously loyal hard-righties doing the pushing, and 30% approval is about as good as can be expected through the end of his term, barring some miracle, like say, the "sudden discovery" of Bin Laden in a cave in northern Pakistan or some-such.

Posted by COMTE | August 27, 2007 11:24 AM

@3 - why haven't you enlisted, Red Bushie?

Uh huh. Sure. Coward! No go die for the Fuhrer.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 27, 2007 3:04 PM

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