Politics What the Sherman Loss Means for the Democrats in ‘08
posted by November 8 at 15:15 PMon
One thing I kept hearing in the “who’s gonna win?” conversations during the runup to yesterday’s election was this: “He’s got a D after his name.”
This was the line used by folks who thought Bill Sherman was going to win the race for King County Prosecutor against Republican Dan Satterberg. And yeah, you’d think that D would be a plus around these blue parts.
Indeed, just look at the difference in “hard money” fundraising by the Democrats and Republicans this year (the money they can use to help candidates directly). The Central Democratic Committee reports that its hard money account raised $635,868 so far this year. The Republican Committee? $176,000.
Apparently, it’s a good time to be a Democrat.
But Satterberg won. Maybe it’s actually better to have an R by your name in one important way: The party thinks to kick in some of that cash to your campaign.
Check it out: Despite the fact that the Democrats trounced the Republicans in hard money fund raising, the Republicans gave $125,000 of that $176,000 to Satterberg. Of their nearly $636,000, the Democrats gave about $30,000 to Sherman.
On the bright side for Democrats: They still have a lot of money left for ‘08.
However, on the bright side for Republicans: Dino Rossi can now motivate his party (and his donors) by talking about how the Republicans actually won in King fucking County.
I’m not sure what’s more valuabe: Money or momentum.