Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
SPREADING THE WEALTH....It seems as if shortly before every election someone starts pushing a story about how congressional Democrats are being stingy in sharing their personal warchests for the common good. Tom Edsall has this year's version:
While sitting on more than $100 million in donations and most facing no contest this year, the Senate's 51 Democrats have given the party's key Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DSCC headed by Chuck Schumer (D-NY) this year $11.3 million, or just over $220,000 apiece on average.
....New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who is not up for election until 2012 and who has $6.68 million cash on hand, gave a total of $115,000 to the DSCC. Indiana's Evan Bayh, who has $11.3 million on hand and is up in 2010, gave $15,000. Barbara Boxer who has an even $4 million in the bank in preparation for her re-election bid in 2010, donated $30,000.
Come on, fat cat senators. Spread the wealth! Wouldn't it make your collective day to kick Mitch McConnell out of the Senate?