I ran across this interesting item on the Economist’s blog:
IN FIVE months, Sarah Palin’s political action committee SarahPAC raised $733,000. That’s not bad for a governor whose political base in Alaska is not that large, and whose last five months have largely been spent fighting bad headlines and family turmoils. But another relevant number for Mrs Palin might be $1.4m. That’s how much Mitt Romney, the erstwhile presidential candidate from Massachusetts, raised in an identical period from January to May.
It may be too early to discuss Mrs Palin’s plans for 2012, but Mr Romney seems like a sure bet to run again for the presidency. Working under the radar, while his fellow Republicans have been imploding in one way or another, Mr Romney has quietly banked campaign funds, spoken at candidate events, and carved out some work as a commentator on financial issues. Mrs Palin has reportedly raised $200,000 since announcing her resignation from office, but she can only do that once. For all the attention she’s getting, the people who typically choose the party’s nominee are quietly promoting a safer, richer, less-bloodied-by-the-2008-election choice.
I wasn’t aware of these fundraising numbers, and I must say that I’m encouraged. A high energy social conservative who’s been dominating the news cycle should be outraising a guy who is “out there” but in a much more low key way. But she’s not. Intriguing.
Are Republicans already betting on the guy who knows the economy better than anyone? We’ll see.