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Dean's Dog Days Of Summer

This time last year the Detroit Tigers were 25-32 (they finished 72-90). As of this evening the Tigers record is 27-30. While they've shown a ever so slight improvement over last year, with less than 60 games played they're already 13 games behind the division leading Chicago White Sox.

If you believe things are looking up for the Tigers you'll probably buy into spin job Media Matters is trying to put on Howard Dean's DNC fundraising record. You've got to admire the partisan rose-colored glasses which they use to claim Boston Globe reporters are reporting a "canard" (their squishy word) when they say DNC fund-raising is "lagging" or "falling behind" under new chairman Howard Dean. Notice that even MMFA isn't stupid enough to call the reporting a "lie," it's just a truth they don't like.

The Globe reports that in the first quarter of this year, the DNC raised $14.1 million, compared with $32.3 million by the Republican National Committee, yet according to MMFA thing are peachy for Dean because in 2003 DNC fundraising sucked even worse, so their 2005 looks good in comparison.

Using MMFA's numbers it wasn't too hard to find a statistic they missed.

RNC (2005) $32.4 million
DNC (2005) $14.8 million
Difference $17.6 million

RNC (2003) $25.7 million
DNC (2003) $8.5 million
Difference $17.2 million

Hey look at that! Even when they're doing better their doing worse. Funny how that got left out of the report...


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Comments (5)

I wouldn't get too enthused... (Below threshold)
fatman:

I wouldn't get too enthused about these numbers just yet. As I recall, the Democrats did manage to raise more money last year than the Republicans did. Of course, that WAS before they elected Screamin' Howie as their chairman.

Isn't Media Matters run by ... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Isn't Media Matters run by the same Left Wingnut™ that runs The Nation?

i'm no dean fan, but on a p... (Below threshold)
rich:

i'm no dean fan, but on a percentage basis they are doing better. if you wanna criticize others for their interpretation of statistics, may i suggest being careful yourself?

I just love the stupidity I... (Below threshold)
Constance Sorrow:

I just love the stupidity I find on the right wing blogs that I occasionally encounter when I'm busy googling some info. Aside from the small-minded inanity of your exercise in arithmetic, we have some dyslexic half-wit called "Faith+1" who can't keep the players straight. Media Matters is run by David Brock, former right wing wunderkind who made up all sorts of shit about Anita Thomas, assuring a place on the Supreme Court for Clarence "Uncle married a white woman" Thomas. Hey, "Faith" says he's now a *left* wingnut ... well, just goes to show that, once a nut always a nut.

Hey look at that! Even w... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Hey look at that! Even when they're doing better their doing worse.

Here's a statistic you missed: Republicans raised 26% more in 2005 than they did in 2003. Democrats raised 43% more in 2005 than they did in 2003.

Way to find the only way to spin these statistics to make Dems' fundraising look bad. Weak. Extremely weak.




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