Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hitlary's Contribution

Given the news that the Clintons have infused Hitlary's presidential campaign with $5 million of ill-gotten booty ... er, "their own money," one has to wonder whether Democrats have finally come to their senses, and want to throw Team Clinton under the bus.

The apparent ascendancy of a guy who was, until four years ago, just an Illinois state Senator demonstrates that, while the latter might be true, the former remains just a pipe dream.

Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to read too much into the Clinton's personal cash infusion.

It seems to me that there are only two or three main reasons why a candidate would put a considerable amount of his or her own resources into a campaign.

First, the candidate may be running to satisfy his or her ego, as a function of his or her lust for power and prominence. Think: Ross Peron ... er, "Perot." Some might even say Mitt Romney.

Second, the candidate may see the need for a cash infusion at a strategic time as just the thing to guarantee victory. I vividly remember Tom Davis telling me, back in 1994, of making such an infusion in the last weeks of the campaign, because he didn't want to come up short at the last minute.

Third, the campaign is desperate, and it's the last gasp of a sputtering, dying candidacy.

It remains to be seen whether Hitlary's move is a function of the second or third reason.

However, contrary to reports out today, it may not be the Year of the Rat, after all.

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