Landrieu's Strength, Collins' Illogic, and Atkins' Decision
In the first three months of this year, Landrieu raked in $1,016,556, according to her campaign. With the election still more than a year and a half away, she had nearly $1.8 million in her war chest, tripling her fundraising in the previous quarter and doubling what she raised at this point in the 2002 campaign.While I do think that the NRSC will be willing to dump more money into Louisiana than most other states, as they fight to turn at least one Democratic-held seat to GOP hands (something they failed to accomplish in 2006), an increasingly robust Landrieu bankroll can certainly discourage potential challengers. Given that Landrieu is supposed to be the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, this is more reassuring news.
"This is the most successful fundraising quarter we've ever had at this point in an election cycle and even exceeds our own internal goals," said Tina Stoll, Landrieu's finance director.
Yeah, I'm having a hard time understanding Collins' (il)logic too. If she's saying that she isn't going to bother voting for the bill because Bush is threatening a veto, then she is illustrating a lack of leadership. If she's saying that she isn't willing to stand up to Bush and his veto threat, then she is evidencing a lack of independence. Either way, it doesn't look good for Two-Faced Susan Collins.