It’s almost comical to read the WaPo every day. In the last month, they’ve had almost a daily dose of stories about how badly they expect the Republicans to be trounced in the upcoming elections, their glee barely disguised. And so it was no surprise that this story by Zachary Goldfarb appeared on Sunday entitled, “GOP’s Financial Edge Shrinks: Challengers Gain On Incumbents.” The first two paragraphs read like this:
“The traditional fundraising advantage held by incumbent lawmakers — which Republicans have regarded as a safety wall in their effort to keep control of Congress — has eroded in many closely contested House races, as many Democratic challengers prove competitive in the race for cash.
In a year of bad omens for the GOP, the latest batch of disclosure forms filed with the Federal Election Commission offers one more: Incumbency no longer means that embattled Republican representatives can expect to overwhelm weakly funded Democratic challengers with massive spending on advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts.
But wait — not so fast. The WaPo online edition on Monday ran this AP story by Phil Elliot entitled, “GOP Fundraising Outpaces Democrats.” Its first two paragraphs say:
“Republicans trying to hold onto the House raised $12.5 million in July, outpacing Democrats by a 3-to-1 margin but leaving the GOP just $1 million ahead in cash on hand.
The influx of money — largely from political action committees — gives Republicans a slight advantage more than two months before the November elections.”
As we’ve said in this space before, maybe the WaPo doesn’t read the WaPo.
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