Cross-Posted at Marry in Massachusetts.
In Rove's dizzying spin, only Obama's money edge decided the election. It was “the Obama/DNC juggernaut” that “buried Mr. McCain on TV.” Rove picked his stats carefully, as in by the state (Indiana) that McCain ceded and where Obama outspent him the most (nearly 7 to 1 by Rove's estimation). He also left off the many millions of hidden, soft Republican funds spent around McCain to elect the ticket. That would in fact severely undercut the money argument.
Regardless, the amusing aspect is that Obama likely did have a larger ad budget. He certainly organized and had organized for him a much bigger, better, wider and deeper volunteer organization. Put another way, this is yet more celebrity proof when more people wanted to give their time as well as money to elect that other guy.
For decades. Republicans have been the money party. The rich white folk in Congress and the Administration look out for the rich white folk in the nation. The most political money went to keep that huge and dirty machine working. The GOP had the money and won the Presidency and control of Congress the most.
It wouldn't be Rove without hypocrisy and irony, of course. He ends his WSJ piece with, “Mr. Obama's victory may show the enduring truth of the old Chicago Golden Rule: He who has the gold rules.” This from the man who has a history of buying elections and undercutting democracy by any means is sweet.
Life was fair when Republicans get the most money. Life's not fair when they don't. I don't think I have the time or energy to feel sorry for McCain and Rove.