Read this and weep:
The national Democratic Party has spent millions on raising money, consultants and building state parties, entering the weeks before Election Day with only about one-fifth as much as the Republicans for races that could decide control of Congress.
The Republican National Committee is prepared to spend $60 million over the next seven weeks on advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts to protect the GOP's narrow majorities in the House and Senate.
The Democratic National Committee plans to use about $12 million, all devoted to getting voters to the polls. Even in that effort, though, it has set aside only an average of $60,000 in each of the 40 most competitive congressional races in the country.
Essentially, the story reports that much of Dean's focus has been to rebuild the infrastructure within the states, including states with very little chance of making Democratic inroads.
No matter the loftier goals, if we don't have a solid infusion of cash to keep at least a somewhat level playing field, than we have a slim chance of winning back either the House or the Senate.
There is nothing more important than picking up enough seats to be able to have some semblance of checks-and-balances on this presidency. If we cannot, in this climate, take back at least the House, than we may be relegated to minority status permanently.
Make no mistake, money spent on campaign ads are crucial to victory. If we let them deluge the airwaves it will be to the shame of the party.
The focus today should be on making whatever gains we can by targetting those competitive races and flushing in money for ads and get-out-the-vote efforts. We can worry about improving the infrastructure in Utah and Montana after we have insured that our party will not be irrelevant for the next 2 years.
If indeed, the GOP is able to maintain their majority status because of a vastly superior fundraising apparatus and shrewder application of funds, than the Dems need to make changes from top-to-bottom.