websters-second-reply.thumbnail.JPGYou think the GOP isn’t soiling their plastic pants when they read stuff like this?

Leading Democratic fundraisers predict that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will raise hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few months if he opts out of public financing and begins raising money for the general election.

Specifically, they say Obama could raise $100 million in June and could attract 2.5 million to 3 million new donors to his campaign.

And it’s all because of the power of the new media in the hands of smart people who know how to organize communities. Which makes the video of Obama speaking to his staff an insight into a campaign both unique and also quite telling.

Meanwhile, which candidate is more substantive and delivering the more relevant message on the economy?

Obama:

We have now lost jobs for five straight months — more than 320,000 since the beginning of this year. Last month we saw the biggest rise in the unemployment rate in more than twenty years. The percentage of homes in foreclosure and late mortgage payments is the highest since the Great Depression. The price of oil has never been higher and set a record on Friday for the largest one-day spike in history. The costs of health care and college tuition and even food have all hit record levels, while family incomes have fallen and the wages of our workers have stayed the same.

McCain:

While hardworking families are hurting and employers are vulnerable, Barack Obama has promised higher income taxes, Social Security taxes, capital gains taxes, dividend taxes, and tax hikes on job creating businesses. In fact, during just three years in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama has already voted 94 times for higher taxes. Barack Obama doesn’t understand the American economy and that’s change we just can’t afford.

Sentient beings go with the former. The latter seems straight out of Michael Deaver’s 3×5 cards in large "Reagan Font".

As we all know, McCain admits the economy is not an area he knows much about (Cindy handles the money). I don’t know what is, because that whole Iraq thing and "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran" is not exactly a big endorsement for the foreign affairs and security policy expertise he proclaims ad nauseum. But it clearly isn’t the economy.

And with a feeble response that he squeezed out today, he’s going to have a long, miserable campaign season.