This was interesting from WaPo:
While the candidates for the White House will spend the next week furiously raising money in advance of their next financial reporting deadline, the man who has raised the most is facing a different challenge: turning that money into a lead in the polls.
Like his fellow contenders, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who led all candidates in both parties by pulling in $58.5 million over the first six months of the year, will be holding a string of fundraisers this week, before the latest quarterly fundraising deadline of Sept. 30.
Even before the totals are announced, however, some of the donors who have helped raise millions for Obama are beginning to ask when the gap in polls between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) will finally begin to narrow. The first votes in the primary season will be cast in less than four months, and the nomination could be wrapped up in a matter of weeks after that.
Perhaps Obama’s problem flies in the face of the claim that money buys the White House. He has raised amazing amounts of cash but has failed to even nip at Hillary’s heels in the polls. He’s stuck in a dead 2nd place and hasn’t even begun moving ahead.
“People ask me all the time when I’m raising money: ‘What is going on with the polling?’ ” one member of Obama’s national finance committee said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the campaign’s restriction on committee members speaking to the news media. “He drives out great crowds wherever he goes, but everyone still wonders a little bit if that’s going to turn into votes.”
In my opinion, Democratic voters like the idea of a Barack Obama candidate more so then the like the man himself. Sure, he’s likable in a personality sense, but he lacks depth and experience. He’s “excitement” in the world of boring candidates but he’s no world leader. He makes a great guest for Oprah but do Democrats even trust him with fighting terrorism? My answer: No, they do not.
Hillary Clinton is a much safer bet for Democratic voters who want someone with experience. Democrats certainly perceive her as the “experienced” candidate while Obama is a passing flavor.
I don’t think Obama’s cash will ever translate into votes unless Hillary Clinton is put in jail. In that case, Obama is sure to move from 2nd place. Otherwise he will be the “exciting” candidate that couldn’t.