Nevada War Party Rep. Jon Porter has raised $1.8 million so far this election cycle and has managed to spend only about $800,000 of it partying with the band and overpaying consultants so he still has about a million in cash on hand.
American corporations really appreciate all the work Porter has done over the years to assure that people have no choice but to pay too much for stuff like health insurance, student loans and gasoline. And if there is one campaign promise that Porter is bound to keep, it is his solemn vow that so long as he is on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, he will do everything he can to assure that the same corporations that rip you off will never, ever have to pay their fair share in taxes.
In return, thanks to some of the most abusive special interests in the history of American socioeconomics, Porter can turn on the fundraising spigot in earnest at his leisure, and just leave it running 24/7 until election day and beyond.
What that means, of course, is that if Dina Titus makes it official and challenges Porter then come autumn the television airwaves will be saturated with the words "Dina Taxes." Coming up with material sure to turn the tables and put Porter on the defensive won't be difficult, him being a flip-flopping career politician tool of the special interests and a cad to boot — not to mention all the warmongering. No, the problem will be having enough money to get a word in edgewise on the teevees.
At least Titus won't have to spend a bundle building name recognition. She's a proven fundraiser, and she'll get oodles of help from the national party organization. But make no mistake, neither Titus nor anybody else is going to beat Porter by outspending him.
Fortunately, she's got some experience winning with less money. In her 2006 gubernatorial bid, Titus was outspent in a Democratic primary and won. She was outspent in in the general election and lost the state, but won Clark County by more than 23,000 votes — and more to the task at hand, according to a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the vote done by the state party, Titus beat Gibbons in CD3 by two percentage points, 47 to 45.
Now of course the state Democrats are crowing that they've registered thousands of new voters, giving them something they didn't have in 2006, a 22,500 vote edge in CD3.
If in fact Titus makes it official, it could be one of the most hard-fought, mean, low-down and vicious campaigns Nevada has ever seen for any office, period. Well, one can hope, anyway (we'll save the retrospective on the comparative performance and nature of her gubernatorial primary versus general election campaigns for another day 'cause the subject deserves it's own post, m'kay?).
But the chances of Democrats knocking off Porter looked a lot better at close o' bidness Monday than when the day started.