In 2000, George W. Bush paved his path to the presidency by financially destroying all of his Republican opponents, and creating an aura of invincibility that only was briefly interrupted by John McCain in New Hampshire.
In 2008, Hillary Clinton hoped to do the same -- raise a ton of money ($26 million so far) and squeeze her lesser-funded opposition out of the race. Today, Barack Obama confounded that strategy
with $25 million of his own.
By raising as much money as Hillary in the first quarter, a three-month period which many experts say is the most important financially, he demonstrated it won't be a cakewalk to the convention.
And just wait until Obama gets a $500 check from the Dude in May!