All aboard Obama fundraising train

Barack Obama should take advantage of the positive tide rolling his way and use it to muscle major donors who have been reluctant to support him in 2012. The presidential race, as has been well noted, has shifted slightly in Obama's favor.  More important than national polls are the numbers coming out of the battleground states which show  Obama beginning to build leads outside the margin of error in Ohio  and Virginia.  Right now, Romney's path to 270 electoral votes, which has always been mathematically tougher than Obama's, looks even more precarious.  These polls and the general perception of Romney's difficulties  seem to have shifted the psychology of the race, and this presents Obama with a new fundraising opportunity.

Some major donors’ reluctance toward Obama— which shows up most obviously in the weak fundraising so far by his super PAC, Priorities USA— is ideological, reflecting anger in the progressive community that the president hasn't fulfilled his promises. Another impediment has been the feelings of some donors that they have been ignored, a common lament among Democratic fundraisers over several election cycles. But some donors simply like to be with a winner.  The message, which is undoubtedly going out from Obama's fundraisers as I type, is simple: The train is leaving the station; now is your last chance to get on board.

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