ActBlue records the following donation totals:
Ned Lamont: 331K
Claire McCaskill: 67K
Jon Tester: 124K
Sherrod Brown: 52K
Harold Ford: 12K (!)
Jim Webb: 180K
Bob Casey: 13K
Which seems to me if you are Democrat, and you are unhappy with the rubber stamp leading Republicans, you may want to focus on races where Democrats are trying to unseat Republicans, you know, in that mathematic sort of way that says you need 51 Senators to claim a majority, chair committees, launch investigations, veto stuff, control the agenda, the floor, etc. etc. So even counting the primary excitement, it seems a little odd, that national activists would spend more money against Joe Lieberman than Rick Santorum. Rick Santorum is an actual Republican who actually votes like a Republican. In fact he is the posterchild Republican that tosses up such gems for Kos to rant about. Such as:
In the now-famous interview, Santorum says:
"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."
Tell me, what kind of person walks around talking about "man on dog" sex? I can confidently say that the thought never enters my mind unbidden. Yet Santorum, in the course of a conversation with a reporter, casually mentions bestiality.--Friday | April 25, 2003, Deep inside Santorum's noggin', Dailykos.com
Or how about this:
Santorum supports capping lawsuits for pain & suffering at $250,000. Yet his wife sued her chiropracter for pain & suffering in the amount of $500,000 (winning $350,000).
Santorum wants to bar the taxpayer-funded National Weather Service from providing its data for free on the web, ostensibly because he feels that government-funded entitites shouldn't compete with private business. But he voted against relieving the requirement for the Department of Defense to buy goods and services from Federal Prison Industries (FPI). So, it is okay for the government to obstruct competition when it involves prison labor; but not okay to give taxpayers what they already paid for, because it might reduce the potential profits of a private enterprise? (Not to mention that there are plenty of small business entrepreneurial uses for NWS data).dkospedia.com
Bob Casey is running against Rick Santorum, yet Casey only merits $13k of donations while millionaire Ned Lamont rakes in the netroots cash.
What will the Kos inspired attack poodles say if Republicans hold onto the majorities in the House and Senate? That somehow chasing after the Joe Lieberman was more important than actually doing something about flipping the Senate back to a Democratic majority? Or will they claim that the evil Rove Republican machine somehow cheated out election victories? The money trail certainly speaks volumes about netroot election priorities.