05 March, 2010

What the Politico story didn’t mention

I’ve already updated the RNC begging letter post to include a link to Politico’s story about a leaked Republican fundraising strategy that is so shameless and insulting as to make the push-polls look positively quaint.

However, looking through the copy of the PowerPoint presentation, I noticed a huge clanger long before the juicy stuff.  See if you can pick what’s wrong here:

I dispute this number.  In fact, I will go as far as to say it is completely impossible for the Republicans to have raised $81,255,000 million in only one year.

$81,255,000 million is $81,255,000,000,000 or 81.255 trillion dollars!

I am not accusing the RNC of wilfully inflating their fundraising efforts by a factor of one million.  Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.  However, it’s not a good look from the party that claims to have a superior understanding of economics.

The Rules:
When quoting values over one million, use either numbers or words.  Don’t try to mix them – you’ll end up looking foolish.

Where’s Rick Santelli when you need him?  Or even Barnaby Joyce.

1 comment:

  1. How can they be God's Party if they can't do math?

    That argument is no more stupid than saying the other side can't handle health cover if their car stimulus programme was successful.