Isn’t it exciting?

Results of the first presidential primary are in and now we know: not who got the most votes, but who raised the most money.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE comes in first with an amazing pot of $26 million raised since she announced her candidacy Jan. 20 — setting a new record for presidential fundraising.

Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE gives Hillary a run for her money, with a reported $22 million. Not bad for a guy nobody ever heard of two years ago.

And John Edwards shows he’s a serious candidate too, by weighing in with an impressive $14 million.

Isn’t it exciting? No, to tell the truth, I find it rather depressing. Because, sadly, this is what American presidential politics has boiled down to: not who’s best on the issues. Not who’s best on the stump. Not who would do the best job as president. But who’s raised the most money.

In other words, what says nothing about a person’s ability to lead the country is now the No. 1 factor in determining who gets to run for president. What a sad commentary on the state of presidential politics.

We know who raised the most cash. So what? We still don’t know who’s the best candidate, or who would make the best president.