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 ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father 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 ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation 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.