Follow the Money All the Way to the White House!

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 Clinton 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 Obama 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.