Rich Galen

We will not just want to know how much money each candidate has raised, but how much they have spent and how much (if any) money they have in the bank. When you see COH in stories about the candidates that stands for "Cash on Hand."

When we get our hands on the actual reports, it will be interesting to see where the money came from: How much of Huntsman's money came from his own bank account; how much of Perry's money came from Texas, and so on.

We will also want to see when it came in. Has Perry's money slowed since his 2nd and 3rd debate appearances? Has Romney's fundraising improved since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declined to enter the race (again)? How much did Michele Bachmann raise in the immediate afterglow of the Iowa Straw Poll and how much has she raised since?

Even with the new calendar we have 86 days before the Iowa Caucuses. 86 days ago was July 15 and we were still two weeks shy of settling the debt ceiling issue. I mention that to remind you how much can happen in 86 days.

Maybe Perry, Paul & Romney can write a song about that.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at