How do you tell the difference between the run of the mill political junkie and the high end hard core junkie? On the eve of a potentially transformational election, look for ones who are talking about a future election. You know who I’m talking about. “I can quit anytime.” Of course you can.

And what are they saying? No surprise to PoliticalDerby faithful, the current race is largely between Romney and Palin. Romney holds the advantage, but the race has hardly begun.

From Politico:

Romney is already raising copiously for his political action committee and has the help of his longtime campaign finance adviser Spencer Zwick, who’s currently assisting Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign in California — a role that also provides the former Massachusetts governor with a toehold in a major state.

Some in the big donor class claim to welcome the tea party’s energy, but many are nevertheless nervously eyeing Palin, who posted big numbers this quarter with a surprisingly small number of maximum donations — a sign that she could be poised to, like GOP Senate nominees Sharron Angle in Nevada or Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, capture an internet cash wave that has largely favored Democrats so far.

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