Is $5 million really headline news in politics these days? I feel very naive about this because I have no clue what the real deal is, but I`ve long noticed that when I`m reading stories about the political contributions of heavy hitters like Adelson and Haim Saban, the numbers tossed around about their donations don`t seem all that staggering. Now, T. Boone Pickens giving $165 million to get Oklahoma State almost into the BCS title game — that`s significant money. But $5 million sounds like what some used car dealer ponies up to get his college football team`s weight room refurbished, not the kind of serious moolah that may determine the course of American history. Reading these articles, I feel like I`m in that scene in Austin Powers where Dr. Evil is defrosted after 30 years and threatens to blow up the world if he`s not given "One. Million. Dollars!"