With a bare-knuckled challenger waiting in the wings, is Adrian Fenty beginning to become a little unsure of himself? Perhaps starting to doubt his very existence?

Why, look at this form letter his campaign sent to donors this morning. soliciting last minute donations before the Jan. 31 filing deadline:

I hope the New Year has started well. Fenty 2010 will soon reach another major mile marker. Our next financial report with the Office of Campaign Finance is due on January 31st. We’re currently at 94% of our fundraising goal for this period. As many of you have done before, I ask you to make an online contribution today to show your support….

Sincerely, Adrian M. Fenty?

Illustration by Brooke Hatfield