Um . . . we are through with Hillary now, right?
McCain fares better against Obama than he does against two other prominent Democrats. New York Senator Hillary Clinton leads McCain by eight points, 50% to 42%. Former Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, leads McCain 50% to 43%.
These numbers help explain why Election 2008 is competitive even though events so heavily favor the Democrats -- because the Republicans are on course to nominate their strongest possible general election candidate but the Democrats are not. Perhaps even more importantly, the data suggests that voters don’t see a potential McCain Administration as the third term of President Bush.
Only gullible Dems, and Dems hoping you are gullible really think McCain will be just like Bush. McCain broke with the Bush administration far too many times for this meme to grow and flourish. The very fact that McCain is not like Bush is one of the things propelling him along so well among independents.