The polling evidence strongly suggests that McCain has to actually convince registered Democrats to vote for him in order to win. He is, or was, perhaps the only GOPer who might succeed at such an effort.
"McCain doesn't use a computer. I mean, I would try explaining email, Facebook, Twitter -- massive social movements -- to your grandmother and ask her to apply that to governing and see if that would work for you."
Expansion of the media space is a good thing, but filtering and forwarding systems must keep pace. The better we are at finding the good stuff, the easier it is to relax and accept that anyone can be a media producer.
Dueling candidate communiques today on McCain's non-timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq raised important questions: Does "confused" mean "old"? And just how politically confused is Joe Lieberman?
McCain has begun running general election ads in an impressive list of swing states, providing in effect a battle map of states the GOP believes are in play. Missouri and Michigan near the top of the list.
Bush and McCain moved their event in the presumptive Republican nominee's hometown to a smaller venue, afraid protesters would outnumber guests. Meantime, Michelle packed a convention room around the corner.
Obama is strong in the Rockies and weak in the Appalachians. His map is tilted to the west. He may well win Col. and even Nev. in the general election but how does that balance against Ohio, Penn. Fl.?
"It was a mental health question. A guy who would call his wife a cunt in front of reporters is not only a jerk but dangerous. It's scary to think of a hothead like McCain having his finger on the trigger."
Indiana is a dead heat for the Democrats and, remarkably, may be up for grabs come November. What's more, the Obama camp told superdelegates that Ohio and Florida are not key to its general-election strategy.
If Hillary steals the nomination, there will be race division within the Democratic party. If McCain chooses Rice or Powell as VP, he would be masterfully positioning the Republican party as moving beyond its racist past.