Hillary has a great chance to win.
However, that is good for the GOP. Since,
even an annoyed base would rally to defeat
Hillary and Billary. The tag team. They
would rally the opposition.
But, don't count out other Democrats:
Obama, the former Gov. of VA Warner,
Bayh, Kerry, Gore, Richardson, etc.
Not to mention the Mayor of LA. The
Democrats have a lot of very attractive
Mayors and Governors to choose from,
black,brown, female, etc.
If Cindy Sheehan and her gaggle of anti-war,
anti-Bush, anti-American groups hate Clinton
for her position on Iraq (and Afghanistan by
the way), which they have publicly stated,
she is in for some troubles. Only because
the far left controls the DNC convention and
grassroots more often than not. The Not In Our
Name crowd will demand a lot of anti-war, anti-Israel,
anti-American style concessions from Hillary, and
she can't be seen caving publicly on that type of
thing. She'd lose her so called 'moderate' stance
on some key foreign policy issues.
However, she's the clear favorite.
For the GOP, we've got McCain. He knows he's
annoyed just about everyone in the GOP for years
(after that Keating Scandal he got grumpier). Speaking
to Falwell, Schuller, etc., is for a reason: he's
groveling for votes. He's pro-life, and in the end,
that is what will get him more (though not as much
as Bush) votes among Christians who line up with
the GOP. Fact is Bush would campaign for him, since
McCain campaigned for him in 2000 and 2004. He
is loyal if nothing else.
However, his immigration policy will kill him w/the
traditional GOP voter. He better hope that bill w/his
name on it, dies fast. He's wrong on this issue, and
many will vote for a 3rd party person than him on
this one issue alone. Which only helps the Democrats.
But, the GOP does that, see Ross Perot, helped
Bill Clinton win twice.
Other than McCain, there is Allen in Virginia (if he
wins his re-election that is), Romney in MA (no real
chance, but, he's making noise), Martinez in Florida,
and there is always the former Cabinet people like
Tom Ridge (veteran, homeland security,governor)
and Rice (she always says no, but, you know that
can change), etc. There is Chuck Hagel (ha ha),
Mr. I am all that Bush is not. Sort of a mini-me
for McCain. I would never count out Powell or
even former General Franks either, both regulars
on the speaking circuit and radio talk shows.
Did anyone think Bush would win the nomination
over the seasoned McCain when he did two in 1998?
Not many. It's early. Clear frontrunners don't always
win. Clinton came out of nowhere to take the nomination
from Al Gore.
Both parties need someone who is a good candidate,
good leader, good fundraiser, and can win the key
states. Some states are locks, i.e., California for
the Democrats, Texas for the Republicans, etc. But,
they need to win Colorado and Florida and Missouri
and Ohio too.
McCain has a temper, and can be very rude. Short
fuse. Clinton can be cold, aloof, and monotone.