The New York Daily News is reporting a new Diageo/Hotline Poll that shows the following:
- Head to head, John McCain (motto: There's no problem that my legislative proposals won't make worse) beats St. Hillary of Dogpatch by 52% to 36%. This is one of the largest margins noted in the history of polling at this point in the election cycle.
- McCain drops to a 36% to 29% plurality over the ever-pollable "unnamed Democratic opponent."
- Hillary only manages a 2% plurality, well within the margin of error, against the "unnamed Republican opponent" (which translates into the vernacular as "corrupt tool of the megarich and job-outsourcing multinational corporations and enemy of America's working families").
Hillary's negatives outside the hard core constituency of the Democrat party are so great that nominating her means a loss to almost any conceivable Republican candidate, including Richard Nixon's corpse.
The news is not that McCain beats Hillary. It's that anybody does. McCain will more likely win if the Democrats nominate Hillary than if the Democrats nominate John Kennedy's corpse. Same goes for any generic Evil Republican who would run against the Former Co-President.
So despite what one might think about the judgment of the American public (as demonstrated, say, in the music nominated for the Grammy Awards*), it appears that our republic may remain safely in the hands of registered voters through another presidential election.
*Before a pedantic gentle reader points this out, I will acknowledge that the Grammy Awards are not based on sales or public opinion polling but on the judgment of members of the music industry. I aver, however, that such opinion is entirely commercial and reflects popular tastes. Further, I assert that the awards given at the "People's Choice Awards" will reflect even worse popular tastes.