The race was, and is, the Democrats' to lose. If for no other reason, there was enough absolute hatred of George W Bush (and for some, this hated included the war in Iraq) that all a Democrat had to was wait until election day, and poof, anyone they nominated was in.
No longer. While John McCain has locked nothing up, he has more than a fighting chance to win. The Democrats famously imploded organizationally and elected, by default, George Bush instead of what they wanted (anybody but George).
Implosion issues included Barack Obamas unwilling to work under female Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton unable to shake the ghost of Bill Clinton, but tiny things are eating at them as well. Obama's church is racist. He may be as PC as the next black man, but his church is not. Hillary and Bill made massive amounts of money, distancing them from the average man they are appealing to. These things and more are ticking away at their invincibility. John McCain has, so far, been safe from such.
McCain even with Obama, leads Clinton: Reuters poll
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain runs even with Democratic rival Barack Obama and narrowly leads Hillary Clinton in potential match-ups in November, according to a ...