McCain for President?

 Posted by  Nolan McCarty

A conservative-liberal oscillation cements his 'maverick' reputation. August 31, 2008

This election is about Barack Obama not John McCain. This is true for a couple of reasons. The first is that in a year so tilted toward the Democrats, Obama wins easily so long as he doesn't run too far behind the rest of his party. But it is also true because after a long stretch in the public eye as a heroic prisoner of war, a senator and a presidential candidate, the voters feel like they know John McCain. Consequently, McCain's polling numbers are stuck around 43 to 44 percent while all the action is in Obama's numbers....

Read the rest of this opinion piece by Nolan McCarty, Keith Poole, and Howard Rosenthal at http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080831/news_lz1e31mccarty.html

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