With Romney out, it’s McCain on the Republican side. That’s good for the GOP, since, out of those who were and are running, McCain’s probably the best bet of the bunch in regards to his appeal in a general election.
As for the Democratic side, what with apportioned delegates, it’s still up in the air of who’s going to be the Dem. front-runner: Clinton or Obama? But faced with the specter of McCain as the Rep. candidate, I hope it’s Obama. My very-unscientific-gut tells me that Obama would have a greater electoral appeal than Clinton in a general election.
With Obama being the Dem. candidate, we would have a real presidential election come November, with folks of all political stripes — especially moderates and independents, like yours truly — realizing that their vote would really count. With Clinton as the Dem. candidate, I think she’ll go down in flames. After all, McCain actually reached out to the Dems in the Senate, so much so that some conservatives in his own party, backing Romney, called him a “liberal masquerading as Republican.” With Clinton’s Bill-baggage like a political albatross, I don’t think she’ll win against Old Man McCain.
But if it were McCain vs. Obama…
Now we’re talking! ::rubs hands in voter-empowered expectation::