Doesn't Matter If Dems Fight: McCain Has Already Peaked

Lefty and righty both see a ceiling for Republican hopeful
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 12:36 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – The bruising Obama-Clinton battle is giving Republicans hope and Dems heartburn, but those feelings are misplaced, bloggers right and left agree: John McCain isn’t gaining on either potential fall opponents—and might indeed have hit his ceiling. At a moment that “ought to be peak time” for McCain, Ross Douthat writes in the Atlantic, he’s stuck at the same 45% nationally he had in December.

In the New Republic, meanwhile, Jonathan Cohn re-assures the left, telling like-minded readers not to “have a conniption”: “if McCain is getting a free ride, it doesn’t seem to be doing much good.” Indeed, McCain is like a 1999 Internet stock—“great numbers, lousy fundamentals.” The eventual Democratic nominee will have plenty of time to soften him up.