McCain Is Readying a General-Election Strategy — Can the Democrats?

There's been ample discussion in recent weeks about which Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, would be the stronger general election candidate against John McCain. Most of the recent polls seem to point to Obama having a slight edge in this department, though not all.

But the trick at this point should be for both Clinton and Obama to prove it by starting to campaign against McCain now. Because it certainly looks like McCain is getting ready to go on the offensive against them.

One long term consequence of the protracted Dem contest is that it's now clear that Hillary and Obama will simultaneously be battling each other while likely GOP nominee John McCain starts sharpening his attacks on Dems in preparation for a grueling general election.
McCain adviser Charlie Black made a very compelling case today that it's mathematically impossible for him to lose at this point. And McCain himself said at a presser today he was cancelling a trip to Europe to wrap things up and start taking on the Dems.
It sets up an unpleasant scenario -- for the next couple of months, Clinton will go after Obama, Obama will go after Clinton, and McCain will go after Clinton and Obama.

Why play that game? If Obama and Clinton want to be the Dem who can take on McCain in the fall, why not prove their mettle by going on the offensive against him now?

Oliver Willis had a good item about this earlier today:

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