Still No Democratic Nominee.... Who Wins?

Texas and Ohio came and went this week (well, the Texas caucus isn't settle yet), and still, there's no clear Democratic Presidential nominee. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to duke it out for delegates. Meantime, Sen. John McCain has clinched the number of delegates to be assured the GOP nomination. Who wins and who loses in the long run from this - the Democrats or the Republicans? Political analysts say, historically, the party that is most divided going into the conventions tends to lose the general election. In this case, that would work against the Democrats. As Obama and Clinton continue to battle each other, they pit Democrats against each other, and could end up alienating the supporters of whoever ends up losing the nomination. Meantime, McCain can rally Republicans (and Independents) around him, while taking aim at both Democratic candidates. Fair enough. However, the media love conflict and competition, and, as long as the Democrats still have a contest going on, there's more to cover. While I know we'll still make an effort to include a mention of McCain if we mention Clinton and Obama, the uncertainties of the Democratic contest mean it will generate a lot more discussion on the national networks and talk shows. In other words, McCain's message may get lost in the noise of the Democratic debate - benefiting both Obama and Clinton in terms of merely getting their names out there. Then again, many people say they're tired of nasty campaign clashes, and the longer that goes on, it might just turn them off from both Democratic candidates. Which side to you fall on? Does the GOP now have the upper hand? Or are the historic quests of the Democratic candidates still tops?


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