Still More McCain
Just for the heck of it, I checked out Tradesports' page
on the expected Republican nominee in 2008.
McCain's at about 52 cents asked (to win $1.00 if he becomes the nominee. Romney's at 13 cents, Giuliani about 13.5 cents, Huckabee's at 8 cents, Rice and Gingrich are at 5 cents, Hagel's way overvalued at 3 cents and everybody else is right around a penny.
I would encourage my friends who disagree on McCain to stop saying they won't vote for him under any circumstances, unless of course they are talking about in the primaries. Tradesports is not perfect by any means, but it distills the CW very well. The CW is that McCain is about as likely as all the other candidates combined to win the nomination.
On the Democrat's side
of the ledger, Tradesports sees Hillary as slightly more of a favorite than McCain, with her shares offered at 54.4 cents. Amusingly, Obama's shares are currently ahead of Gore's, at 16.6 cents compared to 11.9 cents. Edwards rounds out the real contenders at 7.6 cents; everybody after that is at 3 cents or lower. Jean Fraude Kerry is at 2 cents even, behind Vilsack, Bayh, Biden and Richardson.