Ben Smith: "And says the Diageo Hotline poll coming out today has a generic Democrat beating a generic Republican 47%-29%."


As Smith notes, named matchups never poll out even close to that favorably for any of the Democrats. That said, this is an advantage I'd gladly take if I were a Democratic candidate looking forward to a general election. Painting your opponent as a member of the political party he is, in fact, a member of seems like one of the less-difficult lines of attack to carry out. Not a no-brainer by any means, but something that can be done. Especially because Giuliani and McCain are both falling over each other to embrace the most important elements of GOP dogma.