Maybe. Maybe not. Who am I to predict that the Democrats are too smart to self-destruct in what should be, by all other measures, a watershed year? The more steely-eyed among us, then, would do well to psychologically prepare for the nomination going, somehow or other, to Hillary Clinton. Which means, in turn, that Democrats ought to simultaneously prepare to be beaten by John McCain.
Clinton's done McCain the favor of already producing his best general-election campaign. All he has to do is cut her answering the phone out of the last five seconds and splice his own mug in there instead. If Clinton succeeds in making what's politely called the "national-security issue" the center of the campaign by arguing she's a safer choice than Obama, then why wouldn't McCain argue that he's even better than she? McCain's already started that effort. If Hillary's nominated, he'll most likely end it.