Obama does well if he were were running against George Bush, and Obama would even have a decent margin if he were up against former Republican candidates Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee.
The Rasmussen report also shows that if the Democrats had chosen Hillary Clinton as their nominee, she would be leading by a larger margin against John McCain than Obama is.
The poll results also show that Obama would have an easier go of it against two of McCain’s chief rivals for the Republican nomination. The presumptive Democratic nominee leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by eight points 49% to 41% and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee 50% to 39%.
However, McCain fares better against Obama than he does against two other prominent Democrats. New York Senator Hillary Clinton leads McCain by eight points, 50% to 42%. Former Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, leads McCain 50% to 43%.
These numbers help explain why Election 2008 is competitive even though events so heavily favor the Democrats -- because the Republicans are on course to nominate their strongest possible general election candidate but the Democrats are not. Perhaps even more importantly, the data suggests that voters don’t see a potential McCain Administration as the third term of President Bush.
Emphasis mine and something that Hillary Clinton supporters are bound to agree with.
Considering the trouble in the Democratic paradise, maybe, just maybe, it isn't a bad idea for the Democrats to hold an open floor roll call vote at their convention, as Clinton supporters are challenging them to do.
It is not beyond the realm of possibilities that the Democrats would perhaps decide to choose their strongest candidate instead of their weakest one.
If the Democrats lose in November and John McCain wins the presidency, Obama and the DNC will have nobody to blame but themselves.