John Edwards has a difficult path to the nomination — running as he is in the shadow of a Clinton and a political supernova in Obama. But he may just have the best shot in a general election.
Giuliani is clearly the toughest general election opponent for Democrats. The stumbling blocks that he'll need to overcome to grab the GOP nomination — his stances on abortion, gun control, and gay rights — should actually help him in the general.
Indeed, alone among the Republican field, Giuliani runs neck and neck with Hillary and Obama in early polling. But the one Democrat who consistently beats America's Mayor is Edwards, by 6 points.
I don't know what you chalk that up to, exactly. His whiteness. His maleness? I'd guess it has more to do with his Southern-ness. Odd that after 15 years of TexArkanic rule in the White House, Edwards is the only true Southerner in the 2008 race.