McCain and Rudi? 5 pt. margin? No way. If the Republicans did that and the Dems candidate was Hilary, they would win by far more than 5 pts. I wouldn't be surprised with a landslide in the magnitude of a 70/30.
Everybody likes McCain and Rudi. Even I do, about 80% of the time. If all Republicans were like them, I'd have a heck of a hard time deciding who to vote for these days.
But there's no way McCain and Rudi will run. They are just too centrist, have too much integrity, and most people in the party are deeply afraid of putting them in a position of real power because of that.
Maybe one of them will the nomination for VP. I doubt anything more than that.
In regards to Hilary, I sincerely hope the Dems can get a better candidate. I really like her -- more than McCain or Rudi -- but I know I'm in a minority -- most Americans really don't understand the value of her qualities, nor the dramatic positive impact that having a Woman being the most powerful person in the world would have.
Americans can't get past the "angry b*tch" image, so I don't have the slightest hope she can win.
Personally, my preference for a Democratic candidate that I believe can get elected (in theory) would be somebody like Wesley Clark... I hope he can learn from the mistakes he made in 2004, leverage the fact that people, more than ever, dislike and suspect seasoned politicians, and he runs, this time successfully, in 2008.