Does Hillary Clinton Fear John McCain? – Updated

Just check this story out from politicalticker and you’ll see where I’m going with this:

(CNN) — If Hillary Clinton and John McCain become their party’s presidential nominees, the general election race is likely to be a love-fest.

At least according to Bill Clinton.

Campaigning in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Friday, the former president brushed aside suggestions his wife would prove to be a divisive nominee for the Democratic Party, pointing out how she has successfully worked with Republicans in the Senate — including one of the current GOP presidential candidates.

“She and John McCain are very close,” Clinton said. “They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history, and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”

The comments may not be welcome by the McCain camp — which yesterday faced fire from several of its rivals for winning the backing of the New York Times — a longtime archenemy of conservatives.

I would argue that it’s in Hillary’s best interest to point out how bipartisan McCain has been in the senate. I say this because in all the polls, McCain is the only Republican candidate that right now appears to have the ability to easily beat any Democratic nominee.

Therefore, it is in the Clinton’s best interest to be chummy about McCain with the hopes that conservative Republicans will decide he’s too liberal and choose someone like Romney or Giuliani. Neither of them currently have the polls numbers to beat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head.

If one Republican nominee scares Hillary Clinton more than any of them, it’s John McCain. There is some calculation behind Bill’s comments, at least it appears that way to me. Especially since they’re coming before the Florida Republican primary and Super Tuesday.

I think Hillary would much rather face Romney or Giuliani since they don’t have the appeal to independent voters the way McCain does.

Update

See, I’m not crazy:

The Clinton’s fear a McCain nomination.