Managing editor Brian Lindamood and I sat down to discuss the only Ohio debate between Democratic frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Hear our top-notch analysis about who came out on top. [Listen]

Also, I thought this wire report published on DispatchPolitics.com was interesting.

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would lose to presumptive Republican nominee John McCain if the general election were held today, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. McCain would beat Clinton 46 percent to 40 percent and Obama 44 percent to 42 percent. His lead over Obama is within the poll's 3-point margin of error.

The Arizona senator scored higher marks than Clinton or Obama for experience, strength and the ability to deal with the Iraq war. On the issue of "honesty and integrity," he beat Clinton and was tied by Obama. McCain is viewed favorably by 61 percent of all registered voters, including a plurality of Democrats.

Of course, polls are often misleading, incomplete, biased and non-representative. But it's interesting that McCain would beat both. I wonder two things:

- Obama has gained significant ground among major voting blocs, including white males. However, can he maintain the grassroots energy that has wilted in the past two Democratic general-election campaigns?

- How badly will the recent McCain missteps hurt him? Is it better they happened now, rather than in September?