Elite Pick Warner, McCain

At the Atlantic Monthly’s State of the Union party Tuesday night, Jim Fallows conducted a little presidential poll of the roughly 60-member audience, a kind of money-media-power elite blend.

The question: “Who is the likely Democratic nominee for President?”

To my correspondent’s surprise, 32% picked Mark John Warner; only 25% said Hillary Rodham Clinton. (More evidence of Clinton political brilliance! It was, after all, getting to be about time to shed that “frontrunner” albatross.)

On the Republican side, a full 62% (a number that no doubt included Georgette Mosbacher, who was in the audience) said John McCain will be the GOP nominee.