MORNING READ

Debate over whether the fight between Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will pull their party apart before November is driving talk on conservative and mainstream media blogs on Friday.

Both Pejman Yousefzadeh at RedState and Carol Platt Liebau at Townhall.com find some pleasure in a recent Gallup poll showing large swaths of Obama and Clinton supporters voting for Republican John McCain if their favored candidate doesn't win the Democratic presidential nomination. Liebau, however, cautions readers to remember that Republicans went through their own bruising nomination fight before picking a winner in McCain, who emerged intact.

Chris Cillizza writes there's a good chance Democrats will rally behind their party's candidate come November. Marc Ambinder breaks down the Democratic demographics most likely to defect: conservatives and independents. And Mark Halperin notes that Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean went on morning network shows to warn that bickering could harm his party.

Liberal blogs are focused on Iraq and McCain. Josh Marshall writes that Iraq is "teetering," with government forces struggling in their attempted crackdown of Shiite militias. Several blogs, meanwhile, were forced to run corrections after linking to a Think Progress post that mistakenly claimed McCain plagiarized Adm. Timothy Ziemer's speech in his own foreign policy speech this week. The McCain campaign pointed out that the senator uttered the lines in question before the admiral did.







FROM THE BLOGS:
Obamacains and McClintons -- Chris Cillizza, The Fix
Democrats Defecting -- Marc Ambinder
A Note of Caution -- Carol Platt Liebau, Townhall.com
Popcorn For Spectacles Such As These -- Yousefzadeh, RedState
Clinton's Lifeline Strategy -- Jerome Armstrong, MyDD
McCain of the Moment and Immig. -- David Neiwert, firedoglake
McCain & Romney: So Happy
-- D. Montenaro, First Read
CFG is Sweet on McCain -- D. Freddoso, The Corner
Pew: Media Stopped Covering Iraq -- Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Saying 'Surge is Working' Worked -- Meteor Blades, Kos
Iraq: Teetering -- Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo
Today in Iraq
-- Joe Klein, Swampland
Yet More Threats -- Chris Bowers, Open Left
Airbrushing Rev. Wright -- Paul Mirengoff, Power Line
Key Part of Obama's Econ Speech -- N. Scheiber, The Stump
McCain Word-for-Word With Adm.
-- Mark Silva, The Swamp
Medellin: Ball In Congress