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Oddly (Not Very) Presidential

Via the New York Times, I found an article in the Boston Phoenix called Empty Pantsuit. Writer Steven Stark talks about why the two new biographies of Hillary Rodham Clinton are so boring. The reason, of course, is that she's just not a very interesting person.

The press's assumption about Hillary has always been that she's the power behind the throne: the smart, savvy one at Yale Law School, who got better grades but postponed her own political career for the benefit of her husband. David Brock wrote an earlier biography, The Education of Hillary Rodham, that advanced this thesis, making the claim that Hillary, not Bill, was the leading light of the twosome.

There’s only one problem with this theory: there isn’t evidence to support it. Love him or hate him, Bill is a political phenomenon.

But don't get me started on the woman who used her husband and my state to launch her political career. What really interested me in this article was not it telling me what I already knew, but the list of odds that followed. I just had to share it for my readers:
Republicans
Rudy Giuliani 3-2
Fred Thompson 3-1
Mitt Romney 7-2
John Mccain 7-1
Mike Huckabee 200-1
Sam Brownback 1000-1
Tommy Thompson 20,000-1
Duncan Hunter 20,000-1
James Gilmore 40,000-1
Tom Tancredo 75,000-1
Ron Paul500,000-1
Democrats
Barack Obama 4-3
Hillary Clinton 3-2
John Edwards7-1
Bill Richardson 40-1
Joe Biden 65-1
Chris Dodd 150-1
Dennis Kucinich 25,000-1
Mike Gravel 1,000,000-1
I decided to post this because it reminded me a bit of the post I wrote about the Papacy before Ratzinger was elected. I've emboldened the names of my favorite from each party above. Figures I would pick the Republican whose chances are judged to be half-a-million-to-one.

And I think that if Bloomberg enters the race, things will look very different for both parties. I don't think Bloomberg is by any means an ideal presidential candidate, he is, as Scott Adams has pointed out, smart, efficient, and independently wealthy.

For me, the only way to root out the corruption that is destroying the American democracy is to reform the campaigning and election process. The only one capable of doing so is an independent who does not have a vested interest in propping up the existing system.

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Comments on Oddly (Not Very) Presidential
  Comment from Blogger Patsy at Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:40:00 AM
I find the odds on Giuliani puzzling. I don't think an Italian Catholic Pro-Choice NYer has a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected president, even if he DOES have lots of flag waving pix of hmself and sooty firemen at the WTC pit.
I'd get a new bookie.

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