David’s prophetic (dis)qualifications apply here, so if I’m wrong don’t stone me. But here are my predictions concerning the 2008 Presidential election. I realize it is early, but this seems the likeliest sitch, so I’m calling it.
For the Democrats it will be Hillary/Edwards. She’ll need a plausible male running mate who has some cred but who will not be a threat to her masculinity. I don’t think Obama will have the legs to make it to the big dance and it has much less to do with ideology than with the fact that his name rhymes with Osama, and the nervousness over talk that he is a Muslim – in spite of his insistence to the contrary. Hillary can easily get back on the inevitability bus and ride it into the convention, and she probably will.
For the Republicans it will be McCain/Huckabee. Huckabee is unelectable as a presidential nominee. He doesn’t have sufficient mo with the evangelical base, he’s not looking good in the poles, and he is running out of money. Romney just gives a lot of people the creeps. Ron Paul is fat with cash, but is simply not sexy enough for the image-driven world of presidential politics. Rudy doesn’t have a chance. So, by process of elimination, McCain gets the nod. Huckabee will be the VP nominee because McCain needs to make an appeal to a more conservative crowd (although…insert eye-roll here).
And the winner will be Hillary Clinton.
Just callin’ ’em like I see ’em.