Welcome to the latest edition of PoliticalDerby.com’s 2008 Power Rankings, the original tracking service in the current race for the White House. The rankings are updated as circumstances warrant and are compiled by our Editor and contributors using wire reports, polls, campaign staffer scuttlebutt and confidential tips.

And now off to the races!

The DEM Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: October 13, 2007
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet
1 Hillary Clinton Clinton Up Hillary out raised everyone in a quarter that saw her give back $850,000 back to a corrupt donor. Campaign scuttlebutt suggests she’ll soon offer that same amount to every American as her bidding war with herself continues. $5,000 per kid quickly became $1,000 per person per year, so she’s on the right trajectory. At this point her cackle and Bill’s super-sexed libido are the only real threats to winning the nomination. (previous ranking: #1)
1 Hillary Clinton Clinton Up She slipped a little, but in a stunning move, was overtaken by herself. Refusing to commit to having all US troops out of Iraq by 2013 displeased the Democrat base. But that fizzled when the other top-tier Democratic candidates, with the exception of Richardson, said the exact same thing. Keep your friends close, and those positioning themselves to be your Vice Presidential nominee, closer. (previous ranking: #1)
1 Hillary Clinton Clinton Up Do you see the trend? Hillary is back to assuming the top three spots. This is her race to lose unless the media starts flexing their muscles and asking tougher questions. How are you going to pay for all of your promises? Why are you aligning yourself with someone who likes to shove classified documents down his pants for kicks? Who’s better for the kids, Britney or K-Fed? (previous ranking: #1)
4 Barack Obama Obama Down Little things like lapel pins mean so much, especially when the conventional wisdom is you’re just too wet behind the ears. He just can’t seem to shake the Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time image. Perhaps his fortune will change once he starts spending his millions on TV ads, but for now his numbers are stuck. (previous ranking: #2)
5 John Edwards Edwards Down Edwards is having a hard time stepping out of his wife’s shadow, and for good reason, she may be the better story. Can he reclaim his once prized-Iowa lead? Will rumors that Edwards had a tryst with a former staffer stick? And if so, will he have paid more for her than the haircuts? (previous ranking: #3)
Others receiving votes: Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Al Gore, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson

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The GOP Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: October 13, 2007
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet
1 Rudy Giuliani Giuliani Down Rudy regains the top spot because he out raised his fellow Republicans without dipping into his own pocket to pad his total. His position in New Hampshire is improving by the day and he’s picked up several recent endorsements. It also didn’t hurt that he’s not the one who suggested consulting lawyers before acting on matters of national defense. He owes a Mitt a slice of New York pizza for that tasty debate gaffe. (previous ranking: #2)
2 Fred Thompson Fred Thompson Pick your school of thought on Fred Thompson’s first debate performance. One says he did poorly in the debate with his alternating short and rambling answers. The other thinks he cleared the bar just fine, thank you very much. None of that matters, the important thing is he finally showed up. Fred was second in fundraising – if you don’t count Romney’s generous loan – and he has plenty of money to get through the year. (previous ranking: #1)
3 Mitt Romney Romney Down Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. The Law & Order debate joke was more canned than his Grandma’s peaches and his line about consulting attorneys sent shivers down the spines of conservatives. Is there something in the Massachusetts water? We’ve gone from a “Global Test” to a “Bar Exam” on issues of national defense. He needs to sit down with his largest donor, himself, and find a way to be as polished as he’s been accused of being. (previous ranking: #3)
4 John McCain McCain Even Still clinging to life, still fighting and perhaps finding traction in the Granite State. He’s proof positive that if you’re going to fall flat on your face, make sure you do it early enough that you have time to pick yourself back up. McCain’s hurdle will be having enough cash to sustain momentum if he wins or finishes second in New Hampshire. Anything less and it’s back to the morgue, err, Senate. (previous ranking: tied for #4)
5 Mike Huckabee
(tie)
Huckabee Down Huckabee’s strength had been the debates, but not this last time. Only when he spoke were viewers aware he was even on the stage, then he was quickly forgotten. Of course according to former Bush advisor Dan Bartlett, Huckabee’s name is just too darn silly sounding to win the White House anyway. With that kind of groundbreaking insight, taxpayers should feel fortunate he’s not on the government payroll any longer. (previous ranking: #5)
5 Ron Paul
(tie)
Paul Up Paul and Huckabee may be tied, but they are headed in opposite directions. Raising $5 million in the last quarter is nothing to sniff at when “also-ran” jokes have often had your name as a punch-line. He still defines the term long-shot, but a 3rd place finish in an early state would be something for Team Paul to savor. (previous ranking: #5)
Others receiving votes: Sam Brownback, Newt Gingrich, Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo

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