Hillary Clinton has established herself as a tier of one atop the Democratic race for the nomination, while the Republican race may be moving into a phase where there is no legitimate top tier, let alone a front runner. It’s a wide open race, and some of the horses who have lagged behind up until now can smell vulnerability coming from the leaders.

I think any one of the GOP candidates outside of Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo can claim they have a shot at least of having a say on who the nominee will be.

Of the remaining six, Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee are the two longest shots to win it, but given Paul’s money and fanatical base and Huckabee’s strong appeal to the Christian right, they can be players in the game. When it comes time for them to drop out, their endorsements will go a long way to help one of the remaining candidates to seal the deal.

At this point, you can almost throw a blanket over Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain and Mitt Romney, I think the race among those four is very close. Giuliani leads the national polls, Romney leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, Thompson looked like he has his act together in the debate last night and McCain is showing some life after being left for dead this summer.

They are all flawed – Giuliani is too liberal, McCain is too old, Thompson is too lazy and Romney is too fake – but each of them brings something to the table that could give them the slingshot they need to take down the Goliath that is Billary.

Now all they have to do is figure out how to win.

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