Welcome to the Special Christmas 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.

What do the leading horses want from Santa?

The DEM Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: December 16, 2007
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet: “What does each candidate want from Santa Clause this year?”
1 Barack Obama Obama Down
  • That someone actually begins to care that Oprah endorsed him
  • That Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton don’t decide to pull an Oprah and start campaigning for him
  • Wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, because even Bill’s old state trooper buddies couldn’t stop that momentum
2 Hillary Clinton Clinton Down
  • A photo of Obama writing his kindergarten musings from a mosque
  • Power outages at the major pollsters call centers
  • For every woman who’s ever slept with Bill to endorse her, ensuring Hillary wins the nomination unanimously
3 John Edwards Edwards
  • A drug company scandal
  • An insurance company scandal
  • A mega-scandal involving Hillary, Ellen, Obama, and Larry Craig
4 Bill Richardson Richardson
  • A list of china patterns for Air Force Two
  • Ribbons, lots of ribbons
  • A giant pair of scissors
5 Joe Biden Biden
  • To have been a governor instead of a senator
  • For voters to actually vote based on foreign policy street cred
  • A Festivus miracle
Others receiving votes: Chris Dodd, Al Gore, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich
The GOP Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: December 16, 2007
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet: “What does each candidate want from Santa Clause this year?”
1 Mike Huckabee Huckabee Up
  • Short memories for pocket-book conservatives regarding his tax policies as Arkansas governor
  • $25 million and 3,000 volunteers to compete after Iowa
  • Someone to text message him whenever NIE reports on Iran are released
2 Mitt Romney Romney Down
  • That Donny and Marie Osmond don’t decide to pull an Oprah and start campaigning for him
  • A win in New Hampshire equal to his likely loss in Iowa
  • For Huckabee to give up politics and return to the pulpit
3 Rudy Giuliani Giuliani
  • Short memories for social conservatives regarding his policies as NYC mayor
  • A family therapist
  • A survival kit that lasts until Super Duper Tuesday
4 Ron Paul Paul Up
  • A top three finish in Iowa
  • A monster 4th quarter at the bank
  • For all states to suddenly decide to allow primary votes to be cast online
5 John McCain McCain
  • Two words: New Hampshire
  • For his rivals to continue gushing over him in public
  • For 12 million illegals to voluntarily go home so immigration is no longer an issue
6 Fred Thompson Fred Thompson Down
  • To actually give a rat’s rear-end whether he wins or loses
  • A referral to the same doctor that gave John Kerry botox
  • The end of the Hollywood writers’ strike so he can start campaigning again
Others receiving votes: Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo, Lazlo

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