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.

The GOP Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: January 4, 2008
Power Ranking The Horse Mug Shot Momentum The Tip Sheet
1 Mike Huckabee Huckabee Up The Derby has discovered how Huckabee won the Iowa caucus, but after serious reflection, we’ve decided not to announce it. It’s never too late to do the right thing. Nevertheless an impressive victory, but does anyone else wonder why no leading conservatives support him?
2 Mitt Romney Romney Romney wishes he’d never raised the bar in Iowa with that summertime straw poll win. Because he just crawled right under it with his finish in the caucus. Now it’s either win New Hampshire or it’s back to that minimum wage job at Bain.
3 John McCain McCain Up Forget expensive scientific polling data. Google “McCain + Lazarus” and you’ll find 48,600 results. But try Googling “McCain + Amnesty” and you’ll find 321,000 results. McCain better hope New Hampshire voters prefer Yahoo.
4 Rudy Giuliani Giuliani Down Rudy’s strategy from launch day was to ignore Iowa, survive New Hampshire, and cruise on Super Duper Tuesday. He’s right on track, if by “cruise” he meant Carnival and seven tasty meals and snacks a day.
5 Fred Thompson Fred Thompson Up It could have been worse for Fred. He lives to play another day in New Hampshire and probably runs on to South Carolina. But he’s out of money, and Metamucil doesn’t come cheap.
6 Ron Paul Paul Down Ron Paul has exactly one more chance to prove the naysayers wrong. It’s all about New Hampshire. He pulled only slightly more support than the “biased” mainstream polls predicted. Maybe all that Internet buzz was just that — buzzed people using the Internet.

The DEM Horse Tip Sheet
Rankings last updated: January 4, 2008
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet
1 Barack Obama Obama Down Pick your sports metaphor: Obama just pulled a Buster Douglas, a Miracle on Ice, a Joe Namath in Super Bowl III. Even better yet, a win in New Hampshire will put Obama farther ahead than any horse since Secretariat.
2 Hillary Clinton Clinton Down Hillary’s third place finish in Iowa was more than a flesh wound, it was the systematic breaking of three out of four legs. Hillary must win New Hampshire, period, or she’ll be on Divorce Court faster than you can say Judge Mablean.
3 John Edwards Edwards What do we call it when 70% of Iowa caucus-goers reject you despite spending six years of your life there begging for their support? A loss.
4 Bill Richardson Richardson Richardson is likely to run until February 5th, regardless the outcome in New Hampshire. But is there truth to the rumors that Richardson’s wife calls him “Mr. Number Two” behind closed doors? Let’s hope not.
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