Matt Drudge flashes the odds on Hillary (and others ) becoming the next President of the United States:
Odds that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) will win the White House in 2008 have improved greatly -- at least in the underworld of online betting, ROLL CALL reports.
At the Web-based sports book, SportsInteraction.com, Clinton's odds of occupying the White House in 2008 have improved to 5-1. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani follows with 7-1 odds of winning the presidency in 2008, ahead of former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), who fetched 9-1 odds.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is fourth with 13-1 odds, followed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) with 15-1 odds. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is last on the SportsInteraction.com Web site, with 41-1 odds of winning the White House in 2008.
Here is SportsInteraction.com, the website Roll Call noted. Set against that is my personal fave, TradeSports, which breaks the betting down a bit: Hillary has a 48% chance of becoming the Democratic nominee, and the Democrats have a 51% chance of winning the White House - ergo, she has 25% chance of becoming the next President. My humble calculator translates that to 3-1 odds.
Some of the other candidates also provoke wide disagreement - Gov. Richardson has a 3.4% chance of winning the Dem nomination - figure a 1.7% chance that he will be hearing "Hail to the Chief" on a regular basis, and that translates to roughly 50-1 - if the other site has him fourth at 13-1, they are smoking something (and we have a Bill Richardson story to back that up!).
Tradesports makes Biden the number two Dem with a 10% chance of becoming the nominee; Edwards is at 6.5% (which is about 30-1 for him to win the Presidency).
On the Republican side, Allen at 19% and McCain at 18% lead the pack [Allen leading? How about that?]; Frist is third at 13%, Giuliani is fourth at 10%, and Rice is fifth at 5% (all odds are for winning the Rep nomination).
What does it mean? Decision '08 is on this 24/7.