99% and 80%
Those are the odds that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.
Or so says a report in the Newsweek magazine that will hit news stands tomorrow.
The report, by Jonathan Alter, quotes sources within each political camp.
The Clinton aide told Newsweek it probably won't be long before we start hearing about Obama's lack of experience in national politics.
"You may hear some Hillary people saying things like, 'Just a little while ago he was in Springfield worrying about license-tag fees'," says a Hillary person saying just that, though not willing to do so publicly. -- quoted in Newsweek
But the Obama folks will counter with just the opposite argument, that Obama has just the credentials the country should be looking for.
"Ater seven years of the 'we kick a--, go it alone' foreign-policy response to 9/11, the American voter will be ready to try a leader who projects better on the world stage," says Jeh Johnson, a corporate attorney and former general counsel of the Air Force under (Bill) Clinton. "Barack's multicultural heritage will represent that change."
OBAMA IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
As we mentioned yesterday, Obama is in New Hampshire this weekend, at a Democratic Party victory bash. The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the Illinois senator is talking a lot like a presidential candidate.