Following the CNN/YouTube debate last Monday, the Clinton and Obama camps launched a spat about foreign diplomacy, generating plenty of media coverage. While their respective camps were going at each other, others piled in too, kicking up the dust.
In the prediction markets, Hillary Clinton strengthened her lead with a SMARTCROWD rating (trending up) of 46.3%. See chart, above. Barack Obama still trails Clinton with a rating of 33.31%, slightly lower than his early-July rating following his stellar fund raising performance. John Edwards' rating remains in single digits.
Surprisingly (or was it?), a lot of fuss was made about a Washington Post article that referred to Hillary's neckline, sending political commentators and the media wading into a "cleavage" debate, generating newsprint, TV and blog coverage around the world.
Elsewhere, according to CNN, Newt Gingrich today predicted that Barack Obama would be Hillary Clinton's running mate in '08. Its obviously too early to tell whether this is an insightful prediction, or simply adding political fuel to the fire, or both. But the angle, not surprisingly, is getting coverage 1, 2.
Meanwhile, on the GOP side, the Republican nominee race still remains open. According to the prediction markets, Rudy Giuliani leads with a SMARTCROWD rating of 32.52% (trending up), ahead of Fred Thompson at 29.37% (trending down) and Mitt Romney at 21.38% (trendiing up). John McCain again scores just 7.2%.
New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, continued to downplay suggestions that he will run, yet he still commands a probability rating of 33.4% (trending up) at FT Predict.
Interesting times, indeed.
From the crew at SMARTCROWD
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