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The Democratic Frontrunner

If history is any guide, Hillary Clinton could be headed for a fall in 2008.

12:00 AM, Oct 26, 2005 • By CRAIG SHIRLEY
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A moderate, Democratic governor of "Red State" Virginia, who can boast an impressive 70 percent approval rating in this state which has two Republican Senators, a GOP majority in its Congressional delegation, and GOP control of its state legislature. Warner is also personally wealthy, an excellent campaigner, and most importantly, will be unemployed after January 2006, giving him two years to campaign for president. He could also benefit from conservative angst over McCain (should the Arizona senator be the Republican nominee), as it is quite possible conservatives would find a right-of-center third party candidate to run for president, if only to stop McCain from gaining the White House.

So it's too soon for Republicans--and liberals--to be clinking Perrier glasses in the smoke free rooms of their K Street lobbying firms and DuPont Circle interest groups. Hillary Clinton hasn't won the nomination yet.

Craig Shirley is the president of Shirley and Banister Public Affairs and is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Reagan's Revolution; The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started it All about the 1976 campaign. He is now writing a book about Reagan's 1980 campaign.