Odds of who'll be next president — sorry, Rendell, Christie

Jeb Bush (center) will lead the board of the Constitution Center. With him were Doug DeVos (left), of the center's executive committee, and former Gov. Ed Rendell. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)
Jeb Bush (center) will lead the board of the Constitution Center. With him were Doug DeVos (left), of the center's executive committee, and former Gov. Ed Rendell. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 26, 2013

If oddsmakers were infallible psychics, the next presidential election will pit Hillary Clinton against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie - and Clinton will win.

The Democrat's chances vary from 5-2 to 9-2 with 11 online bookmakers, while the nearest Republicans, in various rankings, rate no better than 6-1, according to www.oddschecker.com.

Her closest competitors for the Democratic nomination are New York Gov. Cuomo, Vice President Joe Biden, and Maryland Gov., followed by two female U.S. senators, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Ed Rendell's quite the longshot, ranked behind three dozen other Democrats and Republicans - including ex-Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

At least Rendell is given a better chance than November's loser, Mitt Romney; Saturday Night Live alum, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken; TV tycoon Donald Trump; and George Clooney.

But you never know.

All sorts of favorites - from senators Edmund Muskie and Howard Dean to businessman Herman Cain - faded fast after becoming front runners, while little-known governors Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton tilted at windmills and won the White House.

By the way, check out some quips about 2016's possible candidates by Edward McClelland of 5NBC in Chicago:

Clinton: "Oh, yeah, and the Spin Doctors are going to have another #1 album. The '90s are over."

Christie: "One hundred years after William Howard Taft left the White House in a wheelbarrow, America is ready for another fat president."

Biden: "At 73, Biden would be the oldest man ever elected president. He should be hitting on widows at senior center bingo."

Rubio: "I see your first black president, and raise you with the first Latino president. The best bet on the board."

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman: "Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy were the last two senators elected president. But they had personalities."

Romney: "Even Romney knows this bet would be a bad investment."

Santorum: "He's going to keep running, just to clean up his Google results."

Trump: "I don't even need to think of a joke. You already laughed."


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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