I've decided to go out on a limb here and commit my prediction to my blog. And in a moment, I'll explain why I've done so.
First of all, my prediction. I predict that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will win the 2008 presidential election.
The reason I'm willing to make this prediction public is because of an article in today's New York Times: Clinton Says New York, but Money Hints at '08. In short, Clinton and her husband have been locking up major fundraisers all over the country, despite the fact that her re-election to the Senate this year is almost certain. She has raised more money than any other potential Democratic presidential candidate this far. People may recall that there was a lot of buzz about different Republican candidates in the 2000 race, but the one who ended up winning his party's nomination was the one who had raised more money, and more early money, than anyone else: George W. Bush.
From what I can see, Clinton now has the same edge that Bush had in 2000. And although many people who have told me over and over that there is no way she can generate broad mainstream appeal among the electorate, I respectfully disagree.
Hillary Clinton will be elected president in 2008.
Disclaimer: Please note that all I am doing is making a prediction. I am not endorsing Clinton for president, nor am I commenting on whether or not I think she would be a good choice for the office.