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Some thoughts about the election

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Business Times - 11 Oct 2007
Towards the Clinton restoration?
It's no longer a question of if Hillary will become president but who will make up her cabinet

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

THE first US presidential primaries will take place in three months and the American voters will cast their votes for their next president on Nov 8 next year.

But when it comes to Washington's political movers and shakers - the lawmakers, the bureaucrats, the lobbyists, the pollsters, the campaign managers, the reporters, the pundits - it seems that the choice has already been made.

Indeed, it's very difficult to find anyone in the US capital who would challenge what has become the conventional wisdom of the political class: the next president of the United States will be the Democratic senator from New York and the ex-first lady.

Drop into one of the cocktail parties or diplomatic receptions in this city and you won't be surprised to find out that those who belong to the Inside…