An actor running for president? Who ever heard of such thing?
In the wake of his marriage to politically-minded Amal Alamuddin, a leading British betting firm has doubled the chances that George Clooney will be president in his lifetime.
Of course, she’s way to the left. She’s a British “human rights lawyer” who has represented Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, served as an advisor to former UN chief Kofi Annan on Syria and, according to Wikipedia, was “counsel to the 2013 Drone Inquiry by UN human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations.”
Legal British bookies smell something suspiciously political in the new marital alliance.
So now, instead of 200 to one odds on Clooney become president, the online gambling firm William Hill will give you 100 to one on your bet.
“This follows hints made by family members that Clooney and new bride Amal have political ambitions, following the couple’s Venice wedding,” according to a statement by the company.
Okay, 100:1 is not that high, but still, what would Reagan’s odds have been when he was a spokesman for General Electric in the 1950s?
Clooney’s odds of running in 2016 are a relatively decent 20:1. But William Hill thinks it’s too early, betting he’d crash and burn. He’s got only a 500:1 shot of actually winning.
As for the more serious contenders, Hillary is at 5:4 to become president – nearly a 50-50 chance she’s next! – Marco Rubio is at 10:1; Jeb Bush 12:1; Christ Christie 12:1; Rand Paul 16:1; Elizabeth Warren 16:1; Paul Ryan 20:1 and, weirdly, I thought, Mitt Romney is at 500:1.
Uhh, maybe two bucks on Mitt? But alas, you can only bet if you’re in Britain.
Is it illegal to use a straw man to gamble? I mean, it is gambling, after all.