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Bill Richardson's Presidential Chops

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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MAKING A POINT? The other Gov. Bill

In his quest for president, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson scored some important victories this week, thanks in part to murderous dictator and "Foxy Boxing" enthusiast Kim Jong Il.

The dictator who sipped single-malt scotch and assembled scantily clad female "pleasure teams" while millions of his people starved to death has agreed to turn over to Richardson the remains of six U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War. What's more, the North Koreans have indicated to Richardson a willingness to make concessions in the tense, ongoing negotiations with the U.S. and other nations regarding their rogue nuclear program.

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In the past, Richardson has helped broker deals with Cuba and Iraq and has recently been involved with efforts to achieve piece in Sudan. This North Korean boon will surely spark a surge of support, but can his campaign handle the heat?

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