Obligatory predictions

The last time I did this, I didn’t do so well, and I have no reason to think my crystal ball is any less murky after two years in the closet, but what the hell. That last time, I confined myself to things which seemed at least somewhat probable. This time around, not so much. And if these things don’t happen, you didn’t hear about them from me.

  • The Bush administration will get one last crack at the Supreme Court, and will botch the nomination.
  • The Cuban embargo will be ended, whether or not Fidel Castro survives the year.
  • Senator Clinton will remain Senator Clinton.
  • The Republicans will lose five Senate seats and seven House seats.
  • Condoleezza Rice will resign as Secretary of State by midyear.
  • The Supreme Court will rule that yes, you do have the right to bear arms, even in the District of Columbia.
  • The weather nationwide will be largely uneventful, which will be blamed on global warming.
  • In Oklahoma, the Democrats will gain one Senate seat and break the 24-24 deadlock, though the House will remain in the hands of the GOP.
  • In the hope of turning out Jim Inhofe, state Democrats will launch a “Draft Brad Henry” campaign. The Guv, smiling, will decline.
  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will launch his independent Presidential bid with a Super Bowl ad.
  • The SuperSonics will open the 2008-09 season in Seattle’s KeyArena.
  • Katie Couric will ask to be let out of her CBS contract after the November elections.
  • KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City will begin phasing out all its 4-related imaging.
  • Another delay will be announced in the Crosstown Expressway project, and the projected cost will rise to $1.2 billion.
  • The announcement will come less than one week before the city holds a sales-tax election to finance improvements to the Ford Center.
  • Kansas and Oklahoma will discuss making their automated toll-road systems compatible with one another, but will reach no agreement.
  • A group of interrelated spam blogs will be blocked by Technorati and frozen out of Google AdSense, and the spammer will sue, citing the First Amendment and charging restraint of trade.
  • N. Z. Bear, pressed for time, will offer to sell the TTLB Ecosystem.

Conversely, if by some fluke I called more than one of these right — well, we’ll worry about that later.


  1. McGehee »

    1 January 2008 · 9:32 pm

    I think your predictions re: Bush and SCOTUS; the weather; and the Sonics — are good ones.

    As far as Her Inevitableness goes, I also agree with you on that one — but it could just be wishful thinking on my part.

  2. CGHill »

    2 January 2008 · 7:51 am

    Bloomberg’s already offered a denial, of course.

  3. McGehee »

    2 January 2008 · 10:49 am

    He must have found out I’ve been waiting for him.

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