Just about everyone loves to predict what’s going to happen. Why? Because they just know what’s going to happen, of course! I’m no exception to the rule, so here’s my list of predictions for the next fourteen months:
1 – A natural disaster will occur, and some conservative evangelical preacher will claim it’s because Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. (To be honest, I heard this one on the radio but I agree with it wholeheartedly)
2 – The Republicans will accuse Democrats of voter registration fraud (a misdemeanor) but will commit voter and/or election fraud (a felony). Democratic bloggers will call them out on it, but nothing will be done about it.
3 – The Tea Party will once again rear its head. Rallies of tens of Tea Partiers will garner more media coverage than rallies of thousands of anyone who might be protesting for something that Democrats support. And the conservatives will still continue to claim that the media has a liberal bias.
4 – There will be a big snowstorm somewhere in America this winter, and the global-warming deniers will come out in full force claiming that the snowstorm is proof that global warming is false, a conspiracy to protect the paychecks of climatologists.
5 – The Republican presidential nominee will be Mitt Romney, with either Ron Paul or John Huntsman as nominee for vice president in a bid to capture the moderate and independent voters. Note: I predicted (not online, just to myself) that McCain would choose Palin. It was a sure thing because he was a sailor and she was a pretty girl (to his eyes).
6 – The Democratic party will take a position that the GOP previously held, as they did with cap-and-trade, the individual mandate, and government subsidies for businesses other than Big Oil, and the GOP will immediately reject said position as socialist and condemn as a RINO any Republican politician who still supports that position.
7 – A Republican politician will claim (as this one did) that he can’t afford a tax hike because he only makes $200,000/year (or more) now. I can’t find the reference now, but this last spring a state GOP representative had made the same kind of claim, but his income was “only” about $174,000. Poor, poor Republicans!
8 – A GOP senator or representative will say that we should take military action against a nation with which we’re not at war; just as GOP Senator Lindsey Graham just did against nuclear-armed Pakistan.
9 – And if another crisis involving the military (as such are wont to do) presents itself, every single member of the GOP in Congress will either claim that Obama didn’t take strong enough action, or will claim that Obama was recklessly trying to get us into another war. Of course, this would be nothing different in the least from what the GOP said about Obama’s efforts to support the Libyan rebels. And in Obama’s defense, mission accomplished in Libya, with zero combat troops on the ground, except for 2 (two) who recently accompanied a State Department representative to begin relations with the victorious rebels.
10 – The GOP finally seems to be losing ground on the idiotic issue of the Obama birth certificate. On September 20th, a Winthrop poll found that:
Almost 30 percent of self-identified S.C. Republicans and Republican-leaning voters say Obama is a Muslim, and 36 percent say the president “probably” or “definitely” was born in another country.
But I’ll go out on a limb here and predict that in the two to three months before the election we’ll actually see the percentage of birth certificate deniers grow, rather than diminish, as common sense would usually dictate. Maybe the percentage will grow sooner; only time will tell.
11 – The Koch brothers will continue to claim that Obama’s a job killer who’s destroying America’s economy. Never mind that their personal fortune has increased some forty percent since Obama took office!
But there’s one that I could never have predicted: now that President Obama and the Democrats have largely stopped addressing gun control at all since a certain Supreme Court decision (I think it was last year), we know that this was all part of Obama’s evil scheme to take away our guns, according to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre:
“[The Obama campaign] will say gun owners — they’ll say they left them alone. In public, he’ll remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the Clinton [assault weapons] ban, he hasn’t pushed for new gun control laws…the president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment.
“But it’s a big fat stinking lie! It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”
Yes, this is from the same conservative mindset that says that Obama wasn’t born in America, global warming isn’t happening (or isn’t happening because of humans), Earth is only 6,000 years old, torture is okay if we do it, and we ain’t kin to no monkeys!
But in summary, I invite my fellow Blogcritics writers to include your own predictions through the next presidential election, and a few days after the election I’ll go through all the predictions and see how we all did!