Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Closing out the year’s predictions


The problem with doing fifty predictions at the beginning of the year is checking them at the end of the year. Of course, I could be like every other pundit that makes predictions and then ignores them. That’s just not my style. Besides, it’s fun for me, too, to see just how badly I did. As always, some of the predictions were made tongue-in-cheek. You decide which ones they were. My update on each prediction is in italics.

  1. Paul Soglin will be elected Mayor of Madison. It was his turn. Again.
  2. Jeff Stone will be elected Milwaukee County Executive. If you ask some county workers, they’re not sure he didn’t. let me know when Abele sells the airport.
  3. Dane County Board Chairman Scott McDonell will be elected as the next Dane County Executive. I think Kathleen Falk won, right?
  4. Rumors will start of a possible senate candidacy in 2012 for Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, even if I have to start them. Forgot to put that on my “to do” list.
  5. Former Governor Jim Doyle will not be offered a job by the Obama Administration. They filled their quota of Chicago-style politicians.
  6. Senator Herb Kohl will announce for re-election, disappointing progressives. Next thing you know, Dave Obey will come out of retirement.
  7. David Obey will become a lobbyist. Let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all go to the lobby. Let’s all go to the lobby and buy ourselves a treat.
  8. Russ Feingold will complain Senator Herb Kohl’s State Fair Milk Stand is a violation of campaign finance laws. I think it’s in Feingold’s book.
  9. Reince Priebus will be elected as the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. Okay, I had inside information. Somebody named “Reince” told me he would win.
  10. At least one member of the state legislature will be in a serious drunk driving accident causing injury or death. Does former State Senator Randy Hopper murdering any chance of a political comeback count?
  11. Waukesha’s Great Lakes water application will be approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Still waiting.
  12. Herman Cain will win the 2011 CPAC straw poll for president. Maybe Cain should have spent more time playing World of Warcraft.
  13. Enrollment caps will be lifted on the Milwaukee school choice plan and on virtual schools. Parents and students win.
  14. The movie version of Atlas Shrugged will bomb at the box office. I think the point of The Fountainhead was that popularity is overrated.
  15. President Barack Obama will agree to lift the moratorium on drilling in ANWR. Can’t even get him to build a pipeline to Canada.
  16. Christine O’Donnell will be indicted for misuse of election funds. Turns out it was a witch hunt.
  17. The population at Guantanamo Bay prison (Club Gitmo) will go up. No, the administration prefers to kill them in the field. However, Club Gitmo does not look like it’s closing soon.
  18. Megan McCain will say something so stupid that she will be given her own program on MSNBC. Stupid is as stupid does on stupid television.
  19. Thin will be “out.” I’m always in style.
  20. Hillary Clinton will not resign.  Lawyers for Bill Clinton will argue that the 22nd Amendment only applies to consecutive terms, and that he is eligible to run for president again. For the former president, life’s a beach. With bikinis.
  21. Deprived of his congressional seat by redistricting, Dennis Kucinich will announce a challenge to Obama in the Democratic primaries. What’s the matter with Ohio?Kucinich is going to fight it out.
  22. Hawaii will make a profit selling Barack Obama’s birth certificate. No, but Obama will sell you the coffee mug.
  23. Ann Coulter will join the “No Labels” movement. She endorsed Mitt Romney, calling him the most conservative candidate in the race. Tell me what labels mean.
  24. A Democratic blogger, a prominent Democratic activist, or a Democratic politician, will publicly call for the assassination of Governor Scott Walker. It’s about the only thing left for Graeme Zielinski to say, isn’t it? The threats against the governor have been limited to other sources so far.
  25. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will stop saying no to running for president. I don’t believe he’s been asked lately.
  26. Sarah Palin will not run for president.  However, the “Will she or won’t she?” game will be more annoying than Brett Favre deciding whether to retire. Chalk one up to common sense and good polling.
  27. There will be a violent incident between US National Guard troops and Mexican army troops along the Mexico border after the local Mexican army decides to protect a group of drug and people smugglers. Not yet, but Eric Holder has a lot to answer for.
  28. Governor Scott Walker and the legislature will not raid the transportation fund. I believe the new motto of the state DOT is “carpet with tar pit.”
  29. I’m going to join the crowd and predict a Republican sweep of the elections for governor in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi. Democrats won the Kentucky Derby.
  30. The Atlantic will finally fire Andrew Sullivan. He left for the Daily Beast where he is telling readers to support Ron Paul for the GOP nomination and linking to the John Birch Society.
  31. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will appear on a milk carton. Shhh. He’s running for mayor.
  32. One Wisconsin Now’s Scot Ross will switch from poop jokes to urine jokes. I’ve lost track.
  33. Justice David Prosser will easily win re-election. Someday we’ll look back on this and wince. Still, a win’s a win.
  34. A female celebrity at a major awards show will wear a dress that completely exposes her breasts. I’ll have to ask my readers if this happened. Hacking Scarlett Johansson’s cell phone doesn’t count.
  35. Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima will stop donating to the New Day for Waukesha Fund.  Heh. Nobody knows for sure, but he claims the contributions continue. It’s super-duper secret stuff.
  36. Mike Tate will win re-election as Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairman. I can explain this but I can’t explain Graeme Zielinski. Nor can the Democrats I’ve asked. Sorry.
  37. Former Governor Jim Doyle will join a personal injury law firm. He’s cashing in at Foley and Lardner.
  38. Wisconsin’s smoking ban will not be repealed. In other news, bars serve alcohol.
  39. There will be a terrorist attack on a major sporting event. No, thank heavens.
  40. The Milwaukee Brewers will finish second in their division with a record of 85-77. They finished 96-66 in first place and gave it a run.
  41. A television reality star will commit suicide after an embarrassing television moment. I knew about Russell Armstrong. Just surprised he was not the first attempted suicide.
  42. KISS will be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No KISS, no Rush.
  43. Rush Limbaugh will have his best ratings year ever. I believe radio is down overall, but I have no idea on Limbaugh’s audience size. I just know it’s still huge.
  44. Keith Olbermann will call President Barack Obama the “Worst Person in the World.”
  45. An amendment to the state constitution to eliminate the position of state treasurer will pass for the first time in the legislature, putting it halfway to being sent to the voters for approval. No amendment yet.
  46. More communities in Waukesha County will contract with the sheriff’s department for police protection, eager for the savings achieved in Pewaukee and Lisbon.  Other counties will begin to seriously look at the success of the program in Waukesha. I’ve probably missed one but give it some time and everybody but Milwaukee will be doing it.
  47. The biggest obstacle for Scott Walker will not be the Democrats, but liberal Republicans in the State Senate. Not yet, but Dale Schultz is now the swing vote.
  48. The Nickelodeon Channel will decide they can make even more money by having SpongeBob breed through mitosis. I understand Ron Paul is seeking the SpongeBob endorsement.
  49. President Obama will finally find a member of congress that he can demonize – Senator Harry Reid. Still to come…
  50. There will be a vacancy on the US Supreme Court this year. Everybody hold tight until 2012 is over.


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