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December 30, 2008
A Look Ahead: 15
Predictions for 2009
It was quite a year in 2008 – America elected a black man president,
Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers ceased to exist, the New England
Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Amy Winehouse stayed alive. Who saw any
of that coming?
Here, I offer some predictions as to what we'll see in the next 12
months. Take these with a grain of salt, of course. Last year, I
predicted that, among other things, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney
would win their respective presidential nominations, that OLED
televisions would catch on in a big way and that Donovan McNabb would be
traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
Here are 15 predictions for the year to come:
1) In his first year as president, Barack Obama will disappoint the left
much more than the right. The wacko conspiracy theories about him from
the right, however, will not dissipate.
2) Obama's economic stimulus package, at least most of it, will pass
early in the year, although the new president will fail to pass
universal health care.
3) Signs of economic recovery begin to show by the late fall, albeit
4) Iraq remains an enigma – and as 2009 ends, U.S. troops remain there.
5) By January 25, no one will even remember that Rick Warren appeared at
6) In February, the Minnesota Senate recount is finally resolved in Norm
Coleman's favor. The resolution of the Illinois Senate seat takes even
longer than that.
7) The next senator from New York is someone other than Caroline
8) While Benjamin Netanyahu will be upset in his bid to regain Israeli's
prime ministership by the Kadima Party's Tzipi Livni, no appreciable
progress will be made in regard to Israeli-Palestinian peace.
9) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wins the Best Picture
Oscar, beating out Doubt, Milk and Slumdog Millionaire.
10) In a Manning vs. Manning Super Bowl that tests the patience of every
NFL fan, the Indianapolis Colts will defeat the New York Giants in Tampa
on Feb. 1.
11) A prominent professional athlete will be outed as gay, leading to
the biggest athletic controversy of the year.
12) Florida will defeat Oklahoma to win the college football national
championship – and despite interventions by the new president, the sport
will move no closer to a playoff system.
13) The "Netbook" mini-laptop is the hot tech product for 2009.
Flat-panel TVs continue to get larger, thinner and cheaper.
14) By year's end, it becomes clear that the Blu-ray Disc format has not
caught on and has fallen behind direct downloads as the movie-delivery
method of the future.
15) And against all odds, Fox News's Hannity program will face
little-to-no ratings backlash due to the departure of Alan Colmes.
Hopefully, I get at least half of these right. Happy New Year.
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