Skip to comments.Predicting the Biggest Stories of 2013, Part 2
Posted on 12/29/2012 10:46:11 AM PST by Kaslin
Each December I gaze into my crystal ball and predict what I believe will be the top 10 stories of the coming year. I almost never get these right but theyre fun to speculate about nevertheless. A year from now well take a look back and see how well I did, unless I didnt do well at all. In that case we will pretend this never happened for the sake of preserving my fragile self esteem. In case you missed part one, make sure to check out last weeks column for numbers 10 through six.
5. Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl
Look for the Packers to get healthy and hot down the stretch, and carry that momentum into the postseasonjust as they did when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl two years ago. This time the Packers will beat the Denver Broncos, 28-24, in a dream matchup of future Hall of Famer quarterbacks featuring Aaron Rodgers versus Peyton Manning.
4. Israel Finally Strikes Iran
Its been rumored and expected for years since the world first became aware of Irans desire to join the list of nuclear-armed nations. With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party poised to win big in Januarys Israeli elections, and no friend to Israel Barack Obama back in the White House, Netanyahu will finally have the political clout and sense of urgency to preemptively strike the terrorist regime by years end. What happens next is anybodys guess.
3. Rand Paul Goes Mainstream
In contrast to likely 2016 GOP presidential rivals Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan polishing their establishment credentials (see last weeks piece for more), I predict the Kentucky Senator will spend the year building his street cred within the mainstream of the conservative movement. He already endorsed Mitt Romney for president after he secured the nomination when his father did not, and Rand will lead off the New Year by going to Israel with influential evangelical activist and organizer David Lane. Remember that one of the largest obstacles in the way of his father extending his coalition of young conservatives and libertarians into conventional social conservatives was his foreign policy views. While others run and hide from the social issues, look for Rand to continue to be one of the most outspoken personhood voices in Washington, D.C. as well. With an eye towards 2016, Rand will continue building relationships within the conservative movement his father never bothered to while maintaining much of his fathers domestic agenda.
2. U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8
There are a lot of nervous values voters and Christian organizations concerned about the news the U.S. Supreme Court is going to take on the challenge to Proposition 8, which defended marriage in California (theres only one kind of marriage, so I dont call anything else but marriage marriage). Even some anti-marriage Republicans like former Bush Solicitor General Theodore Olsen have been trying to engineer a Roe v. Wade for marriage for years now.
Considering the makeup of the court, where there are really only three judges on the court who actually have respect for the original intent of the Constitution when considering their opinions, they have good reason to be. However, after knee-capping the Constitution in last summers Arizona immigration and Obamacare rulings, I predict the politically-motivated Chief Justice John Roberts will engineer an outcome in this case to avoid a potential Constitutional crisis. For the Supreme Court to assume it has the authority to nullify a duly enacted law from the United States Congress (signed by President Clinton) and enshrined in 31 state constitutions would be an unprecedented abuse of power and arrogance, even by the contemporary courts standard.
Several of those states would challenge that breathtaking over-reach immediately either in court or their own legislatures, because if the court can tell a majority of the states it cant determine its own policy on this matter than essentially any attempt at state sovereignty on any issue is null and void from the outset (Second Amendment, anyone?). It would also touch off a movement to protect religious freedom in each of those states as well (and thus another Constitutional fight).
Thats why when its all said and done I suspect the majority will write an opinion very sympathetic to homosexuality in general perhaps even urging for federal legislation like ENDA to be passed but in favor of upholding Prop 8 nonetheless. Look for the court to say such emotional issues should be decided by the political process so the peoples voice can be heard and not imposed outside of it by judges, similar to what a federal court in Hawaii recently said. I also predict it will be none other than Roberts himself, who will author that majority opinion.
1. John Boehner will be ousted as House Speaker
I dont think theres enough courage within the Republican caucus to find 16 members willing to vote present in January, thus denying Boehner the Speakers gavel right away. But by the end of the year the frustration with his lackluster leadership will be overwhelming, and Republicans concerned about another 2014 bloody primary season, similar to 2010 and 2012, will respond to the demands of conservative leaders who have grown tired of being sold out by the GOP.
Impeachment? What are you smoking?
Who is going to even draw up a bill of impeachment?
Who is going to present it on the House floor?
Who is going to prosecute any impeachment?
How do you get the Senate to even accept any impeachment?
Impeachment? Shirley you jest.
Any of the Republicans?
Don’t make me laugh.
Could be wishful thinking. I thin VP and supreme court can be impeached. Lots of things can happen.
Oh, by the way, I am not Shirley, just hopeful..
Israel will not strike Iran because regardless of whatever lip service Obama gives to his support of Israel he will NOT back up a military strike against Iran and Israel will not do it without the US.
boehner will keep his speakership
I believe the SCOTUS will find DOMA unconstitutional
INFLATION, High Taxes, More Unemployment, More folks leaving California (bringing their Socialism with them)
My mother was a Medium and so such things are normal for me—so I will put on the swami’s turban and try my hand at looking into the top stories of 2013.
1. Heart attack and death of Bill Clinton.
2. Terrorists will blow up the downtown of Houston Texas using explosives smuggled in from Mexico.
3. New scandal will hit Michele Obama—white house money gone missing.
4. New rise of the Tea Party but morphed into a more radical and less nice movement.
5. a New War between Japan and China—only six weeks —with the USA neutral.
6. Revolution in France with cars burning in Paris. Government forced out.
7. EU will dissolve—as Uk and Italy leave.
8. New Royal Birth will be a girl.
9. Harry Reid will be forced out for reasons of health.
10. President Obama will be the focus of assassination attempts by Islamic groups for the death of Ben Laden.
My mom was a small. ;’)
These look interesting. In the case of #10, I hope they shoot straight, and carry it out on foreign soil.
#1 will help Hillary get the sympathy vote. maybe she’ll Vince “Fosterize” Bill
He kinda' jests.
But, don't call him Shirley. (from AIRPLANE!)
HILLARY CLINTON DIES DURING SURGERY FOR BRAIN TUMOR
I promise I will not shed a tear
I think Mr. Hand could handle all that.
I’ll make a prediction about 2014. Vice President Biden will resign. The new VP will be viewed as the heir apparent for the 2016 election. The new VP will be someone almost as liberal as 0bama but with deep pockets — with the obvious possibility that the Vice Presidency went up for sale just like 0bama’s former senator seat. Maybe someone like Nancy Pelosi, maybe Feinstein or Babs Boxer.
You may be right, but it’s more likely that he’d appoint Moochelle. Thanks Kevmo.