There are a lot of people who could become a cardinal, but there are not enough red hats to go around and only a fraction of them will be Americans. However, I think its safe to wager that after the next consistory Archbishop Burke will be Cardinal Burke.
Archbishop Dolan will become Cardinal Dolan.
Recognition of these salient facts would bode well for the selection of new cardinals from devout productive areas..
I wouldn't bet too much. There is a reason he was named "Archbishop Emeritus" when he was kicked upstairs to a position with no administrative responsibilities. And it's not just because I lived through 4 1/2 years of Burke, that I think this. The man made a mess of the Rome of the West and don't think that didn't reach the right ears. There's a lot about what went on behind the scenes that people don't know. And remember - he didn't excommunicate any politicians despite all the vitriol. Yeah, I have my doubts that he gets a red hat under BXVI. I hope His Holiness really takes his time and chooses wisely. Vigneron, Dolan, DiNardo, Gomez would be the best Americans.