Crystal Ball 2011

by John J. Miller on January 1, 2011 · 0 comments

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My predictions for 2011, from NRO:

Sarah Palin will announce that she won’t run for president.

Large numbers of American troops will remain in Afghanistan.

Fidel Castro will die.

The New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl, the Detroit Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Lakers will repeat as NBA champs, and the Philadelphia Phillies will take their second World Series title in four years.

For those keeping score at home, here were my predictions for 2010:

Republicans will gain four or five Senate seats — most likely in Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Marco Rubio will defeat Charlie Crist in the Florida GOP primary and go on to a general-election victory. By the end of the year, polls will suggest that several Republican presidential candidates can defeat Barack Obama in 2012.

The newspaper industry will continue its slow decline, with at least two major American dailies — on par with the late Rocky Mountain News – ceasing to publish. Journalists employed by non-profit institutions and funded by philanthropic dollars will play an important role in the 2010 elections. A reporter not affiliated with the mainstream media will break a new climate-change data scandal.

Fidel Castro will die.

The New Orleans Saints will win the Super Bowl, the Washington Capitals will win the Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Lakers will repeat as NBA champs, and the Philadelphia Phillies will take their second World Series title in three years.

I was so-so on the politics (close on the Senate numbers but not the states), so-so on the journalism (the Honolulu Advertiser shut down), wrong on Castro (but I’ll be right one of these years!), and halfway respectable on the sports.

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