Well, it seems that no matter how low Katie Couric’s ratings go, she’s going to hang on indefinitely at CBS. I’m going to have to give up on that forecast. Maybe she’ll just go away. I saw that Katie did win an award from Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center—the “Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews”. Couric received this distinguished award for making the following comment in one of her “hardball” interviews with President Obama: “You’re so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, ‘Damn, this is hard. Damn, I’m not going to get the things done I want to get done, and it’s just too politicized to really get accomplished the big things I want to accomplish?’”
Some things never change. So how did I do with the rest of my 2009 predictions?
- Fairness Doctrine. I was right, the Fairness Doctrine was not re-imposed by Congress. I suggested a back door approach and that’s the approach the Obama Administration is taking.
- Iraq. Right again. Obama has not pulled all our troops out of Iraq.
- Osama Bin Laden. On target. His current status will remain the same in 2009.
- New York Yankees. Yes, they made it to the World Series in 2009 and they won.
- Washington Redskins. Wrong, they did not make it to the NFL playoffs.
- Chicago Cubs. Too easy. They did not, as I predicted, make it into the MLB playoffs in 2009.
- Katie Couric. Gone, gone, gone! Wrong, wrong, wrong!
- Cuba. The US will recognize Cuba. No, not yet, but they are inching that way.
- Economy. Yes, the media continues to say encouraging things about Obama policies and stokes the fires for an economic resurgence, but the economy has stalled. However, roaring “Jimmy Carter” type inflation has not YET returned. I’ll take ¾ of a point.
- Spiritual Resurgence. There will be signs of a spiritual resurgence with a positive impact on serious moral problems that confront our nation. The book, “God is Back” does indicate a worldwide spiritual resurgence, but I do not yet see any clear signs of a positive impact on the serious moral problems that confront our nation. I’ll take just ¼ of a point.
So, here are my predictions for 2010.
- Republican Resurgence. The GOP not only gains seats in both sides of the US Congress, but amazingly takes control of the US House of Representatives. This is a clear repudiation of the far left policies of the current administration and the Democratic leadership in general.
- Chicago Cubs. Once again they do not make it to the playoffs.
- Tiger Woods. Takes the entire year off, but keeps his marriage together.
- Janet Napapolitano. Gone as the Director of Homeland Security.
- Domestic Terrorist Attacks. A marked increase.
- Obamagate. The Obama administration is rocked by a huge scandal that includes at least one of his top aides.
- Climategate. In spite of the best efforts of the media to kill this story, it continues to grow and expand to include top officials at NASA.
- The Economy. It continues to struggle with high unemployment and as inflation ramps up dramatically toward the end of the year.
- Supreme Court. The Court rules in favor of Citizens United and against the FEC in a precedent setting case that changes the political landscape by allowing individuals and corporations to both donate to candidates for federal office.
- Obamacare. Sadly, it passes in a seemingly toothless form, but sets the stage of one-payer socialized medicine.