Another year has passed and you know what that means. A new year is upon us. In this space, 365 days ago, I made several predictions for 2018. I’m not going to bother to review them. Let’s just assume I got ’em all right. But this is a time to look forward, not back. So here are a few predictions – some important (sports), some not (politics). But I’ll cover it all. Here we go . . .
1. Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not retire in 2019. The 85-year-old jurist, who has recently suffered from cancer, a heart stent, and three broken ribs, will try to hang on until a Democrat is in the White House, so her replacement will share her liberal views.
2. Clarence Thomas, and possibly Samuel Alito, will announce surprise resignations from the High Court, in order to place their conservative seats in the hands of Trump appointees, who will be 20 years younger. Thomas (age 71) and Alito (age 69) could both serve for another ten years or more, but they will yield to pressure to step aside. At least one of them will.
3. The Democratic presidential field will start with enough candidates to fill a small stadium, but quickly fizzle to four: Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, and a player to be named later. (Biden will win the nomination, but that is 2020 fodder.)
4. Two Democratic candidates will fail early and surprisingly – Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker.
5. Hillary Clinton will not run for president. (Her hope is that no one will emerge from the huge field, and that the party will eventually turn to her as their Savior. This will not happen.)
6. Robert Mueller’s report will finally come out. It will not conclude there was Trump-Russian collusion, but will cite enough questionable activities by the president to raise the specter of impeachment among House Democrats.
7. The Democratic House will narrowly decide against impeaching the president, but the process will still keep Congress at a stalemate for much of the year.
8. The stock market will continue a wild ride, finishing flat for 2019.
9. President Trump will initiate a major withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
10. The Golden State Warriors will beat whoever the Eastern Conference props up to be swept in four games.
11. The New Orleans Saints will defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, with Saints quarterback Drew Brees earning his second Super Bowl MVP award.
12. The Houston Astros will defeat the Chicago Cubs for the World Series in seven games. Fox’s television coverage will be dominated by extensive shots of Kate Upton (wife of Astros’ pitcher Justin Verlander) in the stands with intermittent images of baseball mixed in.