My Fearless Predictions for 2010 by Gregory Hilton

My various predictions are listed below. I deserve credit in 2009 for being among the first to forecast the GOP triumphs in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial contests. My prediction of bipartisan compromises on health care, global warming and the deficit were all wrong.
A year ago I did not foresee Obama’s 34% drop among Independents, nor the complete collapse of the global warming consensus.
My prediction that Obama would listen to Vice President Biden on Afghan and national security policy was also wrong. I am optimistic as the 2010 campaign year begins, but I also know that two years ago practically no one was predicting a 2008 Obama landslide.
* Deficit reduction will be a major theme of President Obama’s State of the Union address. He will break his promise about not raising taxes on those making less than $200,000. He will surprise the nation with a call for a VAT or national sales tax to reduce the deficit.
* The health care reform bill without the public option will be signed on February 2nd, and the President will present the pen he uses to sign the bill to Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator.
* Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire for health reasons, and there will be considerable pressure on the President to name another woman. He will not pick Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), but will receive solid GOP support with his selection of Janice Rogers Brown from the DC Court of Appeals.
* Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) will die.
* Democrats will continue to control Congress, but the GOP will win the old Senate seats of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, as well as Al Gore’s former House seat.
* Majority Leader Harry Reid will be defeated after spending $26 million.
* Republicans will win in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, which will portend a 2012 electoral lock. The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee will come from one of these states.
* In December of 2010, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) will have a 6 point lead over Obama.
* The GOP stars in the 2010 class will be new Senators Rob Portman (OH) and Kelly Ayotte (NH).
* Cap-and-trade and union card check will be defeated, and the Patriot Act and FISA will remain intact. Guantanamo Bay will still be open. There will be no action on immigration.
* The Federal Reserve will increase interest rates two times. GDP growth for 2010 will be 2.2%.
* David Cameron will be the next UK Prime Minister but the Tory majority will not be impressive.
* A terrorist attack on Japan’s bullet train will be foiled by America’s Patriot Act.
* The Jay Leno Show will be canceled, but he will move to ABC to compete with The Tonight Show in the 11:30 pm time slot.
* Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon will both receive engagement rings.
* Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jessica Simpson will all have second marriages.
* Mariah Carey will be pregnant.
* The surprise upset in the Academy Awards will be Emily Blunt’s win for Best Actress for her role in “The Young Victoria.”
* Anderson Cooper will admit he is a homosexual.
* The New York Yankees will win the World Series. Prince Fielder will hit 53 home runs and win the MVP.
* The Green Bay Packers will be the Super Bowl champions.
* The Washington Capitals will win the Stanley Cup.
* The Los Angeles Lakers will be the NBA champs.
* An African team will reach the World Cup finals.
* Tiger Woods will play in the Masters, but he will not do any media interviews during 2010.
* Tareq and Michaele Salahi will be the stars of the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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