Bye Bye 2006
For instance, we were assured by Al Gore and the goofs at the Weather Service that most of the Southern US would be wiped off the map by the 16 named storms, 10 of them Hurricanes, and 4 major ones hitting land. Instead, we got hit by squat. CNN had to take to dispatching reporters to heavy rain anywhere south of the Mason Dixon line in hopes a hurricane would appear from no where.
The elections weren't suspended as some folks on the far left thought they would be so Bush could keep control of congress. (Why would he have wanted to??). Instead, Nancy Pelosi won the job as Speaker of the House, and immediately put her figurative foot in her mouth with the backing of Murtha for Majority Leader and tossing of her own states rep as head of the Intel committee for an impeached judge. Good sound leadership, that's what we elected.
Habeus Corpus wasn't suspended, in fact the laws passed for detainees specifically stated citizens arrested as enemy combatants will retain all their rights as citizens.... Even if they hate their country and want to destroy it, isn't that special.
Karl Rove never did the frog march in cuffs to a federal pen. There are still liberal rivers at the flood stage, full of tears of disappointment that he didn't get busted.
Saddam Hussein died, Osam didn't, which is too bad. Seeing video of Saddam hanging only makes me long for another one of Bin Laden riddled with bullet holes and laid in a grave with a pig.
North Korea's nuclear ambitions proved to be bigger than their abilities, as they couldn't even get a Nagasaki sized explosion after years of work. Worse for them, Kim is now having hissy fits since the world cut off his XBox game supply and caviar.
Now, for 2007, what will happen? Let me look into my crystal ball and see what it says....
1. Congress will continue the tradition of the last 5 years, and do nothing of consequence. Democrats are so worried about winning the White House in 2008 that they won't actually try and do anything legislatively before then, so they can't fail.
2. Bin Laden still won't be caught. The left will claim it's because the GOP is holding off on it until Oct. 2008. The truth is he's slippery, and has a lot of friends on the Pakistan border willing to hide him.
3. Barack Obama will continue to be the media darling by talking a big game, and actually doing nothing in the Senate. In 4 years he's sponsored exactly one bill, that number won't go up much in the next year.
4. Hillary Clinton will announce she's running, and immediatly go to work on removing the halo of St. Obama.
5. Iraq will calm down considerably, as enough of it's people realize that fighting each other isn't going to get them very far. There will still be violence, and deaths, but at a level much lower than 2005 and 2006.
6. Dick Cheney will end up with a serious enough medical problem that he resigns as VP. Contrary to popular belief, Condi Rice won't be offered the job. Instead a Pennsylvania or Ohio republican from the House will get the nod, to help solidify those states for the 2008 elections.
7. The Democrats will find out what the GOP did in the late 199o's; constant hearings in congress don't do much to win you public approval. Sure it helps the approval numbers with the base, but that really doesn't do much for your long term gains.
8. Barry Bonds will join Pete Rose on the scrap heap of baseball history after he's indicted by the feds for perjury, and the number of steroids he did comes out. He may "break" Hank Aaron's HR record, but it won't be recorded.
9. The housing market will continue to move along at the Oct-November '06 pace. Not spectacular, but steady. There won't be any huge bubble burst nationwide, confounding those who think it has to happen.
10. I won't win the lottery and move to some tropical island.
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