As is tradition here, some fearless predictions about the new year.
Four present trends will continue:
Obamacare will keep finding ways to stink up the joint.
Republicans will pick up Senate seats, but not enough to take the Senate.
The pope will learn nothing about economics or liberty.
Bill Bratton will keep the lid on crime in NYC.
One new wrinkle:
The Chicoms will tire of Kim Jong Un and find some replacement.
— Richard Brookhiser is senior editor of National Review and author, most recently, of a book on James Madison.
Iran will continue to pursue a nuclear bomb, even as John Kerry declares unbridled success.
The de facto tactical alliance between Israel and the Saudis will become more apparent.
The (American) liberal love affair with the new pope will surge for a while as he continues to talk about economics but by year’s end will fade as it becomes ever more clear that his remarks about social issues were not in fact an opening talking point for negotiating away Church dogma.
Obamacare will not be repealed, but it will be delivered several grievous blows by the courts, and many Senate Democrats will continue to defect in an effort to save their own skins.
Homeland’s writers will find a way to reveal that Brody is still alive.
Mitch McConnell will be reelected.
Paul Ryan will officially rule out running for president in 2016.
Obama’s personal popularity will rebound somewhat as the White House launches a campaign of personal rehabilitation unconnected to meaningful public policy.
David Gregory will be eased out as the host of Meet the Press, but the show will probably become even worse as Today showification (to use a technical term) of NBC News continues apace.
Wed to the logic of sexual liberation, feminists will increasingly support polygamy, ironically erasing a millennia-old feminist advance.
I will finally come up with an idea for a new book.
I will get a new dog. He or she will be awesome.
I will finally persuade Kathryn Lopez to let me off the hook of ever again providing predictions.
— Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review and author of The Tyranny of Cliches.