How can it be? It’s almost New Years Day and the sages have not yet posted their predictions for 2014. Perhaps it is because we have a prediction rate lower than Stephen Drew’s post-season batting average. Perhaps it is because the open constitutional offices make the necessary forecasts rather difficult.
In the immortal words of John Blutarsky: “Hey! What’s all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?” This BMG tradition is far from over. “Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough, the tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!”
- Juliette Kayyem achieves 15% at the state convention and qualifies for the ballot based on the calculation that two female candidates would make it easier for Steve Grossman to win the primary. In a remarkably low turnout, Martha Coakley wins the three-way primary with 45% of the vote.
- The charter school and privatization forces dump a ton of money in the treasurer’s race, but the benefactor of the bucks, Barry Finegold, places third in the primary.
- Last week, Michael Dukakis endorsed Mike Lake for Lieutenant Governor. Did anyone notice? The timing couldn’t have been worse, but it’s enough to build up enough momentum among progressives to win the primary.
- Warren Tolman reprises his 1998 “I’m a Tolman” song and wins the AG endorsement at the state convention.
- The plethora of contested ballots and traditional (archaic) methods of counting delegates results in a record-setting Democratic state convention that lasts beyond a June sunset.
- Karyn Polito, and tea party primary opponent Mark Fisher, spend the primary season in a medley of appeals to the conservative base. It sets a tone that damages Charlie Baker with moderate voters, and Scott Lively pulls enough social conservatives away to doom the GOP’s chance of winning statewide. Ed Markey features the rhetoric of Ted Cruz in his campaign, tops the ticket, and gets 150,000 more votes than Martha Coakley.
- Marty Walsh gets married in 2014.
- This will be the last year in a leadership role for Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray.
- Dismal performance by MA GOP leads to serious movement toward a “top two” primary system.
The other 49:
- Joseph G. Mills, Jr. wins re-election to the Rye (NH) Board of Selectmen, defeating Scott P. Brown by 48 votes.
- John Boehner becomes more assertive as House speaker, a move that fuels Tea Party primaries. Net result: not much change in the numbers, but the GOP legislators become even more strident.
- The Utah case finds its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the tightly written decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby becomes the foundation for overturning state bans on same-sex marriage. Utah becomes a same sex marriage tourist destination.
- Secession bills emerge in two state legislatures.
- Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson wins public office in Louisiana.
- Chris Christie starts to wilt under media scrutiny, who responds by limiting unscripted encounters with the media.
- GOP loses governor’s seats in FL, ME, MI, and PA.
- There will be dramatic breakthroughs in relations with Iran and Cuba, and unrestricted U.S. tourism to Cuba will resume.
- There will be further instability in the political leadership of North Korea, reducing their ability to assert their presence on the world stage.
- Television coverage of the Sochi olympics is corporate bland, and the world gets a pleasant view of the venue.
- Kerry makes significant progress in Middle East peace talks. Efforts are downplayed by the media.
Sports & Entertainment:
- The Red Sox will make the playoffs but won’t win a second consecutive championship. The Yankees fail to make the playoffs for a second consecutive year. Cardinals win the World Series. Cubs have their first winning season under Theo’s leadership.
- Penguins-Blackhawks play for the cup, which goes to Pittsburgh. Portland continues their dream season and wins the NBA championship. Seahawks win a snowy New Jersey Super Bowl, and Denver is flat after its bye week and is eliminated from the playoffs after just one game.
- Lady Gaga tires of the act, and Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta fulfills her childhood dream by playing the lead role of a revival on Broadway.
- David Gregory dumped from Meet The Press.
- Major earthquake rocks Missouri.
- NFL team announces move to Los Angeles.
- Amtrak plans major expansion of NY-Boston service.
- Litigation in Detroit bankruptcy results in shift of liability to state government.
- A cat will take up residence in the White House. GOP will respond with anti-feline rhetoric.