The unseasonable warmth may be about to make an exit from Massachusetts, and the French Toast Alert is crawling out of its summer hibernation for the first time this season. It must be time for the beloved BMG prognosticators to dust off their crystal balls and make predictions for the new year.
If you are playing, name the tickets and the electoral vote total for the winner.
- Bernie gives her a good run through Iowa and New Hampshire, but Hillary dominates the rest of the way and wins the Democratic nomination. She chooses Sen. Sherrod Brown as her running mate.
- After a strong win in Iowa, enough of the GOP establishment lines up behind Ted Cruz with hope of stopping Donald Trump. Trump has 40% of the delegates going into the convention, but Cruz comes through with a strong enough second to assemble a majority on the third ballot. In an attempt to broaden the ticket’s appeal, Cruz names Nikki Haley as his running mate.
- Hillary wins the presidency with 329 electoral votes.
- Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, and Mark Kirk lose their senate seats in the general election, while John McCain loses the GOP primary. Senate goes 51D-49R, which is thrown into a tie with the resignation of Vice President Brown.
- Democrats gain 20 house seats, and with only 228 seats Speaker Paul Ryan will be challenged with the prospect of dealing with Democrats or seeking permission of the hard right on every vote.
- Launching into a chorus of “Whatever It is, I’m Against It,”voters reject all the 2016 ballot questions.
- Charlie Baker‘s carefully-honed “Mr. Fix-It” image crashes and burns when it runs into the MBTA.
- A pair of MA house Democrats loyal to the Speaker suffer from unexpected primary losses, causing a minor rumbling in the leadership.
- Bill Weld and Michael Dukakis gain some steam for the North-Sough Rail Link, as the cost of the South Station Expansion looks even more costly and impractical.
- Work begins to gather support for ballot initiatives for a “Top Two” or “Jungle” primary system and an independent redistricting commission.
- A member of the MA congressional delegation emerges as the likely candidate to oppose Charlie Baker in 2018.
- The Plainridge Park Casino will close.
- In a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” there is a noticeable thaw in US-Iranian relations as an international coalition builds to defeat ISIS.
- There will be increased disagreement with the Canadians over trade and border crossing restrictions with the US.
- The inevitable move toward normalization of US-Cuba relations will accelerate, as special interests (particularly the agriculture sector) press for removal of economic sanctions.
- The NFL announces international expansion.
- Prime Minister Abe provokes a constitutional crisis over his plans to expand the role of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
Sports and Entertainment:
- The Patriots start the new year by beating the Dolphins, and ride home field advantage into Super Bowl 50, where they beat the Arizona Cardinals.
- The Red Sox make it back to the playoffs as AL East Champions, but lose to the Cubs in the World Series.
- My annual prediction. I have been listening to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga sing together, and I will keep repeating the inevitable until it comes true. Thus, I predict once again that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta fulfills her childhood dream by playing the lead role of a revival on Broadway.
- Keith Olbermann returns to cable, and instantly spices up the commentary on the GOP primary.
- Major scandal rocks charter school industry.
- Cats maintain their dominance of the Internet, and seven cats win write-in elections in November.
- Citing low 17th Century crime rates, major GOP candidate advocates for the reinstatement of pillories and public corporal punishment.
- After open road tolling fails to solve traffic problems in Charlton, the state announces plan to widen the MassPike between Exits 9 and 10.