What to expect in the new year
Happy New Year to everyone. I wanted to take a few moments to think about some predictions for the coming year.
I’ll start by saying that I think that both David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will win re-election on January 5, although I don’t think we’ll know that for sure until at least a day later.
I think that the Republican attempt to overturn the election will go down in flames and that President Trump will be evicted on January 20. It won’t be the last we see of him though. He won’t surrender his control of the Republican Party.
Trump will not be blamed for his defeat. The Republican base will blame other Republican elected officials for betraying the president. Trump’s base will become more shrill and detached from reality.
I expect additional demonstrations on Trump’s behalf. I’ll be surprised if there are not some incidences of violence that relate to the election fraud conspiracy theories.
There will be additional COVID vaccines approved. The large number of effective vaccines will help to immunize the world, but a lot of people will refuse the vaccine. For that reason, COVID-19 won’t disappear completely. Booster shots will be required.
The virus will become rare enough that life largely returns to normal, however. The return to normalcy will fuel an economic boom. Trump supporters will claim that the vaccines were delayed so that the recovery didn’t occur until Trump left office.
Joe Biden will be a popular president, partly due to the economic recovery and end of the pandemic and partly because he represents a return to normalcy in the government. Americans won’t have to constantly check their Twitter feeds for the latest presidential meltdown. In fact, the Biden years will be relatively quiet.
A return to normalcy also means a return to gridlock. The closely divided Senate will mean that most of Biden’s agenda is DOA. Republicans won’t want to compromise with a “socialist” administration.
These predictions represent my best guess for the next few months. I really wouldn’t mind being wrong on some of them.
I wish the best for everyone in the coming year. May you all have a happy, healthy, and blessed year.
What are your predictions for 2021? Comment below.
I'll be very interested to see to what extent Trumpism has the same shelf life that Tea Party-ism did. We should know by December whether it's going to remain a thorn in the side of Republicans seeking to win general elections in most places or whether it dissipates the same way that the Right's embrace of GWB did after his term.