What will happen next year?

change-1I noticed that I have been blogging for a year. Yeah! Somehow, I have found something to say. This was made easy because of the U.S. presidential elections, and because of the selection of Governor Palin as a vice-president running mate. I noticed that in terms of readership, the stories that got the most hits are those that dealt with Governor Palin and those that dealt with HIV infection. No much interest when I was writing about personal stuff. But that is expected.

This year has certainly been full of surprises. In the beginning of the year, I thought that Senator Clinton had a good chance of becoming the next President of the U.S. Who would have thought that Senator Obama would do a kamikaze mission with the delegates from states that hold caucuses? So, let this be a lesson for future presidential hopefuls: Iowa is important and a 50-state strategy is a safe, feasible way of running to the goal.

So, what will happen next year? One prediction (which is really a reality) is the Republican Party having a fight for its soul. As the last presidential election has shown, the core supporters of that party are a band of racists Whites running basically along the Appalachian mountain range. So, forget about the big tent for the Republican Party. It was an illusion anyway, even when Ronald Reagan proposed it. Conservatives in this country have to find a way to adjust their political philosophy so that it is not so narrowly based on culture and race.

Another prediction? President elect Obama will be constantly tested. Not much of a prediction, right? Well, the tests will not be from the right. But from the left. In a sense, he asked for it. Look at the way he is stacking up his cabinet. I did not elect him for that kind of change, and then he has the galls to keep asking for donations?

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