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Friday, December 29, 2006

Nostrodamus predictions for 2007

The real Nostrodamus (photo)


By Nostrodamus a.k.a. T. J. Connolly

Internationally:
President Bush will send an additional 25,000 troops (with the support of the Democratic Congress) to Iraq in February.

The Bush Administration will admit Iraq is no longer winnable and begin a massive drawdown of US troop strength by early fall.

We will regretfully pass the 3,000 troops killed in Iraq by January 5th. That will be more Americans than died on 9/11. And the murderer Osama Bin Laden is still free.

The 165,000 American troops in Iraq in June 07 will be down to less than 120,000 by the end of 2007. Before the 08 election, the US troop count in Iraq will be under 95,000.

Iran will emerge as America's greatest threat in the War on Terror during 2007.

Nationally:
President Bush's popularity rating will never break 44% during all of 2007. His most current Gallop Poll approval rating is 37%.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (new and first female Speaker of the U. S. House) popularity rating will break 50% by January 10th and remain above 50% for all of 2007.

Sen. Barak Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards will announce for the Democratic nomination for President. Former Sen. Edwards will have the Big Mo by the end of 07. (Editor's note: Edwards has aready declared his intent to run for President)

Former 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry will announce he will not seek the nomination again in 2008. Democrats will celebrate.

Current Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick will be defeated for re-election to the Speaker's Chair in Austin.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will emerge as the force to be reckoned with during the upcoming Session of the Legislature.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte will resign her State Senate seat at the conclusion of the upcoming Session. Most members of the State House Bexar Delegation will jump in the Special Election to fill Sen. Van de Putte's unexpired term. State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fisher will emerge as the favorite.

One Republican Texas State Senator and two or three Republican Texas House members will switch parties during the upcoming Legislative Session.

San Antonio will lead the state in 2007 in new housing starts.

State Senator Carlos Uresti will closely watch how Congressman Ciro Rodriguez handles his new term in Congress. If Rodriguez looks vulnerable, and Uresti has a strong freshman Session, Uresti may take the plunge (for a second time) and announce for Congress in the fall of 07.

Bexar County:
Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo
will resign his Commissioner's seat in 2007. Commissioner's Court will appoint former State Senator Leticia Van de Putte to fill the final three+ years on his term.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff will remain a strong political force. Wolff will indicate plans to run for a final term in 2010.

County Commissioner Chico Rodriguez will give serious consideration to a run for Bexar County Sheriff in 08.

Rep. Robert Puente and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff will fail in their attempts to roll BexarMet under Bexar County's and SAWS control.

San Antonio:
Mayor Phil Hardberger will roll to a 76% re-election victory in May.

By the fall of 2007, City Councilman Kevin Wolff, home builder Gordon Hartman, former City Councilman Julian Castro and former City Councilman Richard Perez will emerge as the four most talked-up candidates to succeed Hardberger in 09.

Mayor Hardberger will announce plans to push a Charter Amendment change to establish two four-year terms for Mayor and City Council with the 2009 election. And he will succeed where so many others have failed.



Editor's Note: T.J. Connolly predicted Ciro Rodriguez would beat Henry Bonilla 52-48 percent weeks before the election. He also predicted the Democratic sweep across the nation and locally.

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