Okay, so I’m not all that great with predictions. But hey, they’re fun, so here we go again! In 2009, here’s what I think we’ll see:
1. The governor’s race: Richard Blumenthal decides not to run, and just about every other Democrat who is considering running will jump in. An all-out fracas will begin to determine who the front-runner will be. Susan Bysiewicz will end the year ahead of others in the one Q-poll that’s done on the race.
Of course, now that I’ve said that, watch Blumenthal announce his intention to run for governor tomorrow.
2. Jodi Rell formally decides to run for re-election–in June.
3. Rob Simmons runs for the senate against Chris Dodd. The initial polling shows a surprisingly tight race. Dodd’s popularity never really recovers, and he finds himself in trouble–with a decision to make.
4. The Obama administration makes the usual number of early missteps, but recovers. Obama ends the year with approval ratings above 60%.
5. At least one Connecticut newspaper will close permanently.
6. At least one other Connecticut paper will consider going entirely online.
7. The economy, jobs and the huge budget deficit are the focus of the new General Assembly. Unemployment in Connecticut reaches levels not seen since the early 1990s. By the end of the year, however, the national economy will be showing signs of revival.
8. Joe Lieberman, to avoid becoming even more of an afterthought, makes news by actually reaching out to both Republicans and Democrats in support of the plans of his new pal, President Obama.
So that’s my feeling. What do you think will happen next year?