One of my favorite things to do as a child, during the break between Christmas and New Years, was to watch the end of the year prediction edition of “The Montel Williams Show,” which inevitably featured famed psychic Sylvia Browne.
Sometimes it was comical to watch her click her ridiculously long fingernails and play with her deep-fried crimped clown hair as she predicted H. Ross Perot would win the presidency. Other times, it was just sad to see her falsely tell Amanda Berry’s grieving mother that her daughter was dead, when in fact, she was very much alive and being held in captivity by some psycho in Ohio.
Despite her disastrous batting average, every time she was on, it was entertaining. After all, who doesn’t love a good round of reckless speculation?
That being said, here’s a few of my political predictions for 2018.
The field of candidates running to replace outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet solidified.
Currently, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are consistently polling in the top two slots. Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen and businessman John Cox have shown little ability to cut through the noise and shake up the race. The same is true for Democrats John Chiang, the state treasurer, and Delaine Eastin, the former state superintendent of public instruction.
As a result, other potential candidates are now testing the waters.
Over the weekend former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown wrote in the SF Chronicle, “My phone has been lighting up with messages that Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier is spending the New Year’s weekend in Palm Springs with her advisers and mulling a possible run for governor. I haven’t been able to reach her, but if she jumps in it will make for one heck of a race.”
Additionally, former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman has recently stepped down from her post and has reportedly been mulling over another run for statewide office, as is former Sacramento area Congressman Doug Ose, and who can say what’s going on in Tom Steyer’s impeachment-obsessed mind.
This crowded field will certainly get cozier as we inch towards the March filing deadline, but there’s plenty of room yet for a few surprises.
Another prediction, is that moderate (relatively speaking), business-friendly Democrats who have recently stepped down from the state legislature will be replaced by more liberal, labor-friendly Democrats.
Over the course of the last month, three…