2013 Predictions, From Palin to Pelosi

Colbert I. King at the Washington Post lays out what he thinks Americans will see during the next 12 months -- in the political world and beyond.

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2012 has been a tumultuous year, from the presidential campaign to Hurricane Sandy. Colbert I. King at the Washington Post predicts what will come down the pike in 2013.

At the national level:

* In the fullness of time, following the New Year's celebration, leaders of the conservative-dominated GOP (Republicans Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  are in tears) will prostrate themselves and acknowledge that the unceremonious rejection of Republicans on election night had nothing to do with the "gifts" Mitt Romney charged were given to the "47 percent" of Americans by President Obama but, rather, that 63 million Americans didn't think much of a political brand that has been hijacked by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, the tea party and other assorted right-wingers. Following that cathartic event, intraparty bloodletting will begin.

* Sarah Palin will try her hand at a series of economic, domestic and foreign policy speeches to signal a presidential run in 2016. Media will be ecstatic. Party stalwarts will be apoplectic.

* Democrats will launch a ground war singularly focused on retaking the House in 2014. Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by a surprise combatant, President Obama, will lead the charge.

Read Colbert I. King's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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