RON HART: Fearless predictions for 2014

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 17:11 PM.

After last week’s look back, let’s take a peek forward. Extrapolating from the events of 2013, I think some of these predictions are not unlikely:

•Republicans will fumble their opportunity in the 2014 midterms, not winning the Senate. Political fortunes come and go, like the swallows of Capistrano and the McRib. But Repubs will not fully capitalize because of the tug of the social conservatives.

•Once again, Democrats will outspend Republicans in the midterm elections. Democrats are prepared to spend hundreds of millions of PAC, union and corporate money to get reelected, once again proving their willingness to end big money’s corrupting influence in D.C.

•NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will find a measure of redemption. Most of the press and virtually all of the politicians in Washington condemned him for divulging embarrassing secrets that might curtail their Orwellian powers. Politicians only want the Fourth Amendment enforced when they are out of power.

•In Colorado and California, the same folks who lament that they don’t have health care now stand in line for government-taxed and-distributed, $310-per-ounce marijuana. The inevitable reality of the free market will take over. "Twitch" or "Sketch" who see that line will sell the same weed for $50 an ounce — and you won't have to halfheartedly convince Twitch that you have back pain.

•Newly inaugurated liberal New York Mayor DeBlasio, who is 6-feet, 7-inches tall and some believe too tall to govern, will flounder. The new mayor will oversee a police force that will arrest someone for having a 16-ounce soft drink but have him plead to a lesser charge of dealing crack.

•Given the higher taxes, big government nanny state and war on W-2 income earners, even more New Yorkers will move to Florida. Here's a helpful guide to Florida for New Yorkers: As you drive south, you will eventually stop seeing rebel flag shot glasses for sale in stores. This means you are near the Panhandle's Route 30A — the best part of Florida — so keep going so we can keep it that way. Continue driving south. Once you get past Tampa, you are back in the north again. You will like it there.



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