Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Predictions: Trump goes, unexpected candidate emerges

No longer has a seat at the GOP table?
Mod: The following list of 2019 predictions was written by John Leboutillier, a former Republican Congressman from New York. This is yet one more indication that the GOP could be getting ready to jettison its crazies in hopes of saving the party. Obviously that would need to include Donald Trump

Predictions: Trump goes, unexpected candidate emerges in 2019 (The Hill link): As a new chapter in American history unfolds with the start of another year, here are some predictions for the political scene in 2019:

1) Donald J. Trump’s presidency will not survive 2019;

2) The downward trajectory of every aspect of his tenure indicates we are headed for a spectacular political crash-and-burn — and fairly soon;

3) His increasingly erratic and angry behavior, his self-imposed isolation, his inability and refusal to listen to smart advisers that he hired, all are leading him to a precipice;

4) Meanwhile, the global and U.S. economies are softening in great part because of the unnecessary and ill-conceived trade war he launched against Canada and our European allies; if he wanted to conduct a legitimate trade war against China, wouldn’t it have made more sense to have trading allies such as Canada and Europe with us, instead of making them our adversaries?

5) Consumer confidence is declining and the American economy will slow noticeably in 2019. A recession is right around the corner, heading into 2020;

6) The volatility in the stock markets threatens to weaken Trump’s support among the GOP donor class, which will translate to GOP senators pulling away from Trump in short order;

7) Legally, Trump is in peril from not only from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation but also from separate investigations being conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York into Trump’s life and business dealings;

8) Fox News hosts are beginning to question the Trump administration’s actions on air, showing cracks — albeit, small cracks at the moment — in Fox’s heretofore 100 percent fealty to Trump;

9) These cracks will expand into chasms as news and entertainment mogul Rupert Murdoch calculates Trump’s prognosis and decides he doesn’t want his Fox News network to go down the drain with Trump;

10) Fox recently lost several days in a row to MSNBC in the ratings race — and Fox host Sean Hannity has lost 20 percent of his nightly audience since the midterm elections;

11) Without Fox approving Trump’s agenda, his support will decline from the 40s into the upper 20s;

12) The Mueller investigation will come to an end in 2019;

13) Mueller will shock everyone with what he has discovered, and the result will be much worse for Trump than anyone has anticipated;

14) Yes, Trump indeed knew about the now-infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting — and he lied to the American people repeatedly about it;

15) Trump lied on Air Force One when he concocted a phony statement about “adoptions,”  because he knew the truth about the meeting;

16) The Mueller investigation will unveil evidence of Trump putting himself out to the highest bidder in return for campaign help and financing: Russians, Saudis, Emiratis, Qataris — there will be evidence that millions of foreign dollars illegally flowed into the Trump campaign coffers in 2016;

17) In other words, Trump basically said, “I’m for sale”;

18) We may learn the source of the $66 million of his own money that Trump donated to his campaign in 2016. Was it a foreign entity who gave him the money as, in effect, an illegal pass-through?

19) Now that he has removed Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Trump can do what he tried in 2018: He will remove our troops from South Korea;

20) This is exactly what North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and China and Russia want us to do;

21) Trump tried this last spring but Mattis and former chief of staff John Kelly talked him out of it; now, neither man remains to stop him;

22) This will provoke a crisis the likes of which we have never seen;

23) The GOP Senate will go nuts when this happens, as will the Pentagon and Japan;

24) This action may begin the breaking away of the 20 GOP senators it will take to remove Trump if the House impeaches, dooming the Trump presidency;

25) In June, the Democratic Party presidential race will begin to take shape when the first TV debates begin with perhaps two dozen candidates; no one yet can predict who will emerge as the 2020 nominee, but history is a guide here:

26) John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won the Democratic nomination in great part as a result of the energy, shoe leather, devotion and passion of an army of young people in the primaries. That phenomenon almost propelled Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to an upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Who can harness the youth movement in 2020?

27) As of today, it looks like Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) has that energy behind him and incredible online fundraising abilities; if he runs, he will begin as a formidable candidate in a field of well-known, older candidates (Sanders, Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Michael Bloomberg). That army of young people will be tempted to leave Sanders for O'Rourke — or their loyalties will split between the two, and that may open the door for someone unexpected to step forth;

28) With Trump forced to exit the scene in 2019, the post-Trump GOP will devolve into all-out reshuffling. The Trump hangover will bedevil the party, just as the immediate post-Nixon era did to the GOP in 1974. The 2020 Republican nomination fight will be even more brutal than the Democratic one;

29) With Trump disgraced, both political parties will search for a message and a messenger;

30) An unexpected candidate will seize the political center in 2020.


  1. Mitt Romney: Trump failing the U.S. as a world leader

    Two days before he'll be sworn in as the newest senator from Utah, Mitt Romney criticized President Trump as having "not risen to the mantle of the office” in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

    The big picture: After excoriating Trump in a scripted appearance during the 2016 campaign, Romney has largely held his tongue in the first two years of the Trump presidency and stayed under the radar as he made — and won — his bid for the Senate.

    Romney's piece focused on Trump's foreign policy and relationships with allies while maligning his "name-calling" and "conduct". He pointed out that areas where he agreed with Trump were on longtime, mainstream Republican policies.

    1. Romney is all about Romney and is positioning to challenge Trump in 2020. Romney will kiss anybody that he thinks will help him. Romney is the ultimate shape shifter

    2. Romney never kissed Putin’s ass like Trump.

  2. Trump Contradicts Himself On Border Wall In Tweets 11 Minutes Apart

    During President Donald Trump’s frenzy of tweets Monday, he appeared to contradict himself on funding for his border wall within minutes.

    First, he promised: “MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL.” Then, in the next tweet 11 minutes later, he attacked the Democrats for what he predicted will be their decision to allocate “NOTHING to border security, namely the Wall.”

    MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL through the many billions of dollars a year that the U.S.A. is saving through the new Trade Deal, the USMCA, that will replace the horrendous NAFTA Trade Deal, which has so badly hurt our Country. Mexico & Canada will also thrive - good for all! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019

    The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to Border Security, namely the Wall. You see, without the Wall there can be no Border Security - the Tech “stuff” is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019

  3. 2018 was the worst for stocks in 10 years

    The Dow fell 5.6%. The S&P 500 was down 6.2% and the Nasdaq fell 4%. It was the worst year for stocks since 2008 and only the second year the Dow and S&P 500 fell in the past decade. (The S&P 500 and Dow were down slightly in 2015, but the Nasdaq was higher that year.)

    December was a particularly dreadful month: The S&P 500 was down 9% and the Dow was down 8.7% — the worst December since 1931. In one seven-day stretch, the Dow fell by 350 points or more six times. This year's Christmas Eve was the worst ever for the index.

    The S&P 500 was up or down more than 1% nine times in December alone, compared to eight times in all of 2017. It moved that much 64 times during the year.

  4. Remember the tiddy-bowl' man on TV commercials, one large flush and he too went down the drain, goodby 'djt' we will not miss you at all. It's time for real Americans to stand up and take by this Nation and leave the Communists of the world in the dust or rear view mirror.

    1. It's BEEN time, for a long time, 2 years is a LONG time for this... we KEEP waiting.. hoping to WAIT NO LONGER... how much more can we take? I don't want to find out, end the carnage now!

  5. The Democrats are going to have a dead guy run for office? John Kennedy?

  6. Rupert Murdoch and his boys are big Libs. They have made plenty of green backs off of FOX NEWS no thanks to them. As the boys take over for their dad they have interjected their liberal views and have such lost many FOX. viewers who have found new conservative TV channels and radio.

    1. Murdoch is a liberal? Are you a liar or just plain dopey. Murdoch is a foreign Conservative whose views are worshiped by Tea Baggers, Trump Fools, and other assorted RWNJs.

    2. Murdoch’s ex-girlfriend dates Putin.

    3. Fox is the lamest of all the mainstream Media

      Pure spin

  7. Freshman Senator Mitt Romney should realize the changes that are taking place in the Republican Party and in President Trump's words better "not be a Flake"!
    The swamp cleaning will continue.
    Democrats are going to have to decide how hard left they all want to swing, let the fireworks begin, 2020 MAGA.

    1. Someone get this kid a tissue

  8. Yeah, thanks Democrats; IF YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, YOU CAN KEEP HIM/HER.

    1. Fool doesn't understand that the Republican dominated Congress passed ACA and didn't give Obama everything he wanted.

    2. Obama says he's sorry that your pediatrician doesn't want to see you anymore, 8:36.

    3. Can we talk about the fat traitor in the White House yet?

  9. "In front of the courts right now" Dreamers status living in the United States, if the courts vote to rescind then the ball is back in the Presidents court.

    1. Courts vote?
      Court's vote?
      Courts' vote?
      Courts' votes?
      Presidents court?
      President's court?
      Presidents' court
      Presidents' courts?

  10. Thank God we have a President that is working for all Americans and getting results because of his guidance.
    Stopping the ignorant and insane practice of sending our tax paying dollars ("plane loads") in the amounts of billions of dollars over to countries around the world that hate us and do nothing to help their own poor with our money we send them.
    President Trump is guiding the country like all of us would guide our families, keep all loved ones safe, rebuild, balance the check book, don't over spend and have boundries.
    National Security is the number one job the President of the United States is sworn into office to do.
    Thank you President Trump.

    1. Balance the checkbook? Trump? Wah ha ha ha ha!!

    2. 11:27, thank you sir or mamn for the greatest belly laugh (so far) of 2019 !!! Keep ‘em coming and good luck with your psychiatrist visits this year.

    3. 11:27 was last seen downtown dodging butterfly nets.


    All true, except for the deals, loans, bailouts, money laundering, etc.

  12. Nah na, nah na na its our way or no way says Shut Down Schumer and dancing Nancy.
    We are fighting for the people!
    We have better ideas than the President!
    Zero dollars for the wall even though we voted for much more than that to be funded two years ago under Obama!

    1. This russian troll talk is so weak

      Grade school level

    2. 5 year olds have better ideas than the Russian Asset.

  13. As soon as we can find a pipe-fitter to attach a pipe to 'djt' tail fin then we can launch him into orbit with rocket-man.

  14. Yes, the egg is precariously perched on the top of the wall tweeting nonstop nonsense. We're gleefully ready for the fall.🤣


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