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Judge Alito will be confirmed because the Dems will filibuster and not even Bill Frist will be able to lose that one. Arlen Specter will double-cross so many people seriatim that he will lose track of the direction he intended to go, and Alito will be on the high court by St. Patty’s Day.
Howard Dean and Howard Stern will make a secret agreement to exchange jobs on alternate weeks, and no one will notice except the Dem party treasurer who will notice that the weekly take waxes and wanes instead of just wanes.
Trent Lott will succumb to Harry Reid’s plea, and decide not to retire from the Senate. He will, instead, resume blaming the Bush administration for everything that’s gone wrong since the Lindbergh kidnapping. He will be bashing his fellow Repubs on one of the Sunday morning talk shows when Zell Miller runs onto the set and punches him in the nose, thereby assuring Miller the #2 spot on the 2008 Republican ticket. And despite Lott running again, neither the House nor the Senate will be lost. Lost, no. Disoriented, dazed and confused? Of course.
Never mind 2006. Let’s set sail for 2008, with an eye on the few people who we think can lead us forward in the war. Is there a successor to W who can do what needs to be done? Yes, but not among the likely candidates. I have a name. It’s someone you’d recognize in an instant if he popped up on your television. He has a bearing and voice that reminds me of Ronald Reagan. He’s a warrior-intellectual, someone who understands the fight we’re in and how it has to be fought if it’s going to be won. He’s not a politician, a lawyer or a bureaucrat. And, as far as I know, he has no desire to run. Which is one of the reasons he’s perfect for the Republican presidential candidacy. No, I’m not going to tell you who he is. Yet.
Happy Un-New Year.p> strong>TAS contributing editor Jed Babbin is the author of Inside the Asylum img src= “http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=theamericansp-20&l=ur2&o=1” width=”1” height=”1” border=”0” alt=”” class=”c1”>: Why the UN and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think (Regnery, 2004). /strong> /p>