2008 Predictions Scorecard (Dave Schuler)


Here’s how my predictions for 2008 fared:

Predictions that came to pass

  • Ron Paul won’t win a single state primary. If he runs as a Libertarian or other third party, he won’t get a single electoral vote. He won’t be elected president.
  • Nothing of any substance will be accomplished by the Congress on any of the following issues: immigration, healthcare, Social Security, education, product safety of imports.
  • China’s Olympics will be huge, opulent, and have precisely the opposite effect that, presumably, the Chinese government wants to achieve. Rather than showing that China has made it, it will highlight the enormous contrasts in modern China. Citizen journalism may play a part.
  • On December 31, 2008 there will be at least 80,000 American soldiers in Iraq.
  • Neither the U.S. nor Israel will either bomb or invade Iran.
  • In fact we won’t engage in any major military action that we’re not already engaged in.
  • President Bush will not be impeached by the House of Representatives.
  • No Country for Old Men will win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • No Chicago sports team will win a championship series.
  • If the presidential contest is Clinton versus Romney, Romney wins. If it’s Clinton vs. McCain, McCain wins. If it’s Edwards vs. Huckabee, nobody wins.
  • When the television writers’ strike ends it will turn out to have been a debacle both for the writers and the Big 3 television networks.

Predictions That Did Not Come to Pass

  • Some state will have a serious financial crisis caused by lower revenues than expected and the unwillingness either to cut spending or increase taxes. It may well be Illinois.

Half-Right/Half-Wrong

  • The naming of Benazir Bhutto’s teenaged son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardawi, as head of the PPP will increasingly be recognized as a sign that there never was a good option or a soft landing for Pakistan.
  • The sub-prime mortgage fiasco will continue to perk along with various measures being proposed and taken to address it. All of the measures will be aimed at increasing liquidity, ironic since the problem is one of confidence not liquidity. Nothing will be done about the incentives in the form of billions of dollars in commissions and bonuses paid for peddling bogus financial instruments. House prices have a little farther to fall.
  • At least one of the following won’t make it to the end of the year: Fidel Castro, Pervez Musharraf, Robert Mugabe.
  • Video game sales will continue to increase, music and movie sales will continue to decrease. The video game Mass Effect will have strong sales, spawning sequels, imitators, and a movie version which is likely to include at least some of the people supplying voices for the characters.

Final Tally: 11-1-4. That gives me an accuracy of 81.25%. However, I think that in reality I did worse than that since I didn’t predict either of the big stories of the year: Barack Obama’s election and just how bad the financial crisis would be.

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Dave Schuler
About Dave Schuler
Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.

Comments

  1. Alex Knapp says:

    Some state will have a serious financial crisis caused by lower revenues than expected and the unwillingness either to cut spending or increase taxes. It may well be Illinois.

    Dave, this did come to pass. See California.

  2. Steve Plunk says:

    Yeah Dave, give yourself that one.

  3. mannning says:

    Good job for 08. With that win percentage I look forward to your predictions for 09. May I suggest for your background reading the book “The World is Curved” by David Smick. It is a comprehensive, even essential overview of the world’s financial systems and the crises we face, written in laymen’s terms and not with the fog of a Greenspan.

  4. Dave Schuler says:

    California hasn’t defaulted or declared bankruptcy. Yet. Of course, the year isn’t over yet.

  5. Bithead says:

    Even absent those particulars, Dave, I’d be inclined to give you half a point anyway.

  6. JT says:

    Another area not discussed by the candidates is crime. Barely even touched upon, their collective lack of foresight will leave the nation reeling when the economic downturn spurs criminal activity.

  7. Dave Schuler says:

    I’m not sure I would predict that we’ll have more crime in 2009 than in 2008.

  8. Triumph says:

    That gives me an accuracy of 81.25%.

    Your numbers are padded. You really went out on a limb with these:

    President Bush will not be impeached by the House of Representatives.

    Ron Paul won’t win a single state primary. If he runs as a Libertarian or other third party, he won’t get a single electoral vote. He won’t be elected president.

    Maybe for 2009, you might predict that violence will continue in Palestine, the sky will remain blue and the sun will come up each day.

    Also, you actually should move the Chicago sports team bit into your “wrong” column. The Wolves won the Calder cup.

  9. spencer says:

    Good point that the sub-prime issue was not a question of liquidity. But rather than being an issue of confidence it was a question of solvency.

  10. Rick Almeida says:

    If the presidential contest is Clinton versus Romney, Romney wins. If it’s Clinton vs. McCain, McCain wins. If it’s Edwards vs. Huckabee, nobody wins.

    In which universe is this a prediction that came to pass? Unless, of course, you mean that voters passed on Clinton, Romney, McCain, Edwards, and Huckabee.

  11. Drew says:

    Speaking of not going out on a limb…

    “No Chicago sports team will win a championship series.”

    nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

  12. Triumph says:

    Speaking of not going out on a limb…

    “No Chicago sports team will win a championship series.”

    As I mentioned in my comment, he got this one wrong. The Chicago Wolves of the pro American Hockey League won the Calder Cup.