Kurt  Schlichter

Political predictions are tricky, but if you just assume that Democrats will expand government and their own power at the expense of yours, you’re already batting .800. Here are some prognostications for 2014:

The Obama Administration: The President’s ratings will generally plummet, with the mainstream media hailing every minor uptick as a comeback. Look for panic as the unfolding Obamacare catastrophe teaches the Millennials what they should have learned in college – that all socialist enterprises are doomed to failure.

The Administration will rule by executive fiat and pack the courts. It’ll also establish a precedent that will allow a future conservative administration, unrestrained by obstacles like the filibuster and the separation of powers, to repeal Obamacare.

The Iran fiasco will become an even bigger fiasco. Give Israel at 35% chance of acting (along with a coalition of the willing consisting of Iran’s terrified Arab neighbors) to eliminate the nuclear peril. With this Administration, the Israelis better be right about being the Chosen People.

Obamacare: It won’t die in 2014, but it will be in the political ICU. The wonderful thing about the Obamacare disaster – and it is a disaster for the Democrats – is that their clever lies and evasions mean nothing, nada, zip when a voter’s monthly insurance bill gets doubled and the only doctor who will see him anymore graduated in the lower half of his class at the Gumbo State Correspondence College of Medicine and Cosmetology.

Petty Oppression: Look for more campaigns to silence, harass and intimidate Administration critics through the IRS, prosecution threats and “accidental” leaks of embarrassing information about political opponents from the “secure” health care databases. In response to these un-American acts of oppression, the mainstream media will rush to cover the innocuous statement of some backbench Republican about birth control to illustrate the conservative war on women.

The House Race: The GOP Establishment will astonish us by not passing an amnesty bill and completely destroying the Republican Party. The pressure is building on John Boehner to roll over and break his promise, but he knows we are watching. While the top 5,000 biggest donors panting to open the floodgates may write big checks, they are good for only about 5,000 votes. We’re millions upon millions, the heart of the GOP. If Boehner buckles under to the squish minority, the GOP will not take the Senate and will lose the House. The GOP establishment is mind-numbingly stupid, but we can hope it’s not also suicidal.

Kurt Schlichter

Kurt Schlichter (Twitter: @KurtSchlichter) was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.