Was I prescient, or what?
I wish I could take credit for extrasensory powers, but these predictions were really pretty obvious! Nevertheless, here are predictions I made in the immediate aftermath of the election with links to stories showing they were generally right on:
1. This is the most dangerous time for the safety of the President. There will be a lot of rageful and vengeful leftists, who will delusionally believe that they were robbed of an election and might--with the right encouragement form many forces in American life--be tempted to harm Bush. The Secret Service should increase their vigilance at this time and for the next several weeks until emotions calm down. (LINK) UPDATE: via LGF- NY TIMES wants an "act of God" to remove Bush--unbelievable!
2. Because John Kerry did not bring them to a victory, once he concedes defeat, the mainstream media will go after him in a flash. All those stories questioning his military discharge and actions after the Vietnam war will finally be investigated and the truth will come out. (LINK, LINK,
3. Michael Moore, and various Hollywood celebrities will make a big deal about their emigration to someplace (probably France) in Europe. (this is good). They have been wanting to do it anyway, and this latest example of American perfidy will be just the excuse they need. (LINK, LINK,
4. Thoughtful Liberals (yes, there are such people) will begin to really look at their premises and begin to think about why they supported Kerry and the Democrats (as Wretchard suggests), but the majority of the Left will only dig themselves deeper into the "hatred of America "meme, convinced that they are right and the rest of the country is composed of morons and rubes; and they become even more vicious and intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them--possibly even violent. (LINK, LINK, LINK)
5. As above, there will be considerable "acting out" by the toddlers and adolescents of the Left. (LINK, LINK, LINK
6. That frisson of fear Osama bin Laden has been feeling for several years will expand into full-blown anxiety as he realizes he has badly misjudged America and Americans. (I believe this is true, but obviously no evidence yet--except his silence. I reserve the right to go back to thinking he's dead)
6. Now that the word "marriage" had been redeemed by Americans tired of language being stripped of all meaning, there will be a new tolerance and acceptance of gay "civil unions". (We'll have to wait on this one, but watch to see what the individual states decide to do over the next year. I do not believe that Gay Marriage is the "civil rights movement" of this century--that denigrates the concept of civil rights, as far as I am concerned. It would be like saying that "separate bathrooms for transsexuals" is a civil rights movement. It is my belief that both issues are issues that should be left to states and below for managing and that the federal government has better things to do.)
7. Europeans will be mystified at the reelection of George Bush and chalk it up to the fact that Americans are hopelessly uncivilized and remarkably stupid. (LINK, LINK and there are so many other links documenting the world's malaise, I'll leave you to find them!)