President Obama and his supremely obnoxious chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, should be more honest. The $871 billion health care reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate Dec. 21 after eight long and tedious months of debate is, by all indications, almost the exact bill that both men had in mind when they began this process. It's clear that so far this isn't the president most of us signed up for.
The race for Cincinnati Mayor and City Council inches forward as the calendar turns to April, though we're far from shifting into full campaign mode. Still, signs of life are peeking up as surely as the crabgrass in my front yard — yet no one has emerged yet to challenge Mayor Mark Mallory.
As I learned working on a political campaign this fall, guessing is a genuine art form for politicos of all stripes. Each person guesses over another's guess about what might happen next, and the cycle continues ad nauseam. Accuracy is fine and all that, but speculation and rumor-mongering is much more fun. In that spirit, here are my predictions for 2009.