Steve Scaffidi is the host of The Steve Scaffidi Show on 620 AM WTMJ radio.
After reviewing last year’s predictions, where I got 6 of 7 correct, with 7 still a possibility since the Packers are the number one seed in the NFC Playoffs, I go into 2021 with a significant air of confidence. Unlike some of my peers, I used it as an opportunity to actually predict what was going to happen, not as a wish list. But on to the predictions…
For all the squawkers on TV and radio, in this state and beyond, being tied to Donald Trump will seem like a good idea until about 20 minutes after Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20th. After that, he’ll be a boat anchor for Republicans, conservatives and people who talk about politics for a living. Not to worry, they’ll trot out more of the tired political cliches we’ve been listening to for the past twenty years. We’ll also see the emergence of a “loyalty” test for some conservatives with the only criteria being a desire to appeal to the Proud Boys wing of the party. Good luck with that.
For the new president, his first term will be filled with promises and little accomplishment because that’s the country we live in now. Just like the squawkers referenced earlier, it’s never been about achievement, only conflict.
I do think Biden will attempt to craft a compromise package with Republicans on Obamacare, only to fail miserably when Congress realizes what the actual price tag would be on this. Expect significant pressure on healthcare providers to rein in patient costs. They’ll fight it, but ultimately they will lose because voters are tired of being wiped out by medical bills.
For President Trump, if you think he utilized lawyers and law firms a lot during his presidency, get ready for that reality times ten. He’ll fight challenges on his taxes and financial dealings, conduct during the presidency, and significant election law violations. He won’t care of course. He’ll still pretend he’s a viable candidate for 2024. Long range prediction-he’s not.
In Wisconsin politics, later this year candidates will emerge for the next Wisconsin Governor’s race. Former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will throw their names in on the Republican side. The Democrats (after Governor Evers decides he’s had enough of staring across a table at Speaker Vos) will look to a list longer than the last go around with many familiar names returning from the 2018 race. Look for a Democratic mayor other than Tom Barrett to attempt a run.
For the state legislature, Republicans will keep moving forward on their “let’s just take over everything” agenda, with forays into restaurant management, new restrictions for professional sports salary cap management, and important legislation on legal requirements for Christmas tree displays. They’ll also attempt to refine their Madison workloads to just one month in a calendar year, citing increased pressure to answer constituent questions at their home offices. Many of them will also launch new careers in real estate, hair care, and online retail sales.
The Supreme Court in Wisconsin will continue to make the news, with Justice Brian Hagedorn maniacally derided by some conservatives for actually using his brain on his decisions. To his credit, he’ll just continue to be a conservative justice with principles. Standing in direct opposition, of course, to conservative Wisconsin justices without any.
2021 will see a return to festivals, albeit a much different kind of summer festival. Capacity limits, proof of vaccination, and a host of other restrictions will pacify some, but it will be 2022 before we get back to seeing shirtless drunks jumping on picnic tables at your local community’s church festival.
Lastly, my prediction is 2021 will look a lot like 2020. More pandemic, more hysteria over mask and vaccines, and even less to agree on. Perhaps a Packers Super Bowl win in February will slow down the nonsense for a few months. But given the potential for something as dumb as Trump TV, who knows?