Ha, I fooled you! You probably thought I'd lost my marbles and gone out and predicted that Tim Pawlenty will beat Barack Obama in 2012. Wrong! Tim Pawlenty is a lot like my brother Clyde, a Christian fundamentalist that manages the bad but neat trick of being boring and weird at the same time. Sorry T-Paw, I just don't think you cut the mustard.
Instead, I'm going way out on a limb and say that in 2016, the Democratic field of viable candidates will include Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and some Democratic governor from somewhere. Who knows? Maybe even Oregon. I know that I'd sure work and vote for a presidential candidate that was a Democratic governor of Oregon. But none of these guys will probably have a chance compared to the next president, and I don't mean Garrison Keiler.
No, old new lefty's crystal ball says that the next POTUS is most likely to be Sen. Al Franken, who will be our first Jewish president. And then maybe our policy towards Israel will be able to change in a meaningful way. But until then, we're kinda trapped on that issue (to our discredit).
And Joe Biden? May Mr. Spock (Barack Obama) live long and prosper, even if I have serious issues with him.