What will 2010 bring? Take your pick.

By Robert McCartney
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Although William Safire wrote for a competitor, I always enjoyed his annual predictions. Here, I shamelessly borrow the late New York Times columnist's multiple-choice format to look ahead to what to expect in the Washington region in 2010. My choices are at the end.

1. When D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) runs for reelection, he will:

a) Lose narrowly in the Democratic primary to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who forges a coalition of blacks who feel neglected by Fenty and voters of all races worried about cronyism.

b) Narrowly defeat Gray by pointing to improved schools, reduced homicides and better services.

c) Easily defeat multimillionaire developer R. Donahue "Don" Peebles, as Gray stays out of the race. Peebles reestablishes himself as a player in District politics but suffers as reporters dredge up past controversies involving him in the District and Florida, his base in the past decade.

d) Cruise to victory as Gray, Peebles and council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) all run and divide the opposition.

2. When the first stretch of the Intercounty Connector finally opens in the fall, the result will be:

a) Spontaneous celebrations in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, as congestion eases dramatically on the Beltway.

b) Bitter recriminations, as high tolls mean nobody uses the road.

c) A statewide bout of "What were we thinking?" as the high construction price leaves no money for the Purple Line and other vital transportation projects.

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