Hoping to do better in 2011 in my own annual predictions quiz for Washington region

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By Robert McCartney
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 1, 2011; 6:02 PM

In my annual predictions quiz a year ago, I forecast that Adrian Fenty would be reelected as the District's mayor in 2010 after Vince Gray decided not to run.

Whoops.

I also goofed on at least two others, out of seven. I optimistically but inaccurately predicted that the Intercounty Connector would open on time in the Maryland suburbs, and that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) would call a special legislative session to raise money for roads.

I only got three right. The accuracy of the seventh, on the Redskins' season, depends on whether they beat the Giants Sunday. (I hope they win but predicted they'd lose.)

Undeterred by such a sorry record, I continue the tradition in the multiple-choice form flagrantly copied from the late New York Times columnist William Safire. My picks for 2011 are at the end.

1. In her new life after resigning as D.C. schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee will:

a) See her reputation crumble as revelations of troubles at Dunbar High School are followed by disclosure of other unflattering details about her record.

b) Marry her fiance, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and settle down to a blissful, uncontroversial life as the city's first lady.

c) Easily raise hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to her new education foundation from rich philanthropists who ignore signs that some of her reforms didn't actually work.

d) Host a reality television show about urban education on the Oprah Winfrey Network called "Putting Kids First."

2. In Virginia, the most dramatic political story will be:

a) Conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) hunting for ways to keep his name in the spotlight when newly elected tea party favorites in Congress start hogging all the attention.


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