California goes the way of Greece. Michele Bachmann becomes Speaker of the House. Washington Post opinion writers anticipate the news in the year to come. We welcome reader predictions in the comments.
George Will predicts: Sometime soon, and 2013 may be the time, some home-grown Greece -- California, perhaps, although Illinois is even more likely -- will come to Washington as a mendicant, its begging bowl in hand, seeking to off-load its public employees' pension obligations on the nation's taxpayers. Then we shall again see the beauty of the Senate, in which two senators from Wyoming (population 568,000) can nullify two from California (population 37,692,000). JOHN KOLESIDIS/REUTERS Buy Photo