Symposium: 2012 predictions

Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee, and Marco Rubio the nominee for vice president. The Romney-Rubio ticket will win handily, an outcome made very easy to predict on election night when Pennsylvania goes Republican by a wide margin.

The House GOP majority will expand by a few seats, but the Senate GOP will pick up Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, and one additional “surprise” seat while losing none. Scott Brown will win handily in Massachusetts.

Act of Valor will be the surprise blockbuster movie of the year, and when it opens on President’s Day weekend, the SEALs and other special forces will find themselves with a decade’s worth of recruits.

There will be a struggle between John Boehner and Eric Cantor for the speakership in late November.