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Larry Sabato: 2017 Will Be Productive, But Polarizing

The upcoming year will be productive, but polarizing, University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato predicts, even though he freely admits many of his predictions for the 2016 presidential race were off base and was able to joke about that on Wednesday.

"I have ordered a brand-spanking-new crystal ball," Sabato, leader of the university's Center for Politics and its Crystal Ball website, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, they only make them in China. Maybe that will change under the Trump administration. But I ordered them in bulk. There was a discount for bulk orders. I'm going to give them to all the other pundits and commentators and reporters who also got it all wrong in 2016."

But if that doesn't work out, he joked, "I'm just going to go and sell pillows with the 'My Pillow' guy. Everybody thinks I look like him anyway. I'm going to join forces. I'll probably have a happier life."

According to Sabato's final Crystal Ball report before the election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was to take the presidency with more than 300 electoral votes, and Congress was to have been split 50-50 between the parties. Neither happened.

As for now, Sabato said he'll continue with his predictions, and his main one is a prediction of productivity for the upcoming year.

"I take that again based on history and the fact you have a president, a Senate, and a House of the same party," Sabato told the program. "Normally when you unite those three, you end up having at least eight months to a year of real productivity, legislatively and otherwise, before the natural political forces tend to take over and become somewhat divisive. So I believe there will be a lot of legislation, obviously a lot of new executive orders, a revoking of old executive orders, and most of the campaign pledges, I think, will end up being validated."

However, the year will be polarizing even with Republicans working in tandem, because there is a two-party system in which the polarization intensified in 2016, and Sabato said he does not see that changing in 2017.

Sabato also predicts the Supreme Court will return to its full contingent in 2017, but he doesn't think there can be a date put on that.

"I wouldn't be surprised if it happened by midyear," said Sabato. "I think it's going to be a very high priority for the Trump administration. They've already got a list. Trump released that during the campaign. A list from which he will take the nominee. Again, he's got the Senate. I understand the potential you could have that filibuster, but I think they'll be able to work around that."

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