How to recognize the infamous October Surprise? Marcel suggests some indicators, which we will assume will actually be indicating, so to speak, some time beyond the 30th of September:
Nancy Pelosi might sponsor a bill to provide gay wedding receptions for the poor (it wouldn’t be her worst idea). The Department of the Interior might veil the Statue of Liberty for Eid. The EPA might mandate waterless toilets, or ban serrated knives. If it shows tone-deaf contempt for middle America, it’s probably the Democrats’ October Surprise, or else it’s Michael Steele’s latest attempt to do whatever it is he’s trying to do.
Be very suspicious, incidentally, of anything labeled “bipartisan”: it generally means that the fix is in on both sides.