Looking for Mr October

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.


  1. ak4mc »

    5 September 2010 · 10:29 pm

    The one thing that could surprise me this October would be if they (whoever “they” are) decided to skip it altogether.

  2. KingShamus »

    6 September 2010 · 6:32 am


    No, I’d say something yucky is in the works.

    It’s just a matter of which party will do the sliming.

  3. Brian J. »

    6 September 2010 · 7:08 am

    Maybe they can trot Reggie Jackson out for a Mr. October Surprise.

    Who doesn’t like Reggie Jackson appearances?

  4. Marcel »

    6 September 2010 · 7:45 am

    Bipartisanism – dang, never thought of that. It might not be Democrats springing the surprise, but incumbents. That could explain a thing or two. As for the date, September is possible. Like Halloween, the October Surprise comes earlier every election.

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