While the unnerving summer of 2020 draws closer to an end, political observers–along with propagandists– are already speculating on what the “October Surprise” will be in the presidential election.
Some guess it could be a rushed COVID-19 vaccine, with Democratic hope it could split Trump’s voter base.
Others insist media puppets will come out with some new disastrous data or “science” to manipulate numbers and public opinion regarding coronavirus.
Another idea is the prospect that another Supreme Court Justice dies or bows out.
The surprise is usually explained as “unexpected or surprising news that breaks before an election, that has the distinct capability to help determine the outcome of the race.”
It’s when the biggest skeletons come out of the closet. We certainly can believe bones are being rattled from all sides already.
One of the biggest fears for Democrats, and some fringe Republicans, is that strong indictments will be issued to former law enforcement officials, government employees, and perhaps, even politicians. Specifically, those who were involved in the illegal spying, manipulation and instigation of the Russian hoax that backfired on them should be concerned.
Joe Biden has a closet full of skeletons that can be used against him. The questions now are how the Dems are going to handle him in the presidential debates. Will they weasel him out? Will his vice president candidate pick be strong enough? Will the Obama, Clinton, Sanders, Romney, Warren and Soros backing be helpful?
Here is a summary of past “October Surprises” in modern day presidential elections.
1972: McGovern vs. Nixon
National Security advisor Henry Kissenger announces “We believe that peace is at hand” with Vietnamese War negotiations.
1980: Carter vs. Reagan
Famed investigative reporter Jack Anderson revealed Carter’s team was preparing a major military operation to rescue American hostages in Iran right before the election.
Speculation exists that Reagan’s team negotiated with Iran for their release. Within minutes of Reagan’s inauguration on January 20, 1981, the hostages were safely released.
1992: Bush vs. Clinton
Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh timed an indictment of Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger with Iran-Contra affair charges before George Bush’s reelection. The media began an information campaign alleging Bush has a direct role roll in the arms deals.
2000: Gore vs. Bush
Days before the election, media began reporting George W. Bush had been arrested for drunk driving in 1976. Bush confirmed the report in a press conference moments after it was revealed.
2004: Kerry vs. Bush
To help the John Kerry campaign, just a week before the election, the New York Times erroneously reported
a huge cache of explosives missing from a warehouse in al Qa’qaa was Bush’s fault.
Saudi helped the Bush campaign by lowering oil prices to help keep the American economy strong.
2008: McCain vs. Obama
Coupled with October reports that unemployment numbers were at record highs, media reports came out indicating Obama’s half-aunt was living in Boston as an illegal immigrant despite being ordered to leave the United States in 2004.
2012: Romney vs. Obama
In late September, media reports surfaced with an audio tape secretly recording Mitt Romney making disparaging remarks about Americans who pay no federal income tax.
2016: Clinton vs. Trump
October 7th was a double whammy with media releasing a 2005 recording of Trump using explicit language with locker room talk about women. He apologized, saying it doesn’t “reflect who I am.”
That same day, the Podesta Leaks began coming out from WikiLeaks including voice recordings of Clinton to a variety of banks, debate questions being leaked to her prior to the debate, a stance on trade-deals showing her lies during her campaign, and admitting it was to her political advantage to have both “public” and “private” beliefs.
On October 30th, reports came out that 650,000 emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer were being investigated. The FBI had been looking into Clinton’s illegal use of a private email server after Weiner’s had been seized earlier.
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, was a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.