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Democrat October Surprises - an archive thread
Freeper resourcefulness | 10/02/03 | I. Will Vanquishcarville

Posted on 10/01/2003 10:30:08 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat

The Democrats have a long and sordid history of launching last-minute cheap shot 'October Surprises' right before elections. I'm hoping that we can use this thread to develop a comprehensive list of all of their 'October Surprises', so that we can not only confront them with it each time they try this garbage, but more importantly remind and educate the general public about how this is an unscrupulous cornerstone of Democrat election strategy. Most people have no idea how much of a pattern there is of this.

Of course we have Arnold, and we remember the Bush DWI. Wasn't that also on a Wed. night before the Tuesday election? I know there were others in CA races, and 'The seriousness of the charges' against the elder Bush, but I forget the exact issues and timelines. So here's hoping some freeper memories and ingenuity(corraborating links for reviewing the details would be excellent) will turn this thread into a valuable resource, from which we can then distill a succinct 'reminder' list.

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
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To: Right Wing Professor
I am far less sanguine that we need only expose what the left is doing and the public will make them see the errors of their way.

They are trying to destroy President Bush. It's that important to them to substitute their policy for his -- or, in far too many cases to simply destroy George W. Bush and America's sovereignty. They want a coalition of international progressive governments to 'fight" the war on terror and rule.

Even "moderate" Democrats say 20th century liberalism and all forms of conservatism are finished. It's time for a "new social compact" between the world's progressive governments and the masses, they say.

This is not traditional politics. Some Democrats truly feeeeeeeeeeeeeeel that it is best for America. Others simply want an end to our military power and sovereignty.

This has been on-going since post W.W.II. The left said it was too dangerous for the world to have only one super power. They said that we must share our weapons and economic strength with Uncle Joe Stalin. Vietnam era leftists worked hard to destroy our wartime administration and aid the enemy.

Challenge the left by Congressional investigations of their treason. Force them into the streets with protests. There they will commit blatant acts of violence and treason. Then end it. It's the war within a war and it's equally important that we win it.

41 posted on 10/02/2003 1:22:23 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael
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To: Diddle E. Squat
google often floods the top of the search with leftist analysis links

You've noticed that too huh
42 posted on 10/02/2003 3:45:04 PM PDT by visualops (Two Wrongs don't make a right- they make the Democratic Ticket for 2004!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Didn't 'B-1 Bob' get slimed by the Loretta Sanchez? people Or did was he just too complacent?
43 posted on 10/02/2003 3:53:05 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Diddle E. Squat
The false charges agaisnt Bush the Elder is that he and the CIA cut a secret deal with Ayotollah Khoemeini to not let the Iran hostages go free until after the election. Of course, not a single thing was true...
44 posted on 10/02/2003 3:56:23 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space for rent)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
The democraps are experts at this.
45 posted on 10/02/2003 3:58:10 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
When George W. Bush's DUI was revealed, California Republicans recalled the 1992 U.S. Senate race of Bruce Herschensohn. That's when Mulholland dominated newspaper headlines for five days just before the election by planting questions about Herschensohn's personal conduct. That vintage Mulholland maneuver made it all but impossible for Herschensohn to stay on-message during the campaign's crucial closing days. Instead, the Republican was reduced to replying to unsubstantiated rumors and untrue charges circulated by Mulholland, a master at manipulating the press. The damage among undecided voters was devastating.

By the time Herschensohn had lost against the unimpressive Barbara Boxer, it turned out that the Republican was indeed guilty of — what? Along with his girlfriend and another couple, the four had attended a show at a Hollywood strip club. It was quite a coup for Mulholland.

And some more "October Surprises":

California Republicans have experienced late hits three times in the last 11 years. In 1992, Bruce Herschensohn narrowly lost a Senate race against Barbara Boxer when it was revealed on the Friday before the election that he and his girlfriend and another couple had visited a strip club. In 1994, Michael Huffington narrowly lost a Senate race against Feinstein when, a few days before the election, it was revealed that he had hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. In 1998, Darrell Issa -- now a congressmen whose $1.6 million funding of the recall petition drive produced this recall election -- lost a Senate primary when it was revealed that he had embellished his military record.
46 posted on 10/02/2003 4:08:13 PM PDT by visualops (Two Wrongs don't make a right- they make the Democratic Ticket for 2004!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Were're lucky we have an extra, critical election this Oct in CA, a year before the Presidential election. I think Bush has gotten a good idea of what to expect for next Oct from the Dems.
47 posted on 10/02/2003 7:49:12 PM PDT by Dialup Llama
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To: Diddle E. Squat
From WSJ Opinion Journal

October Surprise
Predict what Clinton will do to influence the November election.

Monday, September 5, 2000 12:01 a.m. EDT

What will be Bill Clinton's "October Surprise"?

That is, just how will Mr. Clinton use his powers as President to shape events advancing the electoral
cause of his vice president as his successor and his wife as senator from New York? OpinionJournal
readers are invited to guess what that surprise might be; the 10 best entries, selected by the editorial
board of The Wall Street Journal, will win one-year subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal Online.

The phrase "October Surprise" seems to have been invented by George Bush père. On Oct. 2, 1980,
at a campaign appearance in Eugene, Ore., Mr. Bush warned that President Carter, then struggling in
an ultimately unsuccessful re-election campaign, might spring such a surprise. "When you are a
president, you have an ability to shape things to some degree," said Ronald Reagan's running mate.

In 1991 Gary Sick, a Carter administration official in the National Security Council, published a New
York Times op-ed piece, and later a book titled "October Surprise," in which he claimed that
"individuals associated with the Reagan-Bush campaign of 1980 met secretly with Iranian officials to
delay the release of the American hostages until after the Presidential election." Bipartisan
congressional investigations found no credible evidence to support Mr. Sick's allegations--but the
results weren't made public until after the 1992 election, thus avoiding an October Surprise that might
have helped Mr. Bush in his re-election bid.

The term "October Surprise" has become an American political cliché, applied, among other things, to
Iran-contra independent counsel Lawrence Walsh's indictment of Caspar Weinberger in October 1992,
Ross Perot's re-entry into the campaign the same month, and Lyndon Johnson's last-minute Vietnam
peace efforts in 1968, which columnist William Safire retroactively dubbed an "October Surprise" in
1991. Just this Sept. 3, onetime independent counsel Michael Zeldin, in a Washington Post op-ed
criticizing current independent counsel Robert Ray for appointing a new grand jury to hear evidence
against President Clinton, declared: "I would hope we are not in for an October Surprise." In the
strictest sense, though, the phrase applies to how a President can use his powers to make things
happen, but with electoral impact in mind.

For the OpinionJournal October Surprise contest, we'll start things following with three predictions
from among our own ranks. We'll post new entries from readers every night at midnight, with the
contest closing Sept. 30. We'll judge entries on the basis of their overall insight and persuasiveness,
though of course it doesn't hurt if your prediction comes true. We'll announce the result, and reprint
the winning entries, shortly after the election.

As always, we reserve the right not to post all entries, and also to edit entries for length, clarity and
taste. Entries must include a real name and e-mail address. And now--let the games begin!

48 posted on 10/02/2003 8:00:32 PM PDT by Feiny (We Will Never Forget!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Good idea bump! Do the scare tactics they use on senior (Social Security) count? How about the rumor that republicans were planning on cancelling Head Start that went through Human Resource employees?

They seem to love to spread rumors that are as impossible to unspread as soft butter on warm toast.
49 posted on 10/02/2003 8:09:05 PM PDT by hoosiermama (.Prayers for all)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Huffington's husband was running for senate in 1994 and a few days before the election, it was disclosed he/wife had an illegal alien working for them as a maid.

Bruce Hirshinson was found to have gone to a peep show a few days before election day.
50 posted on 10/02/2003 10:09:00 PM PDT by staytrue
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52 posted on 10/07/2006 6:07:56 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

Good memory!

53 posted on 10/08/2006 7:21:04 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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