Any guesses on what the October Surprise will be?

October 7, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More

The November mid-term election is exactly one month from today.  Any guesses on what sort of October Surprise the Republicans have cooked up to help them win despite their dismal performance and lousy poll results?  Will Osama bin Laden be killed or captured?  Will gas prices hit a new low?  Will the stock market hit a new high?  Will a huge “terrorist plot” conveniently be discovered?  Place your bets and we’ll see who guessed correctly.

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Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].

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  1. grumpypilgrim says:

    I saw Republican James Baker (who was Reagan's Chief of Staff and Bush Sr.'s Secretary of State) on one of the Sunday morning news shows today (Oct. 8th) talking about a secret plan he's working on to help fix the mess in Iraq. A Republican with a plan for Iraq: that would certainly qualify as a surprise.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Here's my guess: The Republicans, the party that has been in complete power, will concoct many new creative ways to blame the powerless and idea-less Democrats for all of the corruption and all of the feckless leadership we've seen for the past six years. None of these accusations need to be based in fact, of course, and they won't be.

  3. Dan Klarmann says:

    This October surprise was handed to the Republicans by the medical research community in Missouri back in April.

    The Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative has galvanized the Pro Life / Family Values community to get out the vote. This vote will occur in our already “red” state, with an almost viable Democrat challenger to our Republican incumbent off-year Senator. This is essentially the same conservative group that voted to ban legalizing monogamy for gays in 2004, incidentally voting for our incumbent, elected-by-a-minority Commander-in-Chief, to give him a clear full percent (positive, this time) margin as a mandate to (continue to) do whatever he wants.

  4. grumpypilgrim says:

    Erich’s comment about Republicans trying to blame everything on the Democrats is already playing out in the Foley scandal. Amazingly, Foley’s Republicans protectors have been trying to blame Democrats for making such a big deal out of Foley being a sex predator. That’s right: after a Republican sent sexually explicit emails to underage boys, and after his Republican pals knowingly looked the other way and allowed his predatory behavior to continue for many years, it’s now the Democrats’ fault that this issue has become a scandal.

    I have to wonder why Republican politicians try such ridiculous yarns. Are they tacitly implying that their base is so blindingly stupid that it might actually fall for such tactics?

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