October Surprise

Do you know the term “October Surprise”? It was coined in 1972 when 10 days pre-election, incumbent President Nixon sucked the remaining oxygen from Democratic candidate George McGovern’s anti-Viet Nam war campaign message by declaring that peace was at hand. Ever since, the term “October Surprise” has been used to describe pre-emptive strikes by one prospective leader designed to strike a powerful blow to the opponent’s election intentions. Or, as in the fun fictional case of “Wag the Dog,” to help the candidate deflect attention from his own brewing scandal.

What October Surprises do you predict this year? Let’s keep a running list here.


GLORIA FELDT is the bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The LeadPeople has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the honors she has been given, Vanity Fair named her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” she was named Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” a She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century.

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2 thoughts on “October Surprise


    Romney states, “I jus can’t cut it. I quit.” Republicans draft Condoleezza Rice.

    Obama states, “I’ve had it. Get somebody else.” Hillary may be on the ticket.

    Al Sharpton comments, “Now ain’t dat sumptin!”

    Herman Cain says, “Why not me?”

    New Liberal platform: “Legalize everything except guns.”

    New Republican platform: We CAN get our act together – and someday we may.”

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