Now that all the debates and conventions are officially over, the polls are close, and the
election campaign is now in the home stretch. This means long stretches of truth-stretching political ads, occasionally interrupted by the regular TV programming, all in the effort to try to make 10 remaining undecided voters aware of the elections. However, there is still a possibility that an unpredictable major event, upsetting the balance and tilting an election result one way or the other, takes place shortly before the election. Such an event is normally called an October Surprise in American political lingo. So here is the analysis of 10 potential October Surprises that could still take place before the election.
1) Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana enact Voter ID laws that allow as the only acceptable form of ID a completed voter registration form with checked Republican Party affiliation box. (Good for Romney.)
2) Mitt Romney makes an ultimate flip flop and endorses Barack Obama for President. (Good for Obama.)
3) After voting machines owned by Romney family are installed in Ohio, a legally binding contract is revealed to make all votes submitted on these machines a property of the machine owner. (Good for Romney.)
4) Mitt Romney’s campaign declares that it will pull out of the swing states, because Mitt Romney’s Mormon church does not approve of swinging. (Good for Obama.)
5) The Apocalypse happens a week before the election. (Good for Romney, because early voters who generally favor Democrats would not be able to go to the polls. Also, it could be plausibly blamed on Obama.)
6) Mitt Romney declares that he no longer considers Russia to be the number one geopolitical enemy, and designates Nazi Germany as the new number one foe. (Good for Obama.)
7) Donald Trump finally makes his hyped-up “Big Announcement About Obama”, which reveals that Barack Obama’s middle name is “Hussein”. (Good for Romney.)
8) Paul Ryan can’t follow his exercise routine and puts on 20 pounds. (Good for Obama.)
9) Iran announces it will end its nuclear program, and Mitt Romney rightfully denounces Obama for not being tough enough on Iran’s horses and bayonets program. (Good for Romney.)
10) Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney accidentally make a truthful statement about their tax plan. (Good for Obama, but the least likely of all the above scenarios.)
Please feel free to suggest your own October Surprise.